Rev. Franklin "Frank" Kenneth Paro, 92, of Pooler, Ga. died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his home under the care of Hospice Savannah and surrounded by his family. He was born March 13, 1927 in Canton, New York and was raised in an orphanage in Ogdensburg, New York. At the age of 15, Frank left the orphanage and worked on a farm in Lisbon, New York for three years. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the US Army in Syracuse, New York and served from October 1945 until May 1947 and then re-enlisted in January 1948 for three years. He served the Army until 1951, when he joined the US Air Force and served until his retirement in August 1966. After his military career was over, Frank went to work for Southland Life Insurance Company from October 1966 until May 1972.
In September 1971, he was called by the Lord to full time ministry in the field of music while serving as Music Director at DeReene Avenue Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. He was the Chaplin for the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Post 7331, American Legion Post 322 and Mighty Eighth Air Force Birth Place Chapter. Frank was a World War II Veteran, serving in both the Pacific and European Theaters. In 2012, he had the opportunity to visit the World War II Memorials and other Washington DC Memorials, thanks to Savannah Honor Flight.
Frank received his high school diploma from the State of New York in 1951 and then went on to graduate from the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in 1962. In May of 1975, he graduated from Baptist Bible College with a diploma in music and also received the Outstanding Music Award. In May of 1977, he received a Bachelor of Art in Music from Baptist Bible College. From 1976 to 1990, Frank served as Music Director for Bible Baptist Church in Buffalo, and from 1990 to 2002 was Music Director of Victory Baptist Church in Buffalo. He was Mayor of Buffalo from 2002 to 2004. He served as volunteer Music Director at Pineland Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia, and from 2004 to 2006 as volunteer Music Director at Southwest Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. He was the Chaplin for the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Post 7331, American Legion Post 322 and Mighty Eighth Air Force Birth Place Chapter.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Elizabeth Nelms Paro; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Kathleen Paro; two grandchildren, Ashlee Nicole Paro and Amberlee Paro; and three step grandchildren, Heather, Kimberly and Kyle.
Frank was buried at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery with full military honors.