Paul Delmas Torres
Paul Delmas Torres, 84 of Peachtree City GA, died May 25, 2021, with his beloved family by his side while on vacation in Destin FL.
He will have a memorial service at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, MS, on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 10 am, followed by a private family burial.
He is preceded in death by his mom and dad, Claire and Frank Torres, his wife and the mother of his four children, Paula, and his brother Melvin.
Paul had a passion for Red Sox baseball and Crimson Tide football sports, especially enjoying rivalry games with LSU when he could antagonize his son-in-law Kyle and daughter-in-law LeAnna, as he typically would be on the winning side. On any given night, he could be found with his bride Isabel cutting a rug at one of the many get-togethers they loved to attend with their group of friends, and on most weekday mornings he could be found having coffee with his group of retired buddies at McDonaldís or Chick-fil-A.
He also loved the calmness and serenity of nature. Not long before he died, he enjoyed watching the birds play near the ocean waves. He commented to Malcolm on that day how there are so many colors of the ocean water that you just donít notice until you stop to observe. That day, he threw the football in the sand with his grandchildren, laughed and cracked jokes with his children, and enjoyed life to its fullest.
Paul was born on June 26, 1936, in Prichard, AL. He graduated high school from McGill Institute and then attended Spring Hill College, where he obtained his bachelorís degree. He then attended the University of Alabama and earned his masterís degree, followed by Oklahoma State where he taught and earned his Ph.D. in accounting. While attending Alabama, Paul met his first wife, Paula McKenzie, of Savannah, GA. Paul and Paula were married in Savannah on June 17, 1961. After obtaining his Ph. D at OSU, Paul accepted a teaching position at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, where he raised his family and taught for over 30 years as a tenured faculty member in the College of Business. Paula died on December 17, 1993.
Upon retirement from USM in 2000, he moved to Savannah, Georgia, where he found retirement was not to his liking so continued to teach at Savannah State University for eight more years. In 2011, he finally decided he was ready for retirement and settled down in Peachtree City, Georgia to be near family.
Paul is survived by his four children, Paul, Jr. (Clanci), Malcolm, Mary Claire (Kyle), and Matthew (LeAnna), six grandchildren, Paul III, Harrison, Emily, Anna Claire, Patrick, and William, and his wife Isabel Moure and her four children, Joe, Ron, Mark, and Elena. He is also survived by his brother Bernard (Gertrude) along with their children Jeanette, Jeff, and Cris.