Paul Squirrell, 83, of Cherokee, passed away peacefully, following a period of declining health, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 with his family and friends by his side. He had resided at the Tsali Care Center during the final days of his life.
Paul was the son of the late Adam Squirrell and Jane Welch both of Cherokee. He was a fluent Cherokee speaker and life-long member of the Big Cove Missionary Baptist Church in the Big Cove Community where he was saved at the age of 21. Paul leaves behind his loving wife of more than 46 years, Mrs. Shirley (Bellflower) Squirrell. It was spoken that Shirley had come to the Cherokee area when she was 19 and met Paul. She left and returned six months later to be with him and they never separated from that point.
Paul, never having children of his own, leaves behind, nephews, Herbert Squirrell (Pamela) and Fred Squirrell with great-nephew, Robbie Squirrell and great-niece, Shandrea Squirrell and one exceptional friend, James “Bo” Parris. Paul will be missed by his loved ones and those that knew him as a friend.
Paul was preceded in death by one brother, John Squirrell and a great-nephew, Brock Squirrell.
The family is receiving friends on Thursday, June 6 in the Chapel of Long House Funeral Home in Cherokee from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will follow on Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. with a burial to follow in the Wolfe Family Cemetery in the Big Cove Community. The Rev. James “Bo” Parris will officiate the services and the pall bearers will be among the family and friends.
Long House Funeral Home is assisting the family in the final arrangements.