Paul Lester Flye

Paul Lester Flye

Nash County, North Carolina, USA
Death 16 Jan 1988 (aged 88)
Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 181412195 · View Source
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Ancestors of Kimberley Diane FLYE


4. Paul Lester FLY(FLYE)

BACKGROUND: 1930 Census shows Paul, Lillie, and their family living at Greenville, Pitt, North Carolina.

AS WRITTEN BY: Thelma and Dawn Flye - 2004.

Paul Flye lived 64 years of his life in Greenville, North Carolina, although he was a native of Edgecombe County. His parents were James William and Alma Bell Fly. He had one brother, O'Desley Fly, affectionately referred to as "Dessie". "Dessie" later married and had three children, Jimmy, Billy, and Frances. "Granny" Fly and her husband raised the three grandchildren as their own when "Dessie", who worked with the railroad, was unable to be at home to raise his children in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It was Paul Flye and later added an 'e' to the name Fly, which was a derivative of the English name, "Flythe".

After serving and being wounded in World War I, Mr. Flye came to Greenville and began to work with the Greenville Utilities. On April 9, 1921, he married Lillie Green Satterfield, a native of Pitt County. From this marriage, there were born 12 children, 2 of which died in infancy. Of the surviving 10 children, there were 5 boys and 5 girls. Mr. and Mrs. Flye raised all 10 children at 1000 West Third Street in Greenville, North Carolina. After attending elementary school at Third Street Elementary School, all 10 children went on to Greenville High School, which at the time was located in downtown Greenville on East Fifth Street. Several of the children would later go on to receive an education at East Carolina University.

Many of the boys excelled in sports, and all would later join one of the branches of the armed services. "Paul, Jr.," the oldest of the 10 children, enlisted in the National Guard and was called to active during World War II. He returned a war hero after being injured with the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, and the Bronze Star. Dick joined the Navy, serving in World War II. Larry and Bobby joined the Air Force, serving in the Korean War. Even the youngest, "Buck", enlisted and served his country. "Buck's" talents were in music. He loved to dance and played the drums in the high school band. The musical gene came honestly from both Mr. and Mrs. Flye. Growing up, the children would gather around a piano and sing hymns, while Mrs. Flye played by ear. Mr. Flye also played the violin. Lilly Flye Van Story recalled how her father sold his violin to provide for the family and how it broke Mrs. Flye's heart.

On April 29, 1965, the mother of this big, fun-loving family passed away. She was buried in Pinewood Cemetery in Greenville, North Carolina. Later, Paul would marry Mrs. Flye's sister, Sally Satterfield Holland. After this marriage, Mr. Flye would leave the house on West Third Street and moved with "Aunt Sally" to a home on Brownlea Drive in the Eastern part of Greenville. The second Mrs. Flye passed away on July 19, 1980, leaving Mr. Flye a widower again. At this time, he moved to Stratford Arms Apartments where he spent the remainder of his years.

After working with the Greenville Utilities for over 30 years and rising to a supervisory position, Mr. Flye's "golden years" were spent with involvement in several local community organizations. He joined the 1st Presbyterian Church in Greenville, North Carolina, which was a far cry from being raised a Primitive Baptist. He also was active in the Kiwanis "Golden K" Club. Other affiliations were with the Pitt County Post of the American Legion, Greenville Chapter of the A.A.R.P., and finally the Town and Country Senior Citizen Club.

The legacy that he left behind were the 10 children, 33 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. The girls were Dot, Dell, Betsy, Lillie, and Alice. The boys were "Paul Jr.", Dick, Larry, Bobby, and "Buck". William "Paul" Flye (deceased) married Thelma Lee Edwards. Dorothy Irene "Dot" (deceased) married Dr. Marvin Warren "Henry" Aldridge (deceased), a local dentist and former State Legislator. Delphia Alma "Dell" married Reverend James Clayton "Jim" Rittenhouse (deceased), a former Navy chaplain and Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Richard Ira "Dick" (deceased) married the former Elaine "Joyce" Briley and was a district manager for the Carolina Telephone Company in Greenville prior to his death. Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" married Lt. Colonel (Retired) Oliver Perry "Jack" Hedgepeth and resides in San Antonio, Texas. "Larry" Edward married Ira "Dell" Huff (deceased) and is currently married to Sylvia Long and resides in California after a career with the federal government. Robert Earl "Bobby" married "Charlotte" Grace Strickland and is currently retired from the Health Department and is residing in Nashville, Tennessee. "Alice" Joyce married the Reverend "Charles" Edwin McGowan, Pastor Emeritus of the Christ Presbyterian Church, and currently also resides in Nashville, Tennessee. "Lilly" Marie married Charles Barfield "Charlie" Lewis (deceased) and is currently married to William A. "Bill" Van Story of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Alton Fletcher "Buck" (deceased) married Ann Hemby and prior to his untimely death, established a home in Florida.

Today, only a remnant of this large, warm, and fun-loving family remains in North Carolina. Lilly, the only daughter remaining in North Carolina, lives in Fayetteville. Two sister-in-laws, Thelma and Joyce live in Greenville and Rocky Mount, respectively. Mr. Flye was born October 4, 1899. He passed away on January 16, 1988. He lived a long, good, and jovial life. He provided for his family and left this a world a better place. (Sources: Family records, obituary, and personal knowledge. --Thelma and Dawn Flye 2004).

OCCUPATION: Supervisor of Stores, Utilities.

ILLNESS: Adeno Cercinoma (L) Lung.

NOTES: Paul Lester Fly changed his surname to Flye. All of his children go by the surname of Flye.

BURIAL: Pinewood Cemetery, Greenville, Pitt, North Carolina.
Validated with photo. Plot only has the year of birth and death.

SSDI Search Results: Residence: 27834 Greenville, Pitt, North Carolina, Born: 4 Oct 1899, Died: 16 Jan 1988 Issued: North Carolina (1955)

SOURCE: 1930 United States Federal Census, Census Place: Greenville, Pitt, North Carolina; Roll: 1714; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 29; Image: 114.0.

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