PAUL SOLOMON was born on April 2, 1938, in Littleton, North Carolina, and was one of the seventeen children of Eugene Solomon and Mary Thorne Solomon who raised eleven sons and six daughters. He left this world to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at his home on NC Highway 4, in Littleton, North Carolina.
Paul accepted Jesus Christ during his early life and became a member of the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. His formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and he graduated from the former Eastman High School in Enfield, North Carolina. He then entered the United States Army on May 1, 1958, and was honorably discharged on May 31, 1964.
After serving his country, he relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, and became employed with Bethlehem Steel where he remained until his retirement after forty years of loyal, dedicated service. While still being employed, Paul attended Dundalk Community College in Dundalk, Maryland, and received certifications in Electronics and Heating and Air Conditioning
which fostered promotions and several awards from his job. He was also very instrumental in seeking equal rights for his fellow colleagues and staff by being the willing spokesman with the United Steel Workers of America. He was elected Committeeman, Zone 2, for the Baltimore Local 2610 from May 1990 to May 1994.
In 2015, Paul was united in Holy Matrimony in Baltimore, Maryland, to his beloved wife, the former Shirley Alston. After returning to his hometown of Littleton, North Carolina, in 2017, he renewed his membership with the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church family. His dream was to move back home, enjoy life, and go home to be with his Lord in peace.
Paul loved the special bond he shared with his nieces and nephews. He had great admiration for Muhammad Ali and Barack Obama. His greatest joys included listening to music, especially The Temptations, watching old movies, and sitting at the window looking out at nature’s beauty and enjoying the good old country life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Louis Solomon; nine brothers: John Wesley, Cleveland, Henry, Joseph, Leonard, Reuben, Roger, Nelson, and his twin, Silas; and three sisters, Mable Williams, Ruth Wells, and Alma Brown.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of his life and to share the legacy of his love are his loving wife, Shirley Alston Solomon of the home; his son, Ricky Solomon (Tina); his daughter, Glenda Wilson (Daryl); one stepson, Charles Alston (Veronica); two stepdaughters, Tiffany Gray (Kendal) and Pauline Aull; five grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Armenta Silver and Marcella Alston (Charles); one brother, Raymond Solomon (Rita); two other brothers-in-law; three other sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends who will all miss his earthly presence.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the Lee’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 8202 NC Highway 4, Littleton, NC. Rev. James Johnson will eulogize, and burial will follow in the Alston-Newell Family Cemetery, NC Highway 4, Littleton, NC. The body will repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.