January 16, 1930 ~ March 13, 2022

Born in: Transylvania Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Mr. Paul Lindsey Mann, 92, passed away at his home Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Mr. Mann was born January 16, 1930, in Transylvania County to the late John Wesley Mann and Lesie Lance Mann. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Patelidas Mann, son, Christopher Paul Mann, and all of his siblings: Pete, Jerry, Bud, Edna Danielson, and Mary Hall.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Michael Lindsey Mann and his wife, Sonja; a grandson, Robert Paul Mann and his wife Rachel; and a great-grandson, Russell Paul Mann. Paul will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Paul grew up in the mountains of W.N.C. and graduated from Brevard High School. He studied electronics at the Commercial Trade Institute and Coyne College in Chicago. He then served our country for 4 years in the United States Navy as a Machinist Mate during the Korean War.

He started his work in restaurant equipment and soon after opened Service Engineering Company in Asheville in 1961, where he worked until he was 90 years old.

Paul was a former Scoutmaster, Scout Committee Member, Webelos Leader, and Cub Master of Troop 3, Asheville. Both of his sons and grandson are Eagle Scouts. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1956, where he served on the Administrative Board, as President of United Methodist Men, and as Chairman of the Trustees. He volunteered on 19 mission trips with building teams to Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Alaska.

A memorial service will be held Saturday March 26, 2022 at Trinity United Methodist Church in West Asheville at 3:00 pm in the afternoon with the Reverends Nancy Dixon Walton and Rodney Hagans officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Men Fuel Fund, 587 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

Services

Visitation: March 26, 2022 2:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church
587 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806

828-253-5471

Memorial Service: March 26, 2022 3:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church
587 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806

828-253-5471

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. I didn’t know Paul personally but I have gotten to know his son Mike and grandson Robbie. If this is any indication of how Paul was, he must have been an amazing man! I’m sorry I did not get to meet him.

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  2. Dear Mike and Sonja and all of the Mann family,
    So very sorry to see this news. Words will never be able to relay what a blessing Mr. Paul was to our family. His friendship and unwavering support of my Dad were priceless. I know there is a mighty big reunion party in Heaven today. Hope that your happy memories bring you all peace and comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.💜

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss Paul was wonderful man and very caring. I met Paul when I was taking care of Mary through carepartners.

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  4. Sonja, We are so sorry to read of Paul’s passing. We are thinking of you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Peggy and Mike Hembree
    Cindy and Robert Reeves

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  5. I will always remember Paul as one of the kindest people I have ever known. I really got close to him, Mary, Michael and Christopher when I lived with my sister, Mary Ann Ward Patelidas, while her husband Tom Patelidas, Paul’s brother in-law, was in service overseas. I will never forget how Paul and Mary made sure we stayed safe and did not want for anything. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family. Love,

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  6. Paul was such an amazing person. His love of God and his family was always on full display. I can’t help but wonder how many people he touched and changed by just being himself. What a great blessing to have known him, and he was indeed special to our family. May God bring you special healing and peace.

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  7. Mike, I known You and Paul, for the many years, I was in the restaurant business, You all are and were wonderful people, soo, sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, God Bless You and your family.

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  8. Paul always greeted us with a smile, a hug or a handshake! He was such a blessing to Big Daddy! We will miss you but will see you and sweet Mary again!

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  9. Robbie & I are so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. I met Paul when he came to Southeastern Container to work on some of our equipment in the lab. I had no idea at the time that we were related. Paul’s mother and my maternal grandfather were brother and sister.

    Ruthie & Robbie Dempsey

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  10. I am so sad to hear about Paul. Apparently, he used to tell my dad stories about hiking the mountains. Every drive daddy and I would take, he would say, Paul Mann walked up there.
    Paul was by my side and held my hand through my father’s funeral. He was sweet and kind, and I will never forget him.

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  11. I’ve been been told that I met Paul Mann in the Ingels parking lot in West Asheville in 1977. In a light blue Toyota — black car seat — when I was one year old.

    I have been been remarkably privileged to know Paul Mann

    He gave my dad a job — and that’s why I and my dear family are alive. Please remember that.

    It can be done.

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  12. It was a privilege to know Paul — he was a dear man, a kind man, a gentle man. I remember his wonderful smile! He loved his family, his friends, his church, his work — the list goes on. Even after I no longer worked at Trinity UMC, I always loved it when I ran into him and we would catch up on years gone by. My love and prayers are with all the family — I think of you all so often and with great fondness.

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  13. My heart is broken to hear of his passing. I know he and Mary are rejoicing at being together once again. I am so very sorry Mike and Sonya. Prayers to you all

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  14. Mike: I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. What a cornerstone he was in our church! Growing up, I remember how he and your mother were involved with the youth, and he was always doing something for the church, either physically or financially. What a wonderful, full, good life he lived. I know you are proud to be his son and we will all miss him at church. Anne

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  15. The news of Paul’s passing brought great sadness to our world, just knowing such a special soul was no longer on earth. At the same time, all I could picture was his huge smile because he got to be with his beloved Mary again! Paul changed our lives for the better and provided so much love and guidance, a true father figure to so many. We love you all.

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  16. Mike, Sonja and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Mann’s passing. What an amazing legacy he left. May God Bless You All during this time! Love and Prayers, Jennifer Selman

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  17. Mike, Sonja and family, i am so sorry to hear of the loss in your family, may God bless and comfort each of you during this time .

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  18. Mike, Sonja, and Robbie

    I’m very sorry to hear of Mr. Mann’s passing. I can’t remember a time in my life growing up when he wasn’t a part of it. He helped to shape me through church and scouting for which I’ll always be appreciative. Both your folks were awesome human beings and very good to our mother. I will keep you all in my prayers.

    Joe Johnson

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  19. Paul was one of the nicest, friendliest and kindest men Bill and I have ever met. He was a man of God and truly loved his family. Paul will be greatly missed. However, it is a good feeling to know that he is with his beloved wife, Mary.
    Rest in peace.
    Bill and Cathy

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  20. I met Mr. Paul while working at Bojangle’s. He was a kind sweet gentleman. When we called him we knew he would get the job done and he didn’t mind letting us know what we were doing wrong to cause the problem 😊. Mr. Paul had a beautiful spirit. To all of the family, please accept my condolences. Another angel has entered Heaven.

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  21. Mike, Sonja, and the family…..I am so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. Our paths crossed a number of times at Scouting activities, and I always admired his humility and his caring for the Scouts as he shared his knowledge and support with them. I only wish I could have spent more time with him as my mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  22. Mike and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Paul was such a wonderful person and a great friend to my dad, Gus Kooles. He was such a caring, honest, Christian man who will be missed. He was so gracious when Dad started Barbecue Inn by extending credit to him early on (1961) because he trusted Dad. He always had a wonderful smile and a great handshake.

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