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Paul L.  Sherman
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Paul Laverne Sherman, 83, of Pryor, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at his home. He was born on October 20, 1934 in Anderson, Missouri; the son of Raymond P. and Hildred (Rearrick) Sherman. Paul married the love of his life, Minnie Faye Cooper on January 24, 1951 in Anderson, Missouri.

In 1968 Paul bought the Foremost Dairy Distributorship and moved his family to Pryor, Oklahoma from Joplin, Missouri. He ran the business until 1976, then he sold it to his son Ray Sherman so that Paul could fulfill his dream of starting a restaurant. He and his wife Minnie founded Sirloin Express, which became an icon in the community. His signature chicken fried steak was well known throughout the area. More importantly, his business provided jobs for many people and gave them opportunities to learn strong work ethic and values. Paul sold the restaurant and retired in 1988. During his retirement, he was active with the First Church of God and volunteered with the American Red Cross. He enjoyed fishing and traveling around the country with his wife Minnie.

He loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dearly. His influence as a caring man extended beyond his family, and many around the community knew him as “Papa.” Those who knew Paul came to find him a loving man, a faithful friend, and a strong example of commitment to family. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, a joy for life, and devotion to family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 in the First Church of God in Pryor with Reverend Andrew Rehbein officiating. Burial will follow in the Graham Memorial Cemetery with Grant Sherman, Garrett Sherman, Chad Morris, Rob Raymond, Sam Stutzman, Matt Martin, Robert Marshall, and Brian Curtsinger serving as casket bearers. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 in the Shipman’s Funeral Home Chapel. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.

Paul is survived by his wife, Minnie Sherman of the home; sons, Robert Laverne Sherman and wife Sharon of Ft. Worth, Texas and Ray Sherman and wife Sue of Pryor, Oklahoma; daughter, Paula Sherman of Pryor, Oklahoma; daughter in law, Loretta Sherman of Pryor, Oklahoma; sister, Loretta Sherman Watson and husband Joe of Seneca, Missouri; grandchildren Chad Morris and wife Nora of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aubrey Marshall and husband Robert of Frisco, Texas, Jill Sherman White of Pryor, Oklahoma, Tracy Curtsinger and husband Brian of Verdigris, Oklahoma, Claire Young and husband Michael, of Bee Cave, Texas, Kami Martin and husband Matt of Pryor, Oklahoma, Carrie Raymond and husband Rob of Pryor, Oklahoma, Beth Stutzman and husband Sam of Pryor, Oklahoma, Grant Sherman of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Garrett Sherman of Pryor, Oklahoma, and twenty-two great grandchildren; plus many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Hildred Sherman, sons, Michael Sherman and Bradley Sherman, daughter in law, Rosetta Sherman, and grandson, Corey Sherman and brothers, Alfred and Buddy Sherman.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service

1204 N.E 1st Street
P.O Box 217
Pryor, OK 74362





10:00 AM
First Church of God

18 South Rowe St.
Pryor, OK 74361

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Graham Memorial Cemetery

N.E. First Street
Pryor, OK 74361


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