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Rev Paul Emerson Doran

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Rev Paul Emerson Doran

Birth
Whitlock, Henry County, Tennessee, USA
Death
24 Jun 1944 (aged 59)
Sparta, White County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
White County, Tennessee, USA GPS-Latitude: 35.9687075, Longitude: -85.4169093
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Cookeville Herald June 29, 1944

Dr Paul E Doran died at his home near Sparta Saturday night, June 24. He
had just completed a course of lectures delivered to a pastor's school at
the State college in Orangeburg, SC. Arriving home Saturday morning, he
visited for a few minutes with his son, James, who was leaving for Camp
Crowder. He spent the remainder of the day with his family and friends and
seemed well and happy. Before midnight, a heart attack had proved fatal.
The funeral will be Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Blue Springs Church.
His passing brings to a close a remarkably fruitful ministry in a rural
parish in White county and to the rural church at large.
Dr Doran was born April 21, 1885 at Whitlock, near Paris, in the room in
which his mother had been born. He was the son of Marion Emerson and
Virginia Clay Young Doran. His father was a Presbyterian minister and a
medical doctor, so Paul grew up in the Presbyterian church. His parents
gave him his elementary education as was the case with so many children of
that time. He entered Paris High School, called the E W Grove School, as a
sophomore, and was preparing for the legal profession went he felt the call
to the ministry. He then studied theology at Vanderbilt University School
of Religion, Vanderbilt University graduate school, George Peabody College
and the University of Chicago.
Licensed to preach by the Presbytery of West Tennessee, he ministered in
churches in Mt Zion, First Church Paris, Bellwood-Rome, Waverly, all in
Tennessee, and the Seamore Church, Indiana, then Russell Street Church in
Nashville. Some of these churches were served for short terms while he
studied at various institutions. Cumberland University at Lebanon granted
him an A B degree in 1912, and a D D degree in 1913.
Mr Doran planned to go to South American as a missionary, but poor health
prevented it and he came to White county to recouperate. There he served as
principal of the White County High School from 1914 until 1917. Afterwards
he began to serve various churches in White county, and here he remained
until his death.
His church sent him abroad to study the administration of Home Missions in
Great Britain and Ireland. He was an important member of the Presbytery,
serving for many years as chairman of the committee on national missions.
Under his supervision the smaller churches of the Presbytery grew and many
communities were encouraged and helped to build beautiful churches.
Because of his life-long devotion to the rural church field and his able
leadership, Dr Doran received national recognition. He was in demand as a
lecturer far and wide. His ability as a writer led to his being called upon
for innumerable articles on rural life and religion in both secular and
religious publications. In 1943 Dr Doran was chosen President of the
Presbyterian Rural Fellowship of America.
In 1912, Paul Doran was united in marriage with Miss Louise Johnsonius and
to this union were born Virginia, James, John, Paul Jr, Mary Louise and
William, all of whom with their Mother survive. Other survivors are 2
brothers, Hershel, Cuba, Ky; S B, who lives on the old homestead at
Whitlock, and 2 sisters, Mrs Tom Parkhill, Knoxville; Miss Mary Doran,
Nashville.
Cookeville Herald June 29, 1944

Dr Paul E Doran died at his home near Sparta Saturday night, June 24. He
had just completed a course of lectures delivered to a pastor's school at
the State college in Orangeburg, SC. Arriving home Saturday morning, he
visited for a few minutes with his son, James, who was leaving for Camp
Crowder. He spent the remainder of the day with his family and friends and
seemed well and happy. Before midnight, a heart attack had proved fatal.
The funeral will be Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Blue Springs Church.
His passing brings to a close a remarkably fruitful ministry in a rural
parish in White county and to the rural church at large.
Dr Doran was born April 21, 1885 at Whitlock, near Paris, in the room in
which his mother had been born. He was the son of Marion Emerson and
Virginia Clay Young Doran. His father was a Presbyterian minister and a
medical doctor, so Paul grew up in the Presbyterian church. His parents
gave him his elementary education as was the case with so many children of
that time. He entered Paris High School, called the E W Grove School, as a
sophomore, and was preparing for the legal profession went he felt the call
to the ministry. He then studied theology at Vanderbilt University School
of Religion, Vanderbilt University graduate school, George Peabody College
and the University of Chicago.
Licensed to preach by the Presbytery of West Tennessee, he ministered in
churches in Mt Zion, First Church Paris, Bellwood-Rome, Waverly, all in
Tennessee, and the Seamore Church, Indiana, then Russell Street Church in
Nashville. Some of these churches were served for short terms while he
studied at various institutions. Cumberland University at Lebanon granted
him an A B degree in 1912, and a D D degree in 1913.
Mr Doran planned to go to South American as a missionary, but poor health
prevented it and he came to White county to recouperate. There he served as
principal of the White County High School from 1914 until 1917. Afterwards
he began to serve various churches in White county, and here he remained
until his death.
His church sent him abroad to study the administration of Home Missions in
Great Britain and Ireland. He was an important member of the Presbytery,
serving for many years as chairman of the committee on national missions.
Under his supervision the smaller churches of the Presbytery grew and many
communities were encouraged and helped to build beautiful churches.
Because of his life-long devotion to the rural church field and his able
leadership, Dr Doran received national recognition. He was in demand as a
lecturer far and wide. His ability as a writer led to his being called upon
for innumerable articles on rural life and religion in both secular and
religious publications. In 1943 Dr Doran was chosen President of the
Presbyterian Rural Fellowship of America.
In 1912, Paul Doran was united in marriage with Miss Louise Johnsonius and
to this union were born Virginia, James, John, Paul Jr, Mary Louise and
William, all of whom with their Mother survive. Other survivors are 2
brothers, Hershel, Cuba, Ky; S B, who lives on the old homestead at
Whitlock, and 2 sisters, Mrs Tom Parkhill, Knoxville; Miss Mary Doran,
Nashville.

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