May 24, 1937 ~ December 21, 2021

Born in: Indianapolis, Indiana
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Paul Edward McQueen walked into the arms of Jesus on the morning of December 21, 2021. He was born to Martha Lucille and DeVere McQueen on May 24, 1937. His older brother Robert DeVere McQueen preceded him in death, as did his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife Trae (Brenda), and his precious children Paul Edward (McQueen) Arvin (Melody) of Pennsylvania, and Penny Jo (McQueen) Arvin Allen (Dale) of Brown County Indiana. Paul was the proud grandfather of nine, including Markie and Shawn Miller and Amanda Jo Arvin Jones (Keith) of Pennsylvania, Lacey Marie Arvin (Jes) of Virginia and Taylor Renae Arvin of Pennsylvania. His latest source of joy and pride were two great-grandsons, Mason Lee and Maxwell Avery Jones of Pennsylvania. He is loved and remembered by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, pastors, church members and friends.

He was raised in Indianapolis and joined the Army in 1962 where he auditioned with and served in the AradCom Choral Group, traveling the US through 30 states. The group performed in Carnegie Hall, the Johnny Carson Tonight Show, the 1964 World’s Fair and in concert with Van Cliburn, a nationally renowned concert pianist.
He came home from the Army in 1968 and formed a trio The Classics (later renamed the Fashions), singing throughout Indianapolis.

Paul moved to Texas with ARA systems, and then began his own coffee and snack vending company in Austin Texas in 1977. In the beginning he lived in his business and took showers outside behind the shop in the dark with a hose strung over a closeline! Thankfully his business quickly became successful and he bought his home in Austin.

In 1981, he encountered two life-changing meetings. He met his future wife Trae and they both met the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Dear friends Ben and Susan Mosley invited this dating couple to their church, and Paul and Trae’s lives were changed! They received salvation, joined the church, the choir and began singing for the Lord. Marriage followed in July 1982, and they dedicated the rest of their married life to the gospel music ministry and moved to Indianapolis.
Paul won a recording contract with Spirit Song records and performed on the Grand Ol’ Gospel Time radio show in Nashville, Tennessee, on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium.

After his solo album, he was joined by Trae in harmony as a duet for the next 10 recordings!

They traveled and ministered in song and testimony throughout 11 states and in Munich, Germany. Paul held offices in the Indiana Gospel Music Association and they were invited original members of the Indiana Gospel Music Festival, held in Noblesville each year.

Paul became an ordained minister in 2015 and was honored to perform the wedding ceremony for his granddaughter Amanda’s wedding in 2015.

Assistant pastor of The Living Cross Church in Beech Grove, Paul was also a vital member of the praise team choir and loved serving with his dear friend and pastor Rick Clayton. He won many awards because of his beautiful crooner’s voice and servant’s heart. He was full of joy and peace of mind and spirit. His greatest award came on December 21 when he looked on Jesus’s Face and heard Jesus say “Well done, they good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

Visitation will be from 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, 5215 N. Shadeland Avenue. A Funeral Service will be at 1pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.

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Visitation: January 4, 2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Funeral Service: January 5, 2022 1:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Trea and family,
    We want to share with you our deepest sympathy for this great loss in your lives. I know the table will seem incomplete with that empty space that was normally filled the wonderful presence that surrounded Paul. His voice so smooth and warm, in singing as well as just conversation. I feel so very honored to have known him for more years than I can remember. Heaven choir is so much sweeter with his voice added to it. My heart goes to the song, “When All God’s Singers Get Home.” With his home going just means we are one more of those singers closer to that great day when we can sing for/to Jesus in person.
    Trea, you have wonderful memories, and you now get to experience another of God’s great promises: Peace and comfort in the midst of a storm of life. Allow God to fill you and bless you.
    Dave & Sheila Ducommon

  3. Godspeed pops. Thinking of you and I know I’ll see you again someday. Your probably already singing with the angels trying to break out in a solo. Like you used to say me…”see you later alligator” and me saying “after while crocodile.” Rest in peace.🙏

  4. Trae, I wish I could put into words what an honor it was to know and be a part of Paul’s and your life for over 40 years. He was a wonderful friend, mentor, brother in the Lord and example of what God’s grace and love can do in a willing heart. I loved and will greatly miss his edifying spirit. He was always quick with a smile and helping hand to a friend in need. I know, because I was a friend. I will miss my brother, but not for long! … for you are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. ( James 4:14) I’m looking forward to the day that all of Gods elect gather to worship our Savior and fellowship for all eternity. My prayer is that the Lord Jesus Christ will comfort you, as only he can. Trae, Paul has finished his race with perseverance and faithfulness. Let us do the same!
    Love in Him,
    Ben and Susan Mosley

  5. Don’t worry about Trae. She’s in good hands until you meet again.
    Oh.. your 72 Ovation guitar is in good hands as well. 🙂

  6. I only had the pleasure of meeting Paul, one time, when his wife Trae and I had our 50th Class Reunion in Sweetwater, Texas, in 2013!! Trae and I had gone to School together 3 years in Junior High School, and 3 years in High School!! we had gotten to be friends in High School, Just casual friends that had to pick on each other some
    times!! Then we graduated, then went on our different ways!! Then my wife and I met Paul and Trae at This Class Reunion!! They sang some Spiritual/religious Songs!! and were great together!! Then most of us have tried to keep up with each other since then (on FACEBOOK)!! Where We found out about ow sick that Paul had become!! Then about his passing!! So, Paul made his final transition to Heaven!! He is going to be greatly missed by many!! Especially his wife Trae!! My life has been greatly blessed by meeting Paul just one time!! He was an inspiration to me and many!! Thoughts/Condolences/Prayers to Trae, Paul’s Family, and his many, many Friends!! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!

  7. Dear Trae,
    Please know that I am lifting you up in prayer at this time. The photo montage of your dear Paul’s life was beautiful and shared a glimpse into a life lived with love and the LORD!
    I’m so grateful that we will all be together again for eternity.
    In Christ’s love,
    Rebecca Findlay

  8. My sincere and ongoing prayers for Trae and all of the McQueen family. Paul always had a smile and his unmistakable voice will be missed for sure! I counted it an honor to serve along side Paul and Trae in the gospel music association and ministry. Prayers of peace and comfort for all of us who will miss him this side of heaven.

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