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Farragut pioneer turns 90


Paul Reyling was a young man in his 30s when he moved to Concord.

Saturday, Sept. 2, Reyling turned 90 and the town of Farragut proclaimed the day, Paul Reyling Day.


Reyling, according to friends and relatives, moved to the East Tennessee area to serve his country during World War II.

Based on expertise he had gained in the New York private sector, he was selected to work as a head electrical engineer in Oak Ridge — The Secret City.

He stayed on to settle in the Concord/Farragut area after he met and married his true love, Laura Green Reyling.

Following the war, he reached retirement in the Civil Service and spent many years working for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He became involved in the Concord/Farragut community, becoming a charter Board member of the Concord Telephone Exchange and remaining on that board for 50 years.

He was a charter member of the Farragut Ruritan Club, serving as president six times, and continues to be a very active member after 41 years.

He is a long-time member of Concord Presbyterian Church, serving as treasurer for several years.

He served on the Farragut School Advisory Board, worked as a local election official, and was generally involved in the Concord/Farragut community in many ways over the years, providing engineering expertise and tools to individuals, businesses, and government entities, cutting firewood “for the elderly,” and other numerous means of assistance and participation.

Reyling, his family said, stills chops wood to this day for the elderly.

He has three daughters, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild: Susan Rice of Farra-gut, Hobie Rice of Knoxville, Haley Rice of Kingsport, Christy Sigler of Nashville, Paula Via of Houston, Texas, Jennifer Via of Missoula, Mont., Rob Via of Houston, Nancy Oberg, Catherine Oberg and Alan Oberg, all of Jackson.

 

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