Emmett Paul Jr.

Services for Emmett David Paul Jr., 85, of Canton are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Eubank Chapel with Dr. Mark Robinson and Dr. Mark Moore officiating under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.

Burial will be in Haven of Memories in Canton.

He passed away Jan. 2, 2013, in Tyler.

Mr. Paul was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Canton to Emmett David Paul Sr. and Mamie Bellamy Paul.

Emmett was a graduate of Canton High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1952 with an honorable discharge. He worked as a banking officer for nearly 40 years. He worked in Dallas, Overton, and was well known in Pittsburg, where he worked for 17 years, from 1972 to 1989, before moving back to Canton, his hometown, in 1989.

In Canton, Emmett worked for The Bank Of Van Zandt for six years before retiring in December 1995. While in Pittsburg he served as bank president and worked on the board of directors in 1987. He was an active leader in the Kiwanis Club, Cattlemen's Association and secretary-treasurer of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. Emmett received the Aubrey E. Pilgrim Award in 1976 for outstanding accomplishment in agriculture. He was a third-generation farmer and an avid hunter and fisherman. During his retirement, Emmett stayed active in Rotary and received the "Paul Harris Fellow" award serving as Rotary president from 1996 to 1997. He served on Canton's Sesquicentennial Committee in 1998 and designed the Van Zandt County flag along with his son Gary M. Paul. The last 17 years of his retirement he spent time as a rancher, finding him working with cattle, fishing and hunting on the family farm. He was loved by his family.

Surviving are wife of 60 years, Fern Page Paul of Canton; son, Gary and Pamala Paul of Tyler; granddaughters, Emily Paul and Morgan Paul Geddie, both of Canton; grandson-in-law, Jordan Geddie of Canton; sisters, Nela and Dwaine Burnett of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mamie Hale of Sunnyvale; two nephews; five nieces; and various other relatives.

Emmett was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arnold Paul; sister-in-law, Bobbie Jackson Paul; and daughter-in-law, Sarah Paul.

Pallbearers will be the Canton Rotary Club.

Family will receive friends Saturday, 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

To sign the guestbook go to www.eubankfh.com

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 5, 2013