Paul A. Coram, age 81, of Marceline, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center in Marceline.
Paul A. Coram, age 81, of Marceline, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center in Marceline. A Celebration of his life will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Bethany Baptist Church beginning at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until time of service. At Paul’s request he was cremated; interment of ashes will be private at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Marceline. Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Family Life Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.
Paul Arthur was born on August 31, 1932 in Kirksville, MO to Noel and Rosella (Meeker) Coram. His early years were spent in Kirksville and Los Angeles, California. He was a member of the last class to graduate from Shelby (MO) High School. Paul was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving as an electrician at posts in Virginia and France. Following his military discharge, he returned to Missouri and worked for a number of years as a disc jockey for Brookfield radio station KGHM, earning his moniker “Tall Paul”; during his stint at the radio station, he also called play-by-plays for local high school football and basketball games. Additionally, Paul worked as a newspaper man for George Williams at the Daily New Bulletin. In 1965, he began his career with Pischel Publishing (later to become Herff Jones), serving as the Midwest regional sales manager for many years. He also spent six years at their facility in Logan, Utah, and retired from a subsidiary of Herff Jones’s, Camera Art, in Lewiston, MN in 1991. More recently, he has been a contributing writer to the Linn County Leader and the Chariton County News Press, publishing “On and Around Main Street USA.” He was an avid story teller.
In 1959, he married Shirley Bailey Epperson, and together they raised her three children, Margaret, Dell and Richard, and added a son of their own, Paul II. Upon Paul’s retirement and their subsequent return to Marceline, he remained active in the community and his church, where he served as Deacon. He was a past member of the Marceline Library Board. An avid antique car enthusiast, he was a member of The Backroads Cruisers Car Club, and designed and crafted the Club’s “Eye Poppers” trophies. Paul and Shirley enjoyed their retirement years, traveling and spending winters at their home away from home, Gulf Shores, Alabama. He loved rebuilding cars, watching movies, reading and spending time with his family.
Paul is survived by his wife Shirley, of the home; daughter, Margaret Epperson and husband Gary Carlson, Marceline; sons Dell Epperson and wife Janet, Aiea, Hawaii; Rick Epperson and wife Pam, Hyrum, Utah; and Paul Coram II and wife Judy, Indianapolis, Indiana. Seven grandchildren, Allegra Eakins, Marceline; Cannon DeWeese, St. Louis; Josh Epperson, Layton, Utah; Jeremiah Epperson, Kanab, Utah; Richard Epperson, Salt Lake City, Utah; Rebekah Epperson, Logan, Utah; and Ashley Whitehouse, Greenfield, Indiana, seven great grandchildren, a sister Virginia Athens, New York; and a brother Larry Adams and wife Kathy, Nevada, MO; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman and Roger Adams, a sister Shirley Collins and a sister-in-law Phyllis Bailey Hutfles. And as Paul would say, “at least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!”