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Paul Lavern Tisdale, formerly of Benton

updated: 11/3/2017 7:13 PM

BENTON -- Paul Lavern Tisdale of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, formerly of Benton, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

Paul was born April 9, 1936, in West City, son of the late Helen Marie (Hartman) and Paul H. Tisdale of Benton.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary A. (McCann) Tisdale; stepdaughter, Kathryn Mahar of Surfside Beach, South Carolina; son, Randy Tisdale of Boise, Idaho; three brothers, Jack of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Jim of Boise, Idaho, and Fred of Bonnie; grandchildren, Jason Stiefel and wife Alison and Nicole and Sean Tisdale; and great-granddaughter, Ella.

Paul was a Cold War-era veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1958. He enlisted after graduating from Benton High School, where he was an outstanding football player, and had duty stations in Japan and Okinawa.

He reunited with his high school sweetheart, and they were married in 1968. They had become separated during high school when Mary's family moved from Benton to Florida.

Paul retired from a long and successful career in the coal mining industry in 1998, which began with Peabody Coal Company in Illinois and ended with him serving as mine safety inspector with the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

He was well known throughout southern Illinois and western Kentucky coal fields through his work promoting mine safety education, and especially for his work with the Holmes Safety Association, which was dedicated to preventing fatalities and injuries and improving health and safety among officials and employees in all phases of mining.

Paul was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish and camp. Any gathering that included his brothers usually involved hunting or fishing, and there was always great competition about who did the most or best.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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