Leon Laverne Paul, 82, of Washburn, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville. He was the son of Nelson Thomas Paul and Quintilla (Hall) Paul. He graduated from Washburn High School with the class of 1947.
He was inducted into the United States Army, Nov. 7, 1950. He served in the Korean War, where he was wounded in action and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged March 13, 1952.
On Nov. 24, 1953, he was united in marriage to Charlene Barber-Meadows at the First Baptist Church, Cassville, by Rev. O.V. Dodson.
He was a dairy farmer in the Washburn Community for over 42 years and also had beef cattle. He served many years on the school board, road district, FmHA Committee, Farm Service Committee and Extension Council. His family was selected as the Farm Family representing Barry County in 1972.
He was saved while in Korea and baptized into Washburn First Baptist Church on June 20, 1965. On Aug. 23, 1970, he was ordained a deacon. He also served as Sunday school director and teacher.
Survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Charlene; one sister, Vada Cox, of Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter, Connie Deans; four sons, David L. Paul, Robert A. Paul and his wife, Michelle, and Jerry Paul and wife, Yi Liu, all of Washburn, and Dennis Paul, of St. Louis; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parent; four brothers, Ralph, Joe, Junior and Lester Lee Paul; six sisters, Pauline Paul, Iva Myers, Eva Walden, Erma Robbins, and twin sisters, Ferne Cummings and Faye Cox; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Washburn First Baptist Church under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Max Edmondson and Rev. Glenn Erwin conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Washburn Prairie Cemetery at Washburn.
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