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January 24, 2013

Business leader Harrup dies

ATHENS — Paul Harrup, a longtime member of the Athens business community, died Monday at age 80.

Harrup operated insurance and real estate businesses in the city for many years, and later in his career became involved in mini warehouse rental.

“He was a fine man,” Athens businessman Steve Sparkman said. “He was very colorful and had a diversified outlook on many subjects. He was a good person to sit around and have a casual conversation with.”

Sparkman said Harrup was well versed in the real estate business and experienced in making appraisals. He served as a member of the Henderson County Appraisal Review Board.

Harrup was a fixture at meetings of the Athens Kiwanis and Rotary clubs though the years. He jokingly referred to the table he shared at Rotary meetings as the “star chamber.”

“We are going to really miss Paul.  Paul lightened up our day in Rotary Club with his quick wit and ability to tell jokes,” First State Bank President Jess Laird said. “He was a great person to have a lively discussion with and I always appreciated that. Paul always had an opinion, especially when it came to real estate and taxes. ”

Laird remembers Harr-up bringing a gift of fudge to the bank each year at Christmas.

Harrup was also a Master Mason, 32nd-degree Scottish Rite member  and a Shriner of the Tyler Court Royal Order of Jesters of the Sharon Temple Shrine.  

“He was really devoted to any organization he was a member of,” Sparkman said.

Harrup was born in Oklahoma City, graduated from Waco High School, then earned a business degree from Baylor Univers-ity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Harrup was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mabank.

Services for Harrup will be at 11  a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Athens with the Rev. Brent Tucker officiating. Interment will follow in Athens Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

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