Brinson Paul

Published 10:09 am Monday, August 1, 2022

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MURFREESBORO – Brinson Paul, age 90, passed from this life at his home in Murfreesboro, North Carolina on Wednesday July 27, 2022 surrounded by his children.

Brinson was born on December 5, 1931 in the Free Union Community of Beaufort County, NC, to Edgar Ruel Paul and Mamie Cox Paul.

After graduating from Pantego High School in 1950, he attended Chowan Junior College, where he met Lorene Bennett, who became the love of his life and best friend. They were married on February 23, 1953.

Brinson played basketball and baseball for Chowan, and he paid his way through college by working at Chowan, Western Auto, and the local newspaper.

Following graduation from Chowan in 1952, he worked in Norfolk, VA with the Virginian Railroad, until drafted into the U.S. Army. After serving for two years, he was hired by Motors Insurance Corporation, a division of General Motors. During his 37-year career with GM, he held 15 positions in 10 different cities, first in Raleigh, NC as Adjuster, and lastly in Detroit, MI as Manager of Field Operations for the eastern U.S.

Upon retiring in 1992, Brinson and Lorene moved one final time to Murfreesboro. Brinson led the development of the Brady C. Jefcoat Museum of Americana in Murfreesboro. For many years he led the museum’s operations and directed the Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest. Brinson also served at Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Chowan University, and the Murfreesboro War Veterans’ Memorial.

Brinson was awarded the Murfreesboro Community Service Award, the Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds award, and Chowan University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Brinson is survived by daughter, Barbara Beasley (Roger) of Bellevue, WA; son, David Paul (Janice) of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Philip Beasley of Bellevue, WA; Daniel Beasley of Kirkand, WA; Nate Paul (Ashley) of Carrollton, TX; Jenna Kok (Andrew) of Van Alstyne, TX; Emily Paul of Carrollton, TX; Abby Paul of Allen, TX; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Jovie Kok of Van Alstyne, TX. Also surviving is brother, Donald Paul (Barbara) of Austin, TX.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Lorene; parents, Edgar and Mamie Paul; brothers, Robert Paul (Verna), Reid Paul (Sandy); and sister Ruth Sutton (Clyde).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lorene and Brinson Paul Scholarship Fund at Chowan University, One University Place, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855 or online at