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4/4/2019 2:19:00 PM
Paul Ernest Christ
July 18, 1941 - April 1, 2019

HICKORY, N.C. - Paul Ernest Christ,77, of Hickory passed away on April 1, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

He was born July 18, 1941 in Streator, Ill. to the late Ernest Jopst Christ and LaVerne Peters Christ. Paul enjoyed serving the Lord for nearly 50 years with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, having Pastored churches in Belfair, Wash., Yellowstone National Park, Grosse Pointe, Mich., Bradenton, Fla., Vero Beach, Fla., Kure Beach, N.C. and Hickory, N.C., most recently at Messiah Lutheran. He was an assistant to the Bishop in Detroit, Mich., where he also served as camp director for three camps throughout the state, then camps in Felton, Calif., and Kure Beach, N.C. Paul also enjoyed attending sporting events for his four grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, sister, Barbara

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years Shirley Christ of the home; sons Joshua Philip Christ and wife Elaine of Fletcher, N.C., Noel Emerson Christ of Bradenton, Fla.; daughter Jacque Marie Crump and husband Lee of Hickory, N.C.; brothers Jim Christ and wife Mary of Tucson, Ariz., Dan Christ and wife Karen of Northfield, Minn.; sister Diane Lasky and husband Frank of Tucson, Ariz.; and grandchildren Mia Christ, Jonah Christ, Ann Marie Crump, Ashley Crump.

A memorial service to celebrate Paul’s life will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St. Stephens Lutheran Church ELCA in Hickory. Rev. Greg Brown and Bishop Timothy Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 3510 Main Ave. Dr. NW, Hickory, NC 26801, Agape Kure Beach Ministries, 1369 Tyler Dewar Ln., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 or Exodus Homes, PO Box 3311 Hickory, NC 28603.

Condolences may be sent to the Christ family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, N.C. is serving the Christ family.

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