SYLVA — The Rev. Paul Alexander Carden Jr., 66, of Sylva, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday Aug. 7, 2014. Paul was a son, brother, child of God, husband, father and grandfather.
He was born to Paul A. Carden and Mary Dillard Carden on Aug. 9, 1947.
He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Sharon Henry Carden; daughters, Paula C. Mills and friend David Craig, of Waynesville, and Kimberly C. Satterfield and husband, James, of St. Augustine, Florida. He has three grandchildren, Steffen Scarboro and Mary and Olivia Satterfield.
Paul was ordained to preach the Gospel in 1974. He pastored Big Ridge Baptist Church in Glenville, Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church and New Hope Baptist Church, in Sylva; Hyatts Chapel Baptist Church, in Whittier; and Pleasant Balsam Baptist Church, in Waynesville.
He served as chaplain to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He served two terms as president of the Haywood Christian Ministry and was chaplain to Haywood County jail officers at the time of his death.
During Paul’s life and ministry he always tried to preach the Word and live the Word with love and compassion that others would be led to Christ.
Pallbearers will be Ron Cook, Will Cook, Paul Stiles, Don Elliot, Ronnie Bryson, Freddie Clontz and Darryl Jamison. Honorary pallbearers will be past and present officers with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday Aug. 10, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Revs. Steve Jamison, Mike Moore and Charles Dean officiating. Burial will follow in Lovedale Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Haywood Christian Ministries, 150 Branner Ave, Waynesville, NC 28786.
An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.