LAKE CHARLES, La. – Paul Edwin “Red” Hynes, 73, died Aug. 22, 2013, at the Forum in Houston, ending a long battle with multiple myeloma.
Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles, La. Visitation is 9 a.m. until the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens in Lake Charles.
He was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Sulphur, La., and most recently was a resident of Weatherford. He graduated from Sulphur High School in 1957, where he was a standout football player. He continued his football career at Louisiana Tech, where his on-field contributions resulted in being named to Tech’s “All-Century Team” in 2001.
He played two seasons with the New York Titans of the then-fledgling AFL. After injuries sidelined him permanently, he began a globe-trotting career in the oil business as an offshore pipe line engineer, working for Jay Ray McDermott and Brown and Root in the North Sea and Persian Gulf. While with Brown & Root, he developed at least one patentable innovation for offshore applications. He later formed his own consulting firms, working in the North Sea and Southeast Asia.
He enjoyed traveling and had many friends and colleagues throughout the world, but he was a Louisiana boy at heart an avid outdoorsman, who was particularly fond of duck hunting and knew how to “laissez les bons temps rouler.” “Red’s” grilling exploits are legendary within his family – to this day his grandsons know that you don’t start the grill unless you’ve got sausage ready to put on the coals.
Paul is survived by his children, Paul, Jr. (Lisa), of Kansas City, Mo.; Holly(Mark) Carrigan, of Houston, and Jeffrey (Tina), Chicago; grandchildren, Taylor, Daniel, Madison, Michael, Haley, Cooper, John Paul, Campbell Carrigan and Kendall; nieces and nephews, Karen Swinney, Fort Worth, Randy (Julie) Hynes, of Weatherford, and Lynn Hynes, of Oklahoma City; two great-nephews, Colt and Spencer; and a great-niece, Jennifer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Velma and “Eddie”; brother, George; and former wife, Cherry Chapman, originally from West Monroe, La.
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