December 2, 1951 ~ June 27, 2020

Born in: Galveston, TX
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Paul Adrian Devine, was born December 2, 1951 in Galveston, Texas to Elaine and Paul “Chop” Devine. Adrian was a former major league pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. He graduated Ball High School (Galveston) in 1970 and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the June amateur draft that year. After his baseball career, Adrian attended college to become a teacher. He earned his BA in Education degree from Georgia State University and a Master’s degree from Jacksonville State U. in Alabama. A “Specialist” degree was earned at Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee.

Adrian retired in 2011 and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with family. He was an active member of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Georgia where he served as his small class’ directorship for many years.

He leaves behind his loving wife Gloria “Dodie” Devine who he married in 1971 when he was 19 and she was 18. They enjoyed a marriage of 48+ years, bearing three children: Renee’ Devine Rafanelli, Paul Adrian Devine Jr., and Travis Devine (who also played professional baseball). As well as his son-in-law, Major Christopher Rafanelli. His only granddaughter, Adriana Rafanelli, was named after him, though he referred to her as his “Peanut.” Clayton Devine is the only grandson and was recently born to Travis/Lauren Devine.

Surviving siblings are sisters Katie Devine, Marilyn Devine, Jenifer Byrd, and Monica Harvey. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Danny Devine, who passed in 2015.

Visitation services will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Funeral home 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 3,2020 at 4:00 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Worship Center 202 Hebron Church Road Dacula, Georgia 30019. Guests are encouraged to attend the funeral service wearing their favorite baseball jersey or shirt.

In lieu of flowers, Adrian would prefer that friends order Gideon Bibles to be given in his memory. To make a donation online visit:, call Donor Services (M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST) at 866-382-4253. With every GideonCard you send, your donation provides for Bibles and New Testaments to be distributed around the world, for free, by The Gideons International.

Please note: Covid measures will be requested at all venue locations.


Visitation: July 2, 2020 5:00 pm - July 2, 2020 8:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046


Funeral Service: July 3, 2020 4:00 pm - July 3, 2020 5:00 pm

Hebron Baptist Church
202 Hebron Church Road
Dacula, GA 30019


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  1. CandleImageAdrain was a wonderful person, we are glad we had the opportunity to meet him & Dodie and call them friends. Adrian will be greatly missed.

  2. CandleImageAdrian was such a wonderful person and friend. I am so glad I got the opportunity to work with him at Creekland for so many years. I will always remember our endless conversations about fishing in Texas! He loved it so much. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Adrian
    Was a great person father, Husband, and Christian

    He will be missed by all Lucy and I send our heartfelt prayers to the family

    God Bless this great family

    Our Prayers

    Larry Troutman

  4. Sharon and I were deeply saddened to hear of Adrian’s passing. We enjoyed getting to know Adrian and Dodie in our Connect Group at Hebron. He will be greatl missed!

  5. Lynn and I have known Adrian and Dodie for a number of years now. I have said for a very long time, before Adrian became ill, that he was one of the best men I had ever met. Adrian was a strong Christian man and that was very evident in his life. Not because he was proud and boastful….but because he put the Lord first in his life. He loved his family so very much and he treated others with great respect and gentleness.
    Adrian was a very clear and proficient writer, but his words were not flowery or false sounding. He spoke directly from his heart. We should all strive to have the Lord shine through us as He did through Adrian.
    We loved Adrian and will miss him. He was a genuinely good man… because of and through the grace of God.
    Troy Woodbury

  6. CandleImageAdrian and Dodie, They are a special couple. Adrian was always so kind and always concerned about others. He loved the Lord and his family and showed it in his life. You will be greatly missed in this world but greatly loved in Heaven. Prayers, Shirley and Jim Newton

  7. I was very sad to learn of Adrian’s passing. Working with Adrian at Lawrenceville Middle School was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed taking him deer hunting a couple of times and on a couple of dove shoots along with Travis. Adrian was such a good shot with that shotgun ! Adrian was a great guy and honorable man. He always talked of his family in loving terms and was devoted to them. I so enjoyed his stories about baseball. All of my thoughts and prayers go out to Dodie, Renee’, Paul and Travis at this difficult time.

  8. CandleImageSending my thoughts and prayers to the family. Adrian will truly be missed by many.

    Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. John 11:25

    Love your cousin,

  9. CandleImageAdrian was my cousin. I remember him being a soft spoken person and we all had nicknames. His nickname was “peewee.” I am proud to be his cousin. I love him, although I did not know him as we became adults. We had a family reunion, and he autographed a baseball for me. He will certainly be missed and loved by his family.
    Your cousin Larry Capuano

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