He was a resident of Waycross since September 1929. He graduated from Wacona High School in May 1938 where he lettered in basketball and was a member of the track and diamond ball teams. He played basketball with the semi-pro Waycross Merchants in 1939-40.
Paul was also one of the top area high school basketball referees for several years. He became a part time sports writer for the Waycross Journal Herald in January 1949 and was named sports editor in January 1957. He wrote and edited sports for the newspaper for 15 years, being promoted to managing editor in 1972.
While with the Journal Herald he earned the following honors: First place in Georgia Associated Press sports writing contests in 1959 and 1963 and honorable mention awards in 1964, 1965 and 1966 along with an honorable mention award in feature writing in 1966. Other citations and awards he earned while with the Journal Herald included a plaque from the Ladies Handicap Bowling League in 1968-69, was named honorary member of the Waycross Credit Women’s International Club in 1973 for handling newspaper publicity, was presented a plaque by Ware County 4-H Clubs for meritorious service, cited with a plaque by Ware Jaycees in 1979-80, was made a life member of the Center Junior High Business Leaders of America in 1980 and was presented the 1980 President’s Award by Rehabilitation Workshop, Inc., awarded a Waycross Shrine Club certificate of appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in 1982, and a plaque from the YMCA for outstanding service in handling publicity for the 1984 capital funds drive.
He was married to the former Miss Dorothy Davis who played basketball at Waresboro High School for Coach Jake Lankford. They had two children, Mrs. Wanda Lawrence and a son Dr. Timothy Robinson, an associate professor of philosophy at the College of St. Benedict in central Minn.