The author of Matthew wrote this truth: “God will go before you, walk beside you, stand behind you. I am with you always”.
Nobody could have lived that truth with more honesty, faith, and integrity than James R. Fuller.
Jim was born October 28, 1938 and was one of four children born to the late Harvey and Winnie Fuller. The early years of his life were spent in Heard County. 1960 was a life-defining year for him as he was introduced to the young lady who would help write his life’s story for the next 60 plus years. They dated only three months before they married, and many thought this couple would not last.
The doubters did not consider that God was in on this marriage and would always be the driving force for this couple. Jim worked for a number of years in Atlanta and had the unique job experience with the Atlanta Fire Department that made him the driver of the back of the hook and ladder truck until 1966.
During those years he also worked part-time for Goodyear. This would eventually lead to a full-time job with the company in which he would find great advancement and satisfaction. As he moved into management, he enjoyed the benefits that came with that success as he and Patsy took advantage of the trips he was awarded for his diligent work ethic. In 1987, Jim and his son Terry purchased Westside Tire and Alignment in Newnan.
For all the years since, their entire family has been blessed to be able to work together for the common good of them all. That is no small accomplishment. Each individual found their place of comfort. Jim was a gregarious greeter and conversationalist and loved paperwork.
The more forms, the more he liked it. He probably invented forms for his forms! Most importantly, he led by example as a hardworking, honest businessman whose trust was never an issue.
The bedrock of Jim’s life was his unwavering faith in the God of creation. He was a deacon, church leader and Church Elder since 1972. He loved his New Springs Church family and was always in attendance until his last illness. Even then, he was there in spirit and prayer.
Jim found great joy in the family land he purchased when he moved his family back to Heard County in 1972. He instilled in his children and grandchildren that reverence for the land and what it could produce. His gardens were legendary, and he never missed a chance to share one of his beautiful roses with family and friends. His grandchildren spent many happy hours riding the acreage with him. Any old tractor or golf cart became his conveyance of choice.
Jim led a wonderful, full, exemplary life for all his years until God called him to his eternal reward on February 18th, 2021. He surely heard the words of God, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
Surviving Jim is his cherished wife Patsy Fuller. He was a Godly example to his children Terry Fuller and his wife Jackie, Melinda Parker, and her husband Michael. Jim was profoundly affected by the loss of his grandson Austin, and one can only imagine that reunion. Jim freely gave of his attention to his grandchildren James “Anthony” Fuller and his wife Adrienne, Katherine Parker, and Makayla Fuller. His great-grandchildren are Gracie Fuller and Ada Jean Fuller. He is survived, also, by his brother Harry (and Dianne) Fuller, sister-in-law Joan Fuller, sister-in-law Linda (and Mike) Hampton. There is an extended family of nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, grandson Jack Austin Fuller, brother Ralph Fuller and sister, Opal F. Abner.
His funeral service was held Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 2 PM at New Springs Methodist Church with Rev. Larry McDaniel and Rev. Tim Roberts officiating. Interment followed in New Springs Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family accepted guests at Stutts Funeral Home on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.
Stutts Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements.