Rev. Paul David Dye, 77, of Mineral Wells, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 20, 1934 in Chesterville, W.Va., a son of the late Dale David and Blendena Margaret Thompson Dye. He graduated from Parkersburg High in 1952 and in 1964, he received his license to pilot a single engine plane. He attended Tennessee Temple, Appalachian Bible Institute and Lincoln Community College. Paul was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed by Union Carbide Plastics before entering into Ministry.
He received his License to Preach on Aug. 22, 1968, and was ordained on Nov. 3, 1969. He pastored for 33 years in the following churches: Stanleyville Community Church (Ohio) 1969-1970, First Baptist Church of Waverly (Ill.) 1970-1972, Calvary Memorial (Longacre, W.Va.) 1972-1973, Big Tygart Baptist (W.Va.) 1973-1974, Dorcas Maysville Baptist Parish (W.Va.) 1974-1978, Lauckport Baptist (W.Va.) 1978-1982, First Baptist of Belington (W.Va.) 1982-1985, Deucher-Lawrence Baptist Parish (Ohio) 1985-1989, Harmony Baptist (Maysville, W.Va.) 1989-2003, where he retired, Pond Creek Baptist (W.Va.) and Milhoan Ridge Baptist (W.Va.). He received the Ward W. Hibbs Ministerial Award in 1998 for distinguished service, effectiveness and faithfulness in town and country ministry. He was a member of Big Tygart Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jeanne Dye; daughters, Connie Sue Dellinger (Richard) of Mineral Wells and Paula Jean Bergdoll (Hank) of Moorefield, W.Va.; sons, Paul M. Dye (Susan) of Port Deposit, Md. and David Bryan Dye of Mineral Wells; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Linda K. Love of DeLand, Fla. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Glenn Dye and James Dale Dye.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, with Rev. Paul Donaldson and Rev. Rufus Hoalcraft officiating. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Mt. Zion Cemetery with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 15.
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