On March 30, 2013 God called Robert “R. L.” Paulk, Jr. home. R. L. was born on January 13, 1965 to Robert and Betty Jean Paulk of Baxley. He joined First Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at an early age. He attended school in Appling County. R. L. moved to Florence, S.C., where he resided off and on until 2010. In 2010 he moved back and stayed until his death.
R. L. was a helpful, fun, loving person. He was friendly to everyone. He took care of the sick and shut-ins. When our sweet mother and aunt were sick he was there in love to do whatever he could. He had a big heart through which he gave all that he had “himself”. R. L. loved to read the Bible and discussed the word daily with his mother.
Even though he had one arm he was able to amaze you and do anything. He loved to watch karate movies, it was one of his favorite past times. All of our friends were his friends; all of our children friends were his friends. He was a son, a brother, a father, an uncle, a granddad, a nephew, cousin and friend. We want everyone to know that R. L. loved his Paulk, Tobler, and all of his extended family.
R. L. received an employee of the month award for “Exemplary Service” from Lifetime Doors Inc, in South Carolina as a forklift driver.
He was preceded in death by one niece, Kennedy Paulk, four uncles and two aunts.
Survivors include one daughter, Latoya Reddish; one son, A. J. Wilder; two grandchildren, Kaitlen Byrd and Keelin Byrd; one brother, Captain Don Paulk; four sisters, Betty Carol Smith, Sheleta Simmons, Sharon Paulk and Rhonda Jean Paulk; one devoted brother-in-law and friend, Frederick Bernard Simmons; one sister-in-law special agent, Christy Paulk; four nieces: Jalisa Smith, Camryn, Mariah and Katelyn Paulk; five nephews: Anton Smith, Shannon and Brandon Simmons, Travis McNeil, J, Stanley “Peanut” Heller, Jr.; great-nieces and nephews and a host of cousins relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6 from First Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Lucious Rogers officiating and Pastor Moses Eason presiding. Interment followed in church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Mitchell Paulk, Perlie Paulk, Lennis Paulk, Melvin Paulk, Steven Paulk, Julian Paulk, Machiah Paulk, Jarrell Paulk, John Dent, Hymie Paulk, Quincy Bennett and Chris Clements.
Honorary pallbearers were uncles, aunts and cousins.
Musical selections were rendered by Khaliyah Jenkins, the Wright Sister and Faith Temple COGIC Choir.
Arrangements were under the direction of Baxley Funeral Home.