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Obituary: Paul Morgan Fischley

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Paul Morgan Fischley

Paul Morgan Fischley

Paul Morgan Fischley, 51, died on Aug. 26, 2021, in Mount Dora, Florida. 

He is survived by his mother, Carolyn C. Morgan (formerly Fischley); daughters Trista Osborn, Sara Funk, Emily Fischley and Gracie Fischley; five grandsons; sister, Hollie A. Morgan (formerly Fischley); and niece, Morgan C. Gratwick. He was predeceased by his sister, Kalei E. Morgan (formerly Fischley); his beloved dog, Pepper; and his estranged father, James H. Fischley.

Paul was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on April 7, 1970, and grew up in Franklin. He attended Franklin Elementary, Harpeth Academy, BGA, Franklin High School and UT Martin. 

As a young adult, he moved to Central Florida, where he married, raised his family and worked as a foreman in road construction, taking great pride in his finely-honed skills.

Paul was a sportsman who enjoyed fresh water and deep-sea fishing and dove and duck hunting, and was renowned for his duck-calling skills. He grew up playing golf at Carnton Country Club, was a lifelong lover of the game and an excellent player. He was a fan of the Colts, UT football, NASCAR and The Grateful Dead and was looking forward to learning new hobbies in retirement, such as wood working. 

Paul was a consummate gentleman, the epitome of kindness and a gentle soul. He had friends of all ages, never met a stranger, was loved by everyone and could always make you laugh, especially with his superb ability to mimic anyone. He adored his family and friends, and in his heart, Franklin was always his home.

Paul survived a “widow-maker” heart attack in 2010, but his heart function was severely diminished and his health declined in recent years. He went gentle into that good night his way. 

Paul’s ashes will be interred among eight generations of Morgans in the New Salem community in Mississippi. He was loved by many, who will sorely miss him.

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