Memorial services for Paul Onsby Boles, 83, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hwy 31 Church of Christ, Brownsboro, under the direction of Burks Walker Tippet Funeral Home, Tyler. Burial will be 1 p.m. in Jennings Mountain Cemetery prior to the memorial service
Paul was born Jan. 25, 1931, in Kaufman. He graduated from Brownsboro High School and served in the United States Navy
where he was a crew chief on a PBY Catalina. His service took him to the North and South Pacific - from Alaska, Hawaii and beyond. While in the service, he married Betty Nichols and they were stationed in California until the end of his military career.
After serving his country, he began working on the pipeline where he became a master of all heavy equipment - he could operate them all. This career took him across the United States until he and Betty decided that it was time to settle down in Brownsboro and raise a family. Paul then began his career with Carrier Corp. as night plant supervisor, where he would eventually retire in 1993.
After retirement, he spent countless hours in his vegetable garden where he would grow, harvest and share the bounty with his family and friends. After a hard day's work in the garden, he enjoyed nothing more than a good visit with his three special friends, Bob Alexander, John Saylors and Rick Wyatt, whom he loved very much.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 60 years, Betty Boles; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Matthew Hamm, of Tyler; a son, John Paul Boles, of Brownsboro; two treasured grandchildren, Wesley Paul Boles and Mary Elizabeth Boles, and their mother, Shana Boles; his niece, Elizabeth Ann Kight and husband Charles, of Dallas. He was predeceased by Arland Boles, affectionately known as "Brother."
The family will receive friends at the Hwy 31 Church of Christ immediately following the service. With grateful hearts for the comfort and care provided by the dedicated staff and volunteers at The Hospice of East Texas, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.