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Paul William Wisdom, Jr.

July 1, 1928 — January 16, 2022

Paul William Wisdom, Jr. was a beloved husband, father, and granddad during his incredible 93 years of life. He passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of Sunday, January 16, 2022, after a long battle with dementia and short battle with COVID. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Paul William Wisdom, Sr. and Isabel Fraser Wisdom. He is survived by his wife of over 68 years - Shirley Jean (Davis) Wisdom, Children - Paul G. Wisdom and wife Mary, Jean Ragsdale and husband Jimmy Don, and Grandchildren - Jeremy Ragsdale, Heather Richardson and husband Travis. Paul was born in Dallas, Texas, on July 1, 1928, and graduated from Sunset High School in 1946. He then joined the United States Marine Corps where he served for 3 years and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. Paul attended Arlington State College, University of Texas at Austin, and Southern Methodist University Law School from which he graduated with a law degree. He was licensed to practice law in 1955 and helped many people throughout his years of practice. Paul served on the City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Mesquite. He was an active volunteer in the public schools for the Mesquite Independent School District while his children attended school and was President of the Dad’s Club. He was awarded an honorary life membership in the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1971. Paul was also a member of Keystone Masonic Lodge where he became the 50th Master of the lodge in 1970 following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Alexander Fraser, who was the 1st Master. He was also a member of Scottish Rite where he was invested with the Rank & Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1979. Paul enjoyed singing and participated in the church choir in his younger years and Scottish Rite choir in his later years. He loved serenading his wife, children, grandchildren, and cat, Tiger. From his grandchildren: We will remember Granddad for his loving, calm nature, passion for learning, and of course his endearing stubbornness. We will forever cherish the many memories we have with him and were lucky to spend so much time with him growing up. The family would like to thank VNA Hospice and his nurse, Luz as well as his caregivers with Griswold - Mesquite, and Natalie & Bonnie for taking such good care of him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Brain Foundation to promote and invest in research to improve treatments and find cures across the spectrum of brain disease or a charity of your choice. Graveside services for Paul will be Friday, January 21st, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Long Creek Cemetery in Sunnyvale, TX.
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Friday, January 21, 2022

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