Larry Joe Pauley, age 71 died Monday February 10, 2014. Born on February 16, 1942 in Pike County Kentucky, he was the son of the late Joseph Edward and Reba Sammons Pauley. Larry was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and served in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Larry was a member in the Cleveland Masonic Lodge #202 AF&AM, Scottish Rites Masonic Bodies of Charlotte, and Oasis Shriner. Larry loved drag racing and was a Tech Director for 22 years for the International Hot Rod Association, (IHRA), Larry was the owner of P&H Transmissions, Inc. in Shelby and was an avid supporter of Crossroads Rescue Mission and The Master’s House. In addition to his parents, Larry is preceded in death by a sister, Janice Scott; and father and mother in-law, Sam and Vernie Hamrick.
Larry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Freida Hamrick Pauley; a son, Eddie Pauley and wife Deanna of Shelby; cousin, Mark Aaron of Gastonia, who Larry loved like a son; sister, Margaret Runyon and husband Harry of Dallas; two grandchildren, Madeline Pauley and Dawson Pauley; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00am at Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. Timothy Sims and Rev. Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow with Masonic Rites by Cleveland Masonic Lodge #202 AF&AM and Military Honors at Cleveland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00pm on Friday, February 14, 2014 in the sanctuary of Bethel Baptist Church. At other times the family will be at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads Rescue Mission, 206 Mt. Sinai Church Road, Shelby NC 28152, The Master’s House, 727 Polkville Road, Shelby NC 28150 or Bethel Baptist Church Youth Missions, 606 S. DeKalb St., Shelby 28150.
Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Pauley.