Age: 92 Address: Bakersville, NC Date of Death: Friday, June 14, 2013 Arrangements: Henline-Hughes Funeral Home
Details: G. Paul Kenyon of Bakersville passed away on Friday, June 14th at the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. Paul had resided with his son, Randy Kenyon and his wife Teresa in Bakersville for the past several years. He had recently moved to the Brian Center in Spruce Pine due to failing health.
Paul was born June 30, 1920 in Coudersport, Pa. to Lillie Randall Kenyon and Leroy Aden Kenyon. He was one of three sons raised on a dairy farm. His goal as a young man was to leave the farm and see the world. Paul served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. He used the GI Bill to obtain an undergraduate education at Kent State University in Ohio and a M.D. from the University of Rochester. He earned a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He married Rose Pujazon Kenyon and was the father of three children.
With his wife and children he lived in many locations and served as a physician in many capacities. He lived and worked in West Pakistan and West Germany while working as a physician for the federal government. He served as the Columbia County, N.Y. Public Health Commissioner while residing in Claverack, NY and later worked for the State of NY as an epidemiologist. Paul lived in New Orleans, La for over 30 years. During some of that time he was affiliated with Charity Hospital and he also provided free medical care to those in need.
When Paul retired as a practicing physician, he became a full time student of life. He had many varied interests and hobbies including ornithology, astronomy, recording music, reading, and bicycling. When he turned 75 he embarked on a 2000 mile cross-country bike trip from New Orleans, La. He stopped to visit his children along the way in Baton Rouge, La., Saltville, Va. and Cambridge, NY before ending his trip at the family farm in Coudersport, Pa.
Paul leaves behind three children and their families: son, Randy Kenyon and wife Teresa of Bakersville, NC, and their children: Jim and Dave Kenyon, Crystal Wood and husband Matt and baby daughter, Abby; daughter, Susan Kenyon of Cambridge, NY and her children Lyle and Wyatt Wesner; and son Lester Kenyon and wife Lyn of Zachary, La. He also leaves behind several nephews and grandnephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl and Leonard and by his ex-wife, Rose.
There will be no funeral service. A memorial service will be held at a later date for immediate family members. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be in the form of contributions to a charity.