Saturday, February 19, 2011

Harvey W. Paul, 1925-2011

On Thursday, we got word that my husband's Uncle Harvey had passed away in the hospital in Coffee County, Georgia. Uncle Harvey and Aunt Pat are pictured above on the day of our wedding in June of 1973.

Harvey Watson Paul was born in Georgia on November 7, 1925 to C.L. and Leattie (Taylor) Paul. Harvey's parents had both been married before. After C.L. and Leattie got married to each other, they had seven children together. Uncle Harvey was one of the older children in the group of children born to C.L. and Leattie Paul.

Uncle Harvey was often called "Dub," or variations of "Dub" such as Stubby or Tubby. The story I was told is that his little brother could not say "H.W.," so he called his big brother "Dub." Uncle Harvey was one of the kindest, gentlest individuals I have ever met. For many of his years at the New Departure Hyatt Bearings Division of GM, he worked 12 hours a day, for 7 days a week, in the heat treatment unit. Not once did I ever hear him complain. He also served in the United States Navy during World War Two.

Harvey was married to Elece "Pat" Stancil, and they had two sons, Gregory and Jerry, as well as several foster children. Having moved to Ohio from the Georgia, and South Carolina, Uncle Harvey and Aunt Pat opened their home to relatives from the South on numerous occasions. Their home was often the place where the extended family met for parties and picnics, complete with an abundance of good food and family stories. Often Harvey and Pat visited their families in the south as well, attending many family reunions through the years.

On February 17, 2011, Harvey W. Paul died in the Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Georgia, after a brief illness. Tributes to Uncle Harvey are found at Heartfelt Connections as well as the Sandusky Register. Services for Harvey W. Paul will be held at the Ricketson Funeral Home in Douglas, Georgia on Sunday, February 20, 2011, and at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home in Clyde, Ohio, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Harvey W. Paul will be buried next to his wife, Elece "Paul" Paul at Meadow Green Memorial Park in Huron, Ohio. (Aunt Pat passed away in 1987.)

Uncle Harvey, you will dearly missed by your family and friends. You were a dear, dear man, and our lives are better for having known you.

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