Thursday, August 12, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Rev. (Dr.) Paul D. Outland went home to be with Jesus Christ his Savior and Lord on August 10, 2010. Paul was born in Paducah, Ky. to Raymond and Goldie (Knight) Outland who predeceased him. The Outland family moved to Akron, Ohio when Dad was just a baby. He graduated from Garfield High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He proudly served at Ford Island and Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On one occasion, his plane went down in the Pacific but God had plans for him and he was unharmed. In January of 1946 he married Mary "Mickey" Leatherwood. They were married for 59 12 years until God called her home to heaven in May of 2005. During his time in the Navy, God was dealing with his heart and he felt the call of God upon his life. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946, he and mom moved to Ft. Worth, Texas where he attended Baptist Bible Seminary. During his time at seminary, he obtained Bachelor of Church Building, Bachelor of Theology, and Bachelor of Divinity degrees. In the early 1980's he had a doctorate degree conferred upon him from Northwestern Baptist Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Dad's life verse was Isaiah 40:31
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." In January, 1950, he was called back to his home church, The Akron Baptist Temple and had a career there that spanned more than five decades. He made hundreds of friends and acquaintances through the years. Only time will tell how many hundreds of people have received Christ as their Savior during his ministry. In 1997, Dad and Mom moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia and became faithful members of North Metro First Baptist Church where they made many dear friends. They attended Odell Tucker's Sunday school class and sang in the senior adult choir. After Mom went to heaven in 2005, Dad felt God's call once again and moved his membership to Galilean Baptist Church. There he became involved with the Gospel Preachers Association and dearly loved attending various revivals and camp meetings in Georgia and North Carolina. During the last three years of his life, Dad was blessed to have reunited with a dear high school friend who became the twinkle in his eye and the song in his heart, Eleanor Dyar. She remained a devoted companion to him through all his surgeries and loved him dearly. She truly became a treasured member of our family. We would especially like to thank Janet Burden of Crossroads Hospice for her care of Dad as well as us as we took on the role of caregivers. Her love, care, and wisdom was above and beyond anything we could have ever asked. Left to cherish his memory is his daughter and son (in-law), Sandra and Johnny Brewer of Lawrenceville Georgia. He could not have loved any natural-born son more than he loved Johnny. He also leaves brother and sister in-laws, Rev. Bob and Yvonne Leatherwood of Georgia, Sid and Edna Leatherwood of Tennessee, Maynard and Doris Leatherwood of Florida, John and Belinda Leatherwood of Florida and Rev. Tom and Joann Leatherwood of North Carolina. In addition, he leaves many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Even though he only knew them for a few years, he is also survived by his grandchildren, Lisa Brewer, Christy Brewer and Johnny (Krista) Brewer and great grandsons Austin and Eric. The ministry of Christ was truly the love of Dad's life. In lieu of flowers we are asking that donations be sent to REV. PAUL OUTLAND MEMORIAL SCOLARSHIP FUND at the Gwinnett Community Bank, 3893 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd Suwanee, GA 30024 attention: Peggy Litchfield. This fund will be used to further the gospel through educational assistance, church building and missions. The Service for Rev. Paul D. Outland will be held at Galilean Baptist Church, 1390 Monfort Road in Lawrenceville on Saturday, August 14th at 11:00 A.M., with Dr. Robert Leatherwood and Dr. Rex McPherson officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 13th 12:00 Noon 8:00 P.M. at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Creamtory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535, and one hour before the service at the church. Burial is to follow funeral at Gwinnett Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceville.