Benjamin Levi Pauley, Jr.

September 15, 1921 ‒ February 17, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio
Formerly of Tango, West Virginia

Benjamin Levi Pauley, Jr., age 97, of Sunbury, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at home where he was cared for the last 3 years by his grandson, Richard Pauley, Jr., his wife Christa and their children, Abby and Garrett. Founder and former owner of Pauley’s Machine Shop, Ben was a hardworking man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was known for his love for golfing, fishing, gardening, friendship and being a great story and joke teller. Ben was also an avid hunter, often felling a squirrel, rabbit or deer with just one shot.  It was known throughout the community that “If Ben Pauley can’t fix it, throw the damn thing away”. He prided himself on his hard work, honesty and his commitment to helping the community, friends and his neighbors. He was a sixty year plus and the oldest member of Griffithsville Lodge #71 F&AM.  Born September 15, 1921 in Tango, West Virginia to the late Brookie Mae (Burton) and Benjamin L. Pauley Sr.  Graduate of Duvall High School, Class of 1940.  After high school he attended Machinist trade school in Maryland and Chicago. Ben married Louise (Woodrum) Pauley in 1943. They were happily married for almost 73 years. Also preceded in death by; brother, Cliff Pauley; sisters, Mabel Nelson, Olive McCallister, Opal Lee and Alva Quinn. Survived by sons, Richard (Nancy Monnette) Pauley, Sr. of Delaware, Warren (Carol Gemmell) Pauley of The Villages, Fl; brother, Douglas (Mary Sue) Pauley of Chattanooga, TN;  grandchildren, Elizabeth (Mike Sr.) McVay, Aaron Pauley, Richard (Christa) Pauley, Jr., Jason (Elaine) Pauley, Jacqueline (Brian) Roden, great-grandchildren, Mike (Stephanie) McVay, Jr., Cassie (Shane) Pumphrey, Morgan McVay, Maggie Hale, Abigail (Bradyn) Dronsfield, Garrett Pauley, Samantha Lavender and Harvey Pierce; great-great-grandchildren, Burkleigh & Greysyn McVay and Tommy Pumphrey; nephew, Greg (Carol Gee) Adams.  Funeral Service 12 noon, Thursday, February 21, 2019 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury, where the family will be receiving visitors from 10 am until time of service.  Marvin Hintz, Celebrant.  Interment Sunbury Memorial Gardens. The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Ben’s family. Special memories and condolences may be shared at:

  • Warren and family, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Ninety-Seven years young!! Thinking of you and hopefully you’ll be thinking of the man that was often a part of your memories.

  • Aaron and jason, im glad you have had all of these extra years to know him. He looks runs in the family jason…love to u both
    Another mother..nancy

  • Warren….no matter how old they are it is always difficult to lose a parent, especially one with whom we have had such a close relationship as you seem to have had with your dad. My dad was special to me also . Love to Carol. JO

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Bennie. We will always cherish the memories we have of him.

    Phyllis and Bill Smith

  • Benjamin Levi Pauley Jr. Having been the son, and my BROTHER of Benjamin Levi Paullely Sr. “Bennie was the eldest of the three boys was very responsible to keep the small acreage-hill farm functioning in WV., as our father worked away from home for weeks at a time, as a Oil and Gas Driller. He loved his parents, sisters and brother. He was very special to me as the last of 7 children. He set a wonderful example of dedication to his Family of Louise and Richard and Warren. He loved to excell in his occupation as a Master Mechanist/Tool Maker. Bennie loved his family , Country and God . I SALUTE HIS MEMORY AND LIFE. BENNIE WAS THE TYPE OF BROTHER THAT EVERY PERSON WOULD WISH FOR IN THEIR LIFE AS A BROTHER AND FRIEND.