The Rev. George R. Pauley, 99, of Scott Depot, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home in Culloden.
Rev. Pauley was born on September 22, 1913, in Nicholas County, W.Va., to Joseph and Nellie Pauley. His beloved wife, Virginia; brothers, Roy, Frank, Delford, Ralph, Harry and Robert; and sisters, Maggie Stone, Etta Mae Mann and Beatrice Nutter, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sons, G.R. (Dick) Pauley Jr. of Frankfort, Ky. and Thomas Kyle Pauley of Huntington; and daughter, Virginia Diane Perkins of Chattanooga, Tenn.; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Rev. Pauley and Virginia were married on May 11, 1935. He worked for the Gauley Mountain Coal Company until 1937, when God called him to preach the Gospel, which he did with all his heart. He graduated from the University of Charleston in 1952 (then Morris Harvey College) and attended Louisville Southern Baptist Seminary.
During his ministry, he was the pastor of Handley Baptist Church, Old Kanawha Baptist Church in Pratt and Eskdale Baptist Church from 1937 to 1944. He served Judson Baptist Church in Belle from 1944 to 1958 and the First Baptist Church in Dunbar from 1958 to 1984. He was an interim pastor for 15 churches in West Virginia after his retirement at age 70.
He baptized approximately 2,000 people and conducted hundreds of funerals and marriage ceremonies. He helped start the Baptist Church at Sissonville and was instrumental in the development of the Parchment Valley West Virginia Baptist Conference Center.
Rev. Pauley served on the Executive Board of the American Baptist Convention, Kanawha Valley Ministers Association and helped start the Chaplain Ministry at Thomas Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #159 at Dunbar.
Rev. Pauley loved his wife, Virginia; his three children and their families and his church families, but most of all, he loved Jesus. He devoted his life telling the story of Jesus.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, at First Baptist Church of Dunbar, with the Rev. Joel Harpold, the Rev. David Bess and the Rev. Mike Derry officiating. Burial will in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 27, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the George and Virginia Pauley Scholarship, Advancement Office, Alderson-Broaddus College, 101 College Hill Drive, Philippi, WV 26416.