John S. “Sonny Paul” Pavel Sr., 87 of Weirton passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 at his home. Born October 6, 1931 in Weirton, he was a son of the late Todor and Mary Ghendia Pavel. He was also preceded in death by a son Richard Pavel; grandson Christopher “Willard” Pavel, two brothers, three sisters and sons in law Chuck Aracich, David “Smitty” Smith and Keith Little. Sonny Paul retired from Weirton Steel were he worked as a scarfer for 41 years. He was a true outdoorsman. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed walking and hiking in the woods with his beagles, truly enjoying nature. If he wasn’t spending time in the outdoors he could be found spending time with his family at the many family gatherings that were held. John also enjoyed woodworking and fixing just about anything that was broken. He was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and the Chester Newell Sportsman Club. He will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 68 years Sophie Koniski Pavel; sons John (Patricia) Pavel Jr., Theodore “Teddy” (Judy) Pavel, all of Weirton and Robert Pavel of California; daughters Geraldine Aracich and Anna Smith, both of Weirton, Mary (Tim) Little-Samples of Wintersville and Paula (John) Lane of Weirton; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and sisters Genny (Ray) Dobroski of Follansbee and Betty Sims of Weirton. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral home, 3219 Main St., Weirton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. Reverend Father Babu Joseph Elamturuthil will officiate. Entombment will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com.

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  1. So sorry to hear about John ,I cut his hair for several years at Farrans Barbershop ,always enjoyed our conversations, he was a gentleman. Deepest sympathy and prayers to his family. Donna Sullivan

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