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(June 13, 1919 to June 5, 2016)
Paul Haws of Jacksonville passed the morning of Sunday, June 5th. He passed peacefully after a brief illness and his wife of 74 and ½ years was at his side at the time of his passing.
Paul was born on June 13, 1919 in Jacksonville to Fannie and John Washington Haws. Paul would have been celebrating his 97th only a week from the date of his departure from this life. Paul and Wanda are members of the Church of Christ in Bullard.
Paul and his high school sweetheart, Wanda, daughter of Ruby and Robert Cariker of Jacksonville, began their adventurous life together when they were married on November 20th, 1941 just 3 weeks before Pearl Harbor.
Paul had taken a job in Sandusky, Ohio, where they celebrated their marriage together, a marriage which spanned seven and ½ decades of happy times together and devotion of one another in places across the US and all around the world.
From the beginning of their time together in Ohio, Paul and Wanda lived in, Rockwood, Tennessee, where Paul worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, the product of which ended WWII and earned him an award from the U.S. State Department.
From Tennessee, they moved to Beaumont, TX, where Paul began a long career with the Stone and Webster Company and later The Badger Company of Cambridge, Mass. Paul advanced in his career as a Construction Manager overseeing major petrochemical plants and refineries in Kuwait City, Kuwait; Trieste, Italy; Bayonne, New Jersey; Milan, Italy; Elkhart, Indiana; Antwerp, Belgium; Sydney, Australia; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Houston, TX; Stockton on Tees, England; and Chicago, IL. Each of these projects meant relocating his family to a new and many times challenging environment.
The variety of locations that Paul, Wanda and their two girls, Janice and Rebecca, lived, provided never-ending new experiences, from crossing the ocean several times on ships such as the Queen Mary and the SS United States, to making new friends and cherished memories along the way.
After retiring from his career of building major projects all over the world, Paul and Wanda moved back to Jacksonville to their home on Drip Rock Creek.
As a boy, Paul had grown up close to Drip Rock Creek only a ½ mile away, so the territory was quite familiar after experiencing a life living in numerous countries filled with a wide variety of work and experiences. Returning to Drip Rock Creek brought tremendous pleasure to both Paul and Wanda, where they were able to enjoy the beauty of the woods, the numerous birds that visited their feeders, the deer that roamed across the property and the chance to reconnect with family and friends in East Texas.
Paul is survived by his wife, Wanda and his daughters, Janice Barker, married to Michael Barker and a resident of Pasadena, CA, and Rebecca Hodges, married to Byron Hodges and a resident of Houston. Paul is also survived by his only granddaughter, Gracie Marie Barker of Pasadena, CA, and his sisters, Mary Francis Gregg of Jacksonville and Betty Ousley of Frankston, and numerous nieces, nephews and grand dogs.
He is predeceased by his brother, Joe Haws and his only grandson, Brandon Barker.
A graveside service is scheduled at 11 o'clock in the morning Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Jarratt Cemetery with Glenn Cogburn officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 5:30 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Tracy Clinic, 806 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007, or to the charity of the donors choice.
Published on June 8, 2016
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