Paul Douglas Tannehill

paul tannehill

July 15, 1948 ~ October 20, 2020

Born in: Dallas, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Paul Douglas Tannehill was born July 15, 1948, in Dallas, Texas, and died in College Station, Texas on October 20, 2020. He was the first son and preceded in death by his parents, Helen Wilson Tannehill and Robert Earl Tannehill, Jr.

Services will be held Saturday, October 31, 2020, 1pm at First United Methodist Church, Corsicana, Texas. Live streaming of the service will be available at An opportunity to visit with the family will follow at the church. In the interest of the health and safety of all, please observe social distancing. Masks will be required.

Always industrious, Paul was entrepreneurial from the early days. He would sell out his box of Southern Maid Donuts before reaching the end of the block. He bicycled and drove paper routes for both of the Dallas newspapers. He exited the Richardson Golden Eagle Band to sell ladies shoes at Neiman Marcus. He graduated from Richardson High School (Class of ’66), Richardson, Texas. In his last year at Texas A&M, he sold suits for Willie Wong, Hong Kong Tailor. In his adult life, Paul built a $1 million plus real estate appraisal business and later sold insurance, as well as automobiles. In Mom’s words, he was “Possible Paul”.

Never shy, he loved life and music. He sang in the First Baptist Dallas Chapel Choir and in the sanctuary choir at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, Texas. As a square dance caller, Paul could skillfully “load the boat”.

Paul was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Squadron 1 (Huslin’ One) where he graduated with the Class of ’70, earning a BS in Finance. Not long ago, Paul donated his senior boots to the Sanders Corps Center where they are being worn by a current senior on campus. On numerous occasions he presided over Aggie Muster in Corsicana. He was an Aggie to the end.

Paul was big in stature but that was necessary to hold his big heart. His stories at cousin gatherings were legendary. He was very much a big brother. He was never a father but a dad to many. Paul rose to be Master of the Tannehill Masonic Lodge in Dallas. He was Christian. He was confident. He was correct. Some may say he was coarse but in later years he worked hard at perfecting the virtue of patience.

Paul’s sweet wife Charlotte predeceased him in 2012. His dear Aggie buddy, David Peterson, passed away in 2013. Paul and Karen Peterson, David’s widow, sought comfort in their friendship of over 50 years. They married in 2017. Paul is survived by his wife Karen, his brother John Tannehill, nephew Sam Tannehill and wife Lindsey, niece Helen and and great nephew Linus Tannehill, scores of cousins and his Godson Lance Peterson.

Paul’s work is done. His room in the mansion is prepared. He has entered God’s Kingdom. And for the Aggies, “It’s just another Corps Trip, boys, we’ll march in behind the Band.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Corps of Cadets General Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M University. Please make checks payable to “Texas A&M Foundation” and write “Acct. #0533266 – Paul D. Tannehill ’70” on the memo line.  Gifts may be sent to:
 Texas A&M Foundation
401 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX  77840
Arrangements by Callaway-Jones, Bryan, Texas. 979.822.3717 Please visit the online obituary at


Memorial Service: October 31, 2020 1:00 pm

First United Methodist of Corsicana
320 N 15th Street
Corsicana, Texas 75110


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Paul Douglas Tannehill 's name.

Texas A&M Foundation

401 George Bush Drive
College Station, Texas

Memories Timeline


  1. Rest In Peace, Paul. You will be missed, never forgotten and always loved. Prayers of love and comfort to Karen and family.
    Marshall & Sandra Lochausen

  2. Paul indeed loved all people, having never met a stranger. He was that kind of person everyone wanted to be around because he was so full of life and joy! A real fine man of God! We miss him terribly! And are praying that God surround you with His comfort and peace!
    Love, Kathryn & Charlie

  3. Our hearts are sad for all of you, Karen. May God strengthen and comfort you in this journey of grief.
    Glenn & Susan

  4. I only knew Paul for about 10 years. But, we had fun smoking ribs, frying fish, eating at Joe T Garcia’s & watching the fighting Texas Aggie Band march downtown Ft Worth with his brother John!! I am an Aggie, but was never in the Corps! I always respected Paul for his service to the Corp., & felt comfortable around him at the various Aggie functions knowing that he knew every word of every yell!! I know most of them, but not ALL of them like Paul!! RIP Aggie brother!! Prayers to Karen, John & the rest of the family!!

  5. Paul was an Aggie through and through. And he dearly loved my sister, Karen. My heart breaks for you, Karen. This is such a tragic loss that you have endured not once, but twice in such a short time. May God bless you and may Paul Rest In Peace.

  6. I have many fond and hilarious memories of Paul , my late husband, Dick Holmes, and myself in our younger years. Paul always made mention of the fact that he and Dick were on the cradle roll together at First Baptist Dallas, making him Paul’s oldest friend. My expectation is that they are catching up with each other in heaven today. My prayers are with all his friends and family for comfort and peace through good memories and God’s grace.

  7. The Edwards family has lost one of it’s strongest supporters. Paul loved his family legacy and we loved him. At our reunions, he never missed an opportunity to join a men’s singing group or take part in a family skit. Paul loved to laugh and carry on at those “remember when” sessions. We all knew Paul’s blood was maroon and that his roots were deep in tradition. We will miss him dearly.

  8. We knew Paul for only a short time but in that time we realized what a kind and loving man he was. He loved and comforted Karen. He loved his faith and he dearly loved his Aggies!
    We will always cherish the time we had with him and remember him as a wonderful friend.

  9. Paul’s impact on my life cannot be measured. At 6 years old he introduced our family to Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets. I spent the next 12 years doing everything I could to get there. He has been a friend and Brother my entire life. Rest in Peace.

    Gig’ em and God Bless

  10. PAUL will be dearly missed. Thank you Paul for being a “ Strong Arm” for all his family and friends. The many memories we have together reflect just how honorable Paul was. He was a person of faith that shared the glory of god with me often and it meant so much ! RIP Dear Paul!

  11. John and Karen

    So sorry I will not be able to be with you on Saturday. John, you and Paul were topics of many funny family conversations I had with Ken. He would have loved having Paul so close here in College Station. Karen, if there is anything I can do for you please let me know. 979-277-8917

    Love ,

  12. Paul was a good friend who will be missed. I had the privilege to serve as his Treasurer the year that he served Tannehill Masonic Lodge as Worshipful Master.

  13. Rest in Peace, our family enjoyed many special moments over 40 years. Thank you for your friendship and sharing your aggie spirit with my family. My children became Aggies because of you and I am grateful for your impact on their lives. Heaven is getting a very special Angel. My sincere sympathy to your family. Love, Carolyn Hill and Family

  14. Life changes,
    But never ends …

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    ~ Poetry: Mary Elizabeth Frye

    Brother Paul,
    You Live on in our Hearts,
    Dear Brother!

  15. I was in the Eagle Band in Richardson – Graduated in 1966 – went to TCU – then the Marine Corps – did not really know Paul but knew of him – so sorry to hear he has passed but Semper Fi from one veteran to another -RIP Paul / Bill Trent


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