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Col. Paul Emmitt Towry

Obituary for Col. Paul Emmitt Towry

July 14, 1919 - March 15, 2016
New Braunfels, Texas | Age 96


Colonel Paul E. Towry (Army Ret.), age 96, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in New Braunfels, Texas. He was born and raised in Skinem, Tennessee.

Following high school graduation, he graduated from Chillicothe (Ohio) Business College. Soon thereafter, he began his 30-year Army career. His military service spanned from World War II, with combat service in France, Belgium and Germany, through Vietnam. His assignments took him and his family throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. Following his Army retirement, Paul's entrepreneurial spirit helped him succeed in two business ventures—an import/export business in Okinawa dealing in oriental fine art and jewelry, and after returning to the US, a flooring business in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

He finally retired to Texas, where he continued his hobbies as a poet, songwriter, world traveler with his wife Nita, and genealogist of the Towry and McAlister names. He helped found the Towry/Towery Family of America, serving as President, Director, and Trustee of this genealogical organization. He was bestowed their highest honor of Chairman Emeritus several years ago. He also helped found the Clan McAlister of America, a genealogical organization to research his maternal family heritage. Paul's interest in genealogy was of particular importance to him and it can be said, "he never met a stranger." He would ask everyone he met 'what's your name and where are you from?'

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, John Ewin and Mary Julia McAlister Towry; and wives Ruth Souther Towry-Mortar, Ethel "Kathi" Milsted Towry, and the strongest love of his life, Juanita Strock Towry.

He is survived by his children Paula Towry, Linda (Vahe) Najarian, John F. (Gretchen) Towry, and Patricia (Laurent) Sibiril; six grandchildren Hollie Dean, Michelle Hetzel, Jennifer Fisher, Aida Kenyon, Oshine Najarian, Jessica Hozain and Quintin Sibiril; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Joint services will be held for both Col. Towry and his wife, Juanita, who died on January 29, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Fisher House Foundation at

10:00 AM
1101 McCullough Ave

Chaplain (Major General) Lorraine K. Potter (USAF, Ret.) will officiate.

Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • the Fisher House Foundation at

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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