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Former Whitley Coroner, funeral home operator Jim Paul dies

One-time Whitley County Coroner and Ellison Funeral Home Director Jim Paul died at his home just outside Corbin early Wednesday evening.

"It's a terrible thing. It's just a tragedy," said Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell, who has known Paul since he was a young child. The cause of death is currently undetermined but no foul play is suspected, Harrell said.

Paul was found dead at his home about 7:20 p.m. Deputy Shawn Jackson and the Whitley County Coroner's Office is

Paul served as Whitley County Coroner for about two years after the death of his father, Carl Paul, about a decade ago.

In addition to his work as a funeral home director, Paul was also founder of the Ken-Tenn Relief Team, which was formed after Hurricane Katrina.

The organization runs a warehouse at the old Nevisdale School that ministers to the less fortunate and it has provided suppplies to various diaster zones across the country.


Carrie Stewart (September 20, 2012) Reply

Marie, I share your pain. Deepest sympathy. You all have been just like a part of the family for so long. Be strong. It's hardest for mothers who are also widows. Now you are even with me. Love and Caring, Carrie

Janus Jones (September 20, 2012) Reply

Jim Paul had a heart for helping people. His acts of chairty will live on. I pray that the work he started can continue

Florence B. Young (September 20, 2012) Reply

Marie, My love and prayers go with you. May God lift you up by His loving arms. I loved Jimmy. He was so helpful to Chester and me. I will miss him very much.

Russ Wilburn (September 20, 2012) Reply

I got to know Jim a number of years ago through my work, we had alot of wonderful conversations. My heart felt sorrow and prayer go out to his family.

Dalton Lindsey (September 20, 2012) Reply

Jim and Carl Paul I knew because Jim was my uncle and Carl was my grandfather. I'm now sad.

francis anderson (September 20, 2012) Reply

oh my i went to school with him an he was a nice person i am sorry 4 your lost

Walter Mehlenbacher (September 21, 2012) Reply

Marie We were neighbors for several years and I went to school with Jim. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Mills (September 21, 2012) Reply

My heart is beyond broken at the loss of a dear friend! Praying for God to wrap his arms around Jim's dear children and mother!

Debbie perkins (September 21, 2012) Reply

So sorry for your family Marie and his wife and kids. Jimmy was always there when i needed him. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Our hearts are with you and your family. RIP Jimmy my friend.

Cordula Claxton (September 21, 2012) Reply

Jimmy was always there for people in need and i worked with him.Pray that God lift him up and take his source. Pray also for his family sorry for your lost. Love

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