Paul W. Dearinger, 54 of Paris

Paul W. Dearinger, age 54 of Paris, died at his home on Monday, December  2 2013.  Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00am in the Christian Fellowship Church in Paris with Reverends Ron Corzine and Cory Jones officiating.  Wood Funeral Homes, Deport have charge of the arrangements.

He was born on January 27, 1959 in Dallas, the son of Joseph and Shirley Hargrove Dearinger.  He married the former Susan Hill on September 21, 1985.  He was a long time minister of the Christian Fellowship Church of Paris, beginning preaching there in 1986.  He became Senior Pastor in 1997; prior to that he served as worship leader, youth pastor, administrator, and assistant pastor.  Paul was involved in Paris Community Theatre; Lamar Minister Association; Co-Ministry; Volunteer Chaplain at Local Hospital; Chaplain at Dubois  Long Term Care Facility; First Responders, The Gathering, and Walk to Emmaus.

He is survived by his wife, Susan of Paris; sons:   Sam Dearinger and wife, Taylor of The Woodlands and Josiah Dearinger of Paris;his mother Shirley Dearinger of Paris; Brothers:  David Dearinger and wife, Martha of Hugo, Oklahoma; Michael Dearinger, and wife Lorie of Fredricksburg; sister, Becky Williams and husband, Jim of Montgomery, Texas; many nieces and  nephews including, Rebekah Carter and husband, Steven–Cameron and jstin; Jan Dearinger and wife Shea–Alexis, Julia, and Olivia; Elizabeth Adams and husband, David—Benjamin and Joseph; Johnanna Garrison and husband, Jon–Josei and Katherine; Jerimiah Dearinger–Emma, Ezra, Set, Joseph, and Eva; Anna Fuller and husband, Matt–Madalyn Aubrey, and Brenham; Sarah Brook and husband, Jarod–Elyse, Isaiah, Elijah, and Hanna; Matthew Williams; Sherrie Strange and husband, Anthony–Alex and Landon;  Amanda Williams; numerous  cousins, and friends

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Christian Fellowship Church, 3130 N. Main, Paris, TX 75460 or Paris Community Theatre, P.O. Box 913, Paris, Texas 75461



  1. Jan Moore says:

    My love and prayers for all the family. Paul had such faith it was amazing. I know he will be greatly missed

  2. Jimmy Mentzel says:

    Paul lived one block over from my home in Lancaster as kids. I was in several classes in school with him. I also played on his 6th grade football team together. He was a great guy!!! You were lucky to have him. We missed him when he moved. I started praying for your family when I heard the news this weekend. I am glad he is pain free!!

  3. Terri Palmer says:

    Prayers to Susan and entire family. Paul was a great Godly man and he touched many lives. He will be missed, but oh that Glorious Day when we will be reunited with our loved ones! He will be there welcoming us with open arms! God’s peace be with you and may you find comfort in the arms of Jesus.

  4. Allan & Savannah Hubbard says:

    Our time in a couple of PCT shows with Paul, and serving alongside him on the minister’s association, are treasured memories. He calmly and un-legalistically exuded the love of Christ and was an all around terrific guy. That contagious smile! Don’t you know he’s just beaming in heaven just now?

  5. John & Linda Vick says:

    We had the privilege of attending Grace Fellowship for several years and have loved and appreciated the Dearinger family ever since. Paul was leading praise and worship at that time and he had such a heart of worship. Personally, for my wife, we so appreciated that even a few years later when we were serving in another ministry, Paul was willing to take the time and help her with some keyboard lessons. We praise God for his life and now cherish his memory, thankful he is healed. We pray blessings and comfort to the entire Dearinger family.

  6. Mike Jack says:

    My heart is grieved because I sit in Arlington iced in. I wanted to be at the memorial service Saturday morning, but does not look like I can. Vivian and I send our love to Shirley, Susan, and the family. Paul was truly a knight for the Lord Jesus and His Kingdom. Many wonderful memories that I have of Paul. I will plan to see you Shirley next time I am in Paris and share some memories. With a heavy heart we release Paul to do mighty conquests for God’s majesty, with Paul always having that heart of laughter and gentleness. Love Mike and Vivian.

  7. Tom & Eliza Henderson says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the Dearinger Family’s loss. We know that he will be terribly missed. Our prayers are for the entire family – Susan and the boys and Shirley. May you all feel the Lord’s peace and comfort. ~ Tom & Eliza Henderson, Colorado Springs, CO.

  8. Jim Magers says:

    My, my, my. I just learned of Paul’s going home to glory. Paul was in my youth group and we became best friends in Mesquite Texas. There will not be enough room to write all the good things I know about Paul, his great family, Mike, David, and the fair Rebecca. What a Godly family. JT and Shirley were best friends with my parents. This is a family of prayer that loves God. Paul was one of the funniest, nicest, God loving men I have ever known. I emailed him awhile back just to catch up and we talked about getting together. When we were younger, Bro. Sonny Holland preached a sermon called “Someday”. For me, someday never came. I so wish I had the chance to have talked to him and heard his great laugh, and discussed the deep truths of the Bible for hours, like we did years ago. What a great, great man Paul was. I remember someone said, we do not die, we just move on High. Because i know Paul loved God, and was a Christian, I am not hopeless. I will indeed see him again, someday. God bless Paul’s great family, his wife and kids, and comfort all those who knew him. I can only imagine the joy Paul is having with his dad, and heavenly Father! My, my, my.

    Jim Magers

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