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Johnny Thomas Fulford

July 21, 1944 ~ July 27, 2022 (age 78)

Obituary

Johnny Thomas Fulford, better known as J.T.  or simply “Pa”, transitioned home peacefully on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 surrounded by the love of his family. 

J.T. was born July 21, 1944, in Wheeler County as one of six children to the late Sherman Albert and Bertha Moran Fulford. Growing up working in the fields, he learned the value of hard work from a young age. This work ethic remained with him throughout his life and he could always be found “piddling” around the farm. 

During his career as an educator and principal, J.T. left a lasting impression on many young lives instilling the importance of education in every student. Never one to sit still, J.T. spent his evenings and weekends tending to his farm and the numerous crops and animals he raised throughout the years. It is highly possible that J.T. owned every animal that was legal to possess in Georgia at some time or another. After his retirement from education, J.T. worked for many years with Modern Woodmen Insurance where he took advantage of the opportunity to frequently visit with everyone in the community. 

During his 78 years on this earth, J.T. touched countless lives with his outgoing and selfless nature. He was the epitome of love, generosity, and sacrifice. He was known to spend hot summer mornings picking a truckload of corn or watermelons so he could ride around and hand them out to his neighbors. The saying “he would give you the shirt off his back” was probably written about J.T. and we could all learn a thing or two from his life. 

In 1966, J.T. married Beulah Coleman. This was the beginning of a long and unique life together in which they remained best friends until the very end. J.T. was the loving father of three daughters. He also played a huge part in raising and ultimately spoiling his grandchildren. While he loved all of his family fiercely, we secretly think the great-grandchildren were the real apples in his eyes. Together these children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren made J.T. a “Pa” and were his pride and joy. He took the time to brag on his family to anyone who would listen.   

In addition to his parents, J.T was preceded in death by his brother Sherman Albert Fulford, Jr. J.T. leaves behind a large and loving family who will cherish all the beautiful memories. He is survived by Beulah Fulford of Glenwood, daughters, Selena Howell (Johnny) of Helena, Sabrina Parcell of Glenwood, and Stella Fulford of Glenwood, grandchildren, Victoria Mock (Ron) of Mt. Vernon, Dixie Vickery (Bryan) of Glenwood, David Milliron (Hunter) of Glenwood, Trevor Holt (Mindi) of Vidalia and Whitney Clark (Travis) of Glenwood, bonus grandchildren Melinda and Shelby Howell of Helena and Shelby Smith (Diamonte) of Tallahassee, great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Kaylee Morgan, Cameron Vickery, Maggie Grace Mock, Madilin Milliron, and Paden Clark, bonus great granddaughter Izzy, brothers Tony Fulford (Frances) of Glenwood, Billy Fulford (Pat) of Alamo, sisters Mary Ann McGee of Alamo and Helen Palmer of Waynesboro, several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends. 

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 29, 2022, at the Alamo City Cemetery with Rev Kevin Hammons officiating. All family and friends are invited to attend in celebration of a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Towns Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Services

Graveside Service
Friday
July 29, 2022

2:00 PM
Alamo City Cemetery

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