Fred Lamar Paul, 87, of Rome, GA, entered eternal rest on Friday, August 4, 2023. Son of the late Joseph Robert Paul and Virgie Mae Coggins Paul, he was born in Plains, Georgia, on January 25, 1936. His beloved wife, Barbara Ann Sewell Paul, his son David Alan Paul, and his siblings Robert Ferrell Paul and Mary Helen Paul Everett predeceased him.
Lamar met Barbara Ann Sewell while attending Plains High School and they married in 1955 after they had both graduated high school. They had 5 children during their first 8 years of marriage. He worked for the Sumter County Board of Education and Georgia Southwestern College as a Maintenance Technician, as well as helping his father in all aspects of home construction.
In 1970, he moved to Rome, GA. with his family. He helped in the construction of many power plants in GA, TN, and AL and was a member of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 766 of Rome (local 72 of Atlanta). He also served in the Army National Guard for 13 years, and the Army Reserves for 21 years. He and Barbara moved to Waynesboro, GA in 1984 where he contributed to the construction of Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant. They began raising their grandson, Michael Paul (who has Prader-Willi Syndrome), when he was only six months old. Lamar was later employed by The Georgia Power Company at Plant Vogtle for 11 years prior to his retirement in 1996, when they returned to the hometown they loved, Rome, GA.
Both Lamar and Barbara were devoted to Michael’s care and were advocates for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. Lamar served as a Board Member for the Prader-Willi Association of GA for many years. He was a man of deep faith and was devoted to God and his church. He was a member of the men’s Faith Sunday School Class and served as a Trustee at Shorter Avenue Baptist Church for more than 20 years. He served as a role model for his family and community. He thoroughly enjoyed providing minor repairs and maintenance at the church, as well as for many neighbors, family, and friends. He enjoyed reading, watching Atlanta Braves baseball, and taking his grandson fishing.
He is survived by daughter Lynn Paul Owen of Chipley, FL; son Raymond L. Paul of Rome, GA; son Wayne E. Paul and wife Audrey Breadon Paul of Rosharon, TX; daughter Karen Paul Salmond and husband George R. Salmond of Roswell, GA; 14 grandchildren: Kristie Paul Cook, Amy Owen Rudd, Kyle Owen, Michael Paul, Tim, Chris, Ben, and Nicholas Paul, Rachel Paul Kalameja, Emily, Leslie, and Mackenzie Salmond, Jessica Gattenby-Butler, and Austin Gattenby; 11 great grandchildren: Wesley Rudd, Kyleigh Owen, John Thomas Cook, Willa Cook, Amiah Gattenby, Matthew, Lake, Genevieve, Jeremy, Annabelle and Leonardo Paul.
The family will hold a visitation for family and friends on Sunday, August 13th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at Shorter Avenue Baptist Church, 1410 Shorter Avenue NW, Rome, GA 30165. The funeral service will be at 4 p.m. immediately after visitation. Pastor Jeremy Albright will preside over the services. An interment / burial will be the following Saturday for family in south GA, Saturday, August 19th, at 2 p.m. Lebanon Cemetery in Plains, GA.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his memory to DIGS, Inc., P.O. Box 1053, Rome, GA 30162-1053, or to Shorter Avenue Baptist Church, 1410 Shorter Avenue, Rome, GA 30165.
Parnick Jennings Good Shepherd Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements