Remembering Paul Broyhill, a true friend of children

Paul Broyhill, 97, died October 5, 2021. His legacy of leadership, compassion, generosity, and kindness is spread world-wide where the name “Broyhill” is synonymous with quality and style.

We first met over a late-night dinner at a French restaurant in Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem. It was a Friday night in July

‘83 and what was supposed to be a get-acquainted visit turned into a three-hour time of introduction, reminiscing, and looking ahead.

Paul Broyhill was a man of action and he urged me to be that same way as the new president of Baptist Children’s Homes. I called him often and visited when I could.

The Broyhill Family Foundation was the vehicle through which grants were made to BCH (the first was for a swimming pool at Mills Home in 1955). But, the work of the Foundation was felt in powerful ways throughout Caldwell County, homebase for Broyhill Furniture Industries.

For decades, Paul was an active—and influential—member of First Baptist Church, Lenoir. It was here—and especially through the guidance of his parents J. E. and Satie Broyhill—that Paul became convinced of “the need to give back.” And, give back he did! We at BCH have been the grateful recipients of Paul’s generosity and that of his parents before him.

The crowning touch of Broyhill generosity to BCH is the Broyhill

Children’s Home, located in the hill country of Clyde, North Carolina in Haywood County. As recently as the week I am writing

these words, we received a substantial grant from the Foundation

to fund one of our projects.

I dedicated my book, Above the Clouds...9 Essentials for Thriving at the Peak to Mr. Broyhill with these words: “Paul Broyhill has been a friend, mentor, and confidant since 1983. His words—PUSH AHEAD—are words I repeatedly lean on when making decisions or casting new visions. I draw strength from his entrepreneurial spirit and relentless pursuit of excellence. Thank you, Paul Broyhill, for your

shining example of leadership and true friendship.”

Thank you, indeed, Paul Hunt Broyhill. Your legacy is firmly established—a legacy of love and changed lives. My commitment

to the memory of Mr. Broyhill is to continue that legacy to the best

of my ability.

Written by Michael C. Blackwell, President/CEO of BCH

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