OBITUARY

Paul Joseph Sousa

April 3, 1937October 10, 2021

SOUSA MOBILE, AL Paul Joseph Sousa, age 84, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and a longtime resident of Mobile, Alabama, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021. Mr. Sousa received a B.S. Degree in Mathematics from William Carey University in 1962, and a M.S. Degree in Administration from the University of South Alabama in 1968, and an Education Specialist Degree in Administration from the University of Alabama in 1970. He devoted thirty-six years to public education within the Mobile County School System. Early in his career, he taught algebra and coached basketball at Clark Middle School and Mary G. Montgomery High School. He was an assistant principal at Williamson High School and Murphy High School and then principal of Phillips Middle School, Theodore High School, and Murphy High School. Under his leadership, Murphy was the first public school in Mobile selected as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. While at Murphy, he was nominated by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as one of the top 25 principals in the nation. In 1987, he served as the Deputy Superintendent of Mobile County School System and then Superintendent from 1992 to 1998. During his tenure as Superintendent, he resolved the 37 year Birdie Mae Davis lawsuit to end segregation in the school system, implemented the largest building program without increasing taxes, increased the bond rating from B to AAA, increased state test scores systemwide above the national average, and was selected Alabama’s PTA Outstanding Superintendent of the Year. He was a delegate to College Board, National College Services Assembly, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Phi Delta Kappa. He served as president of the Mobile chapters of Phi Delta Kappa and the Alabama Council of School Administrators and Supervisors. After he retired from the Mobile County School System, he was employed by HOAR Construction as their program management education consultant for Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Also, he was chief negotiator for forming Saraland City Schools, Satsuma City Schools, and Chickasaw City Schools and served as interim superintendent for the Saraland and Chickasaw school systems. His civic affiliations included Mobile Rotary Club, Leadership Mobile Education Committee, Mayor of Mobile Long Range Planning Committee, Team Focus, Mobile Touchdown Club, Mobile Senior Bowl Transportation Committee, Mobile GMAC Bowl Selection Committee, and the Outstanding Athlete Committee for the United States Sports Academy. In 2011, he was inducted into William Carey University’s Hall of Fame. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Judith Evans Sousa of Mobile, daughter Kristen Sousa Pollard and her husband James Edwin Pollard II of Point Clear, nephews, nieces, and other relatives. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to neighbor and friend Larry Foster for special assistance. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at Pinecrest Funeral Home’s Chapel on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 1:00 pm. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Graveside service will follow. In memory of Paul Sousa, contributions may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts.

  • FAMILY

  • Judith Evans Sousa, Wife
  • Kristen Sousa Pollard, Daughter

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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Jimmie Butler

October 17, 2021

Such a great loss! At kJ Clark, my 7th grade math teacher and 8 & 9th grade basketball coach. Undefeated in 9th grade basketball. Coach Sousa was a great coach and disciplinarian. Kept in touch with him through the years. He was principal at Murphy when I was at Mobile gas and was volunteer in Junior Achievement. A great friend!

Doretha McDell

October 16, 2021

Mr. Sousa was a devoted principal at Murphy High School. He was my principal from 1983 to 1987. I shared homeroom with Kristen. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep you.

Nandi Crawford

October 15, 2021

Mr Sousa was the Principal while I was at Murphy High School,(Class of 1981). He was a special.guest at our 35th Class Reunion and sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace and Condolences and prayers to his family.

Charles Willcox

October 15, 2021

Judy & Kristen,
Just read about Paul & sorry about not being there with you to console & share my memories of working with & for Paul.
He gave me a chance at serving the school system after being told no several times. Through all the ups & downs of the politics Paul always had the students foremost in his decision making.
The continuation of that relationship when he asked me to join him on the three city school system separations was a special service of joy with him.
I know Jesus has welcomed him as one who "..suffered the little children come unto Me..".
Praying for Paul & all of you,
Charlie Willcox

Jackie Henderson

October 12, 2021

A great Educator. Really nice man. Praying for his family. The first superintendent I served under as Assistant Principal of Orchard Elementary School.

Donna Kennedy

October 11, 2021

Kristen,
I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. He was the best! I have great memories of you and your family growing up. Please give your momma a big hug and know we are praying for y’all. You know daddy is waiting there for him with a hot cup of coffee💔.

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FROM THE FAMILY