Dr. Paul D. Renfro

October 8, 1934 ~ January 1, 2020

Born in: Elizabethton, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” – II Timothy 4:7-8

Dr. Paul D. Renfro, 85, Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at Johnson City Medical Center.

Paul was born in Elizabethton to the late David and Gladys Street Renfro.

Paul practiced Pharmacy for 50 years. He started three local businesses: Corner Drug, West Towne Pharmacy and Princeton Drug. He was a Specialist 5th Class US Army veteran, having served from 1953-1956, during the Korean conflict. Paul was an avid Cardinals baseball fan, mainly because he was named after Paul Dean, the pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals the year they won the World Series, in 1934, the day Paul was born. He was a member of The Gideons International, First District Pharmaceutical Association and Tennessee Pharmaceutical Association. He was a past member of Pinecrest Baptist Church and a present member of Grace Baptist Church, where he was a choir director for many years.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by: his wife of 59 years, Helen Jean Renfro, in 2015; and one brother-in-law, Jerome Christian.

Survivors include: two sons, Larry S. Renfro and his wife Sherri and Lee Scott Renfro and his wife Martha; four granddaughters, Hannah Moore and her husband Nick, Sarah Renfro, Megan Renfro and Alyson Renfro; two brothers, David Lee Renfro, Jr. and his wife Janice and Richard “Dickie” Renfro and his wife Sheila; two sisters, Jane Christian and Janet Grant and her husband Robert; and several nieces.

The family would like to sincerely thank Joyce Gillette for the care she provided to Paul for the last few years.

The family of Paul Renfro will receive friends from 11 AM until 12 PM Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Morris-Baker. The funeral will follow at 12 PM with Pastor Hobbie McCreary officiating. Pallbearers include: Paul Rose, Neal Whitten, Nick Moore, Jacob Richards, Allen Richards, Michael Griesen, Micaiah Griesen and Dustin Miller. Honorary pallbearers include: Jim Baker, Monty Brown, Bryan Sexton, Clint Donegan, Mark Reed, Doug Long, Chester Blankenship, Bob Roller, Earl Maden and Earl Gouge. The committal service will follow at 1:30 PM. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Roselawn Memory Gardens by 1:25 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 612 Collins Dr. Johnson City, TN 37604 or The Gideons International at www.gideons.org/donate.


Visitation: January 4, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Funeral Service: January 4, 2020 12:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Committal Service: January 4, 2020 1:30 pm

Roselawn Memorial Park
3033 S. Roan Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Paul D. Renfro's name.

Gideons International

P.O. Box 3695
Johnson City, TN

Memories Timeline


  1. Diane Whitson Keisler says:

    i would not be the pharmacist I am today if Paul and Jean had not allowed me to work with them at Corner Drug while I was in high school and college. I’m sure I was often more hindrance than help but they were always patient and taught me many things regarding pharmacy and business that have helped me throughout my career. I hope I will have as profound of an impact on someone I come in contact with.

  2. Leslie and Kathie says:

    What great friends Paul and Jean were to us. Wish we could have witnessed their reunion in heaven. Renfro family please accept our deepest sympathy. You had two of the finest people on earth as your parents and grandparents.

  3. June Day says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Paul Renfro. He was a wonderful Christian man and good friend. I know he will be missed by his family and friends. With deepest sympathy.
    June Day

  4. Sonja Fox says:

    During my real estate career, often saw and talked to Paul and his wife..They were a great joy to
    be around and added much to people s lives..My prayers and thoughts go with the family..

  5. Chris and Angelia Guinn says:

    I attended Pinecrest Baptist church with Paul and Jean. Paul was a wonderful choir director, and he and Jean hosted cottage prayer meetings that I attended, along with their niece Kristin. The entire family is loving and kind. I have such fond memories of Paul and Jean, and truly felt loved when I saw them. They were a treasure to the community.

  6. Debbie Story says:

    Iv known the Renfro family for 57 years! The love and blessings
    they share with the world is amazing,and will remain in my heart
    forever! My condolences to family and friends. R.I.P Paul

  7. Debbie Story says:

    I have known the Renfro family for 57 years. The love and blessings they shared with the world
    will remain in my heart forever. My condolences to all family and friends. Rest in Peace, Paul

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