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Carl Thomas Paughf, 1926-1998

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  The Rev. Carl T. Paughf was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Orinoca, Virginia, to William Thomas and Mary Wise Paughf. He attended Orinoca Elementary School and the Pleasant View High School. He completed his high school education in Washington, D.C. There he prepared for a ministry career at an early age. He attended Ferrum College and graduated from Lynchburg College in 1962. Carl was ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church on June 14, 1971, and served the ministry for 50 years.

  His ministry appointments included: Mount Tabor, Monroe (1948); Toms Brook (1950); Mount Solon (1952); Gainesboro (1955); Mount Airy (1956); Phoenix (1958); Pamplin (1962); Asbury Memorial, Danville (1970); and Painter-Bethel (1973), where Carl served as pastor for 22 years until he retired in 1995. He served as director for 14 years at Camp Occohannock, now known as Occohannock On the Bay in Davis Wharf, Virginia. Carl had a particular passion for youth camps and youth development, and he held various positions in every district he served. He held Scoutmaster and district positions with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America throughout his career.

  Carl was a member of the Exmore Ruritan Club and served in the position of secretary from 1973 until 1998. He was awarded special mission recognition by the Bethel United Methodist Women, and a gift for the mission of the church was forwarded to the Women’s Division. He taught English at Central High School in Painter, Virginia, and contributed his time to substitute teaching throughout his life. He served as associate chaplain at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox, Virginia, since 1973, and in the Industrial Chaplains of the Eastern Shore.

  Carl always had time to spend with those in need. He reserved time to visit those who were sick, hospitalized, and confined to their homes. He believed life was a gift of God given to use and share with the love of family and friends. The greatest treasures were those bestowed upon his ministry. He said, "I have experienced everything that a minister could experience with gratefulness in my heart for loving Christians like you."

  "It has been a vision through which human eyes can see beyond, for through our eyes we can see the greatness of God."

  Carl was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He dedicated his life to God, his ministry, his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lucille Maddox Paughf; his son, Carl, Jr.; and one granddaughter, Kalyn Blaire Paughf. Carl truly preached and lived by God’s word and he will be missed.

  A service was held on Sept. 10, 1998 at the Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore, Virginia. The service was conducted by Elizabeth A.S. Wright, district superintendent, Eastern Shore; Carl’s good friend, the Rev. Emerson Twining, pastor of the Exmore Wesleyan Church; and the Rev. Clarence Bowen, pastor of Painter-Bethel.

— Lucille M. Paughf and Carl, Jr.



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