George Andrew Paugh, Jr.

February 9, 1941 - August 10, 2022

02/09/1941 - 08/10/2022

Past Services

Sunday August 14, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Sunday August 14, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Monday August 15, 2022
Greenwood Cemetery
1526 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0270 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday August 15, 2022
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions

George Andrew Paugh, Jr., passed away on August 10, 2022 at the age of 81. He was born in
Benwood, West Virginia on February 9, 1941 to the late George Paugh and Marcella (Crebs)
Paugh Stasel.

George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia Quigley Paugh, as well as their children,
George Paugh of Raleigh, NC, Jeff (Vicki) Paugh of Benwood, Marcel (Shane) Christman of
Benwood, John Paugh of Benwood, brother Joseph (Cora) Stasel of Benwood, sister Anna
(Dave) Danhart of Benwood, as well as 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. His sweet
smile, gifted storytelling, and kindness will be dearly missed.

George joined the United States Navy when he was just 17 years old. He and Patricia married
and began their family shortly after. They lived throughout the United States as well as
Germany, Scotland and Guam. Through the years, their family grew, as did his career. He was
proud to be a plank owner of the USS Chilton. He retired from the US Navy after 20 years and
they returned to Benwood, WV.

Retirement meant he could spend more time bowling and playing golf, but he decided to support
the community he loved by working in law enforcement. Throughout his law enforcement career,
he served as Marshall County Deputy Sheriff, Chief of Police in McMechen and Chief of Police
in Bethlehem. He spent over 50 years in uniform and was honored to serve his country,
hometown, friends and neighbors.

George was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Paugh, his parents, George Paugh and
Marcella (Crebs) Paugh Stasel, as well as his brothers, Tommy Paugh and Ronnie Paugh.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 14 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Altmeyer Funeral
Home in McMechen. The funeral will be held at the same location on Monday. August 15 at
11:00am with burial at Greenwood Cemetary on National Road to follow.

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Mark Kerwood
1 year ago

George was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was a friend to everyone and he will be missed by all. He devoted his life with helping and protecting his fellow man and woman. Thank you, George, for your service. Rest with the angels in Heaven, my friend. ❤️

The 80’s kids of Bethelem WV
1 year ago

George was A true gentleman in and out of uniform. …….a Cops Cop and a Mans Man. He went above and beyond and gave the kids of Bethlehem 150%
Our parents never had to worry about us when George was on duty.

We never remember a Cop or a Chief of Police for that matter that helped us cross the street after school, gave us candy on patrol and made sure that we all made it home safe. He always kept us in line. He cared much more than he should have. George aleays asked if we needed anything, of our grades were good and if we were staying out of trouble.

The good Lord needed a Saint and a protector so he called Big George. We have no doubt that George is filling that role at 150% or more.

Judi Purdy
1 year ago

I am so sorry for your great loss! Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Louis and Charlotte Khourey
1 year ago

We remember George fondly as a kind and gentle man who carried out his duties with dignity and respect for all. Peace to Patty at this time of loss.

jay godfrey
1 year ago

To the family. I am deeply saddened by the grief that you are feeling.
Knowing of God’s embracing love for you, continue to look to him when ” He will wipe all tears from our eyes, death, suffering, pain, and crying will be no more. – Revelation 21:3, 4
He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing. ” – 1 Corinthians 15:26
How comforting to know that this will be a thing of the past and through Christ Jesus a resurrection for our loved ones.


Jenny LeBoeuf
1 year ago

I first “met” George when he worked in Bethlehem. Every morning, rain, shine, snow, sleet, whatever, he was directing traffic with a smile on his face and a wave. I really got to know him when I started working at the Marshall County Courthouse. Every time I saw him, he would say “there’s my babydoll” and I was greeted with a hug and a kiss. I remember crying happy tears when he came back to work after his cancer battle. I am so very sorry Miss Patty and his family, for your loss. He will truly be missed.

Nancy Hinton
1 year ago

Remembering Pat and Georges’ family in our prayers. We fondly remember George when he was a police officer in Bethlehem. He always kept an eye on our young drivers.!!! He was love by everyone in the village, young and old. He was a kind and fair cop loved by all.

Rose Mary Loria Zurek
1 year ago

Patty I am sending you my deepest sympathy and prayers on the death of your husband George. My heart goes out to you and your family. May he rest in peace. God Bless.

David Robinson
1 year ago

I first met George when he was a Marshall County Deputy and I was a Moundsville Police Officer. He was a stocky man always with a cigar. He always seemed pleasant and happy go lucky.
I then had the honor to follow in his footsteps as Chief of Police in McMechen. I can tell you that was hard. The people of McMechen loved him. He left me a great place to work. He would often stop by to check on me.
God Bless George and his family and friends.

Dennis R. Albaugh
1 year ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of George. Denny Albaugh