William Paul McMerrell
3/29/1953 - 11/15/2020

William “Paul” McMerrell, of Emory, passed away on November 15, 2020 in Greenville. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Emory Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Rolen and Rev. Mike Moss officiating. Burial will be in Emory City Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Emory Baptist Church. Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville, Texas is charge of arrangements.  

Paul was born March 29, 1953 in Dallas, Texas to Charles McMerrell and Joyce Melton Buckholt. He married Deb Kearney on October 11, 1974 in Emory, Texas. He worked for Verizon, Contel and GTE for 36 ½ years and was the Associate Pastor of Bull Creek Cowboy Church for approximately 8 years. He was a member of Believers Baptist Church in Emory. As a minister, Paul performed many weddings and funerals for family and friends and was always available when needed. He enjoyed life, doing woodworking in his shop, gardening, working on their farm with his cows and horse, “Kit.” He loved his family and had lots of good times just sitting around in the yard watching the kids and grandkids making memories.

He is survived by his wife, Deb McMerrell of Emory; son, Casey McMerrell; daughter, Haylea Stracener and husband, Ryan; mother, Joyce Buckholt; grandchildren, Madison, Shaylee, Jadyn and Rowdy.

He was preceded in death by his, son, Lucas McMerrell, father, Charles McMerrell, stepfather, Bennie Buckholt and stepmother, Eva McMerrell.

Pallbearers will be Brad Chastain, Kade Wallace, Kody Wallace, Keith Wallace, Josh Hitchcock and Chan Peters.

Memorials may be made to Believers' Baptist Church, 1133 North Texas St., Emory, Texas 75440.

The family is requesting that everyone in attendance wears masks and follows Standard Covid Precautions.




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