Paul is a native of McGregor, TX, where he grew up and graduated from McGregor High School in 1985. He attended Tarleton State University, where he played football for 4 years and formed lifelong friendships with friends and teammates. After graduation, he moved to Arlington to work in the insurance industry. It was there that he had a chance encounter with his future wife at a Don Henley concert.
Paul and Robbie Jo were married in 1992 and decided to return home to McGregor in 1997 to raise a family and get involved in the community. He has served in various roles, including coaching youth sports, booster club president, McGregor city council (24 yrs), Waco Kiwanis Club, and many others. Paul and Robbie Jo have had the adventure of raising 4 boys and currently have the joy of experiencing four grandchildren.
As a lifelong friend of Jimmy, Lorna, and the entire Hering family, Rhett’s passing was a devastating blow to Paul and his family. In an effort to honor Rhett’s legacy, The Rhett Revolution was formed by caring friends, including Paul and Robbie Jo. This organization works to make an impact in the local community through various service initiatives. Out of the Rhett Revolution, Archway of Hope was born in order to specifically offer hope to people who have lost someone too early. Paul currently serves as Archway’s president.
Paul’s personal mission statement is simple. “Bring joy to people and help them see their value.” He has the ability to hear people’s hearts and let them know that somebody sees them and cares. While bringing joy can be difficult in situations involving tragic loss, offering hope for a meaningful life is relatable. Paul works with the Archway team to offer hope to those who are grieving in order to help them understand that life is still possible and that Archway sees them and remembers.