Pullen, Paul T.


Paul T. Pullen, 81, died Jan. 10 in Salem, VA. Born Nov. 3,1929, in Charleston, WV, he was the son of the late Rev. Oden M. and Anna M. Pullen. Finishing high school in Charleston, he felt the call to preach and went to college receiving an A.B. degree from Asbury College, and the M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. Later he completed the M. Th. at Pittsburgh-Zenia Theological Seminary and PH.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. 

 He entered the Methodist ministry in the WV conference in 1949 and later transferred to the Pittsburgh Conference. He served churches in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and also served as the Executive Secretary of the Methodist Board of Education in Pittsburgh. In addition he served for 30 years as Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He entered higher education in 1969 fulfilling a life long goal and commitment, retiring as Dean of Virginia Western Community College.

His interests were many including wood working, traveling on behalf of world peace with Friendship Force International, and Civil War and World War II history. Surviving are his wife Connie of Salem; two daughters, Bonnie S. Maupin and husband Richard of Middletown, Ohio, Nancy J. Powell of Roanoke;  one son, Drew T. Pullen and wife Candace of New Port Richie, FL, and one grandson, James D. Maupin of Middletown, Ohio, and his faithful companions Heidi and Hedy. 

A memorial service was scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, January 14 at First United Methodist Church in Salem, with the Rev. Stephen G. Bray and the Rev. James Angle officiating. A reception will follow the service. Interment will be at a later date in Quantico National Cemetery.

Memorial gifts can be sent to Asbury Seminary, 204 N. Lexington Ave., Wilmore, KY, 40390, or to the Rescue Mission, 402 4th St., SE, Roanoke, VA, 24013. Online condolences may be made at