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Fulkerson, Raymond Gerald “Jerry”

Fulkerson, Raymond Gerald “Jerry”

February 19, 1941 — December 8, 2019

Raymond Gerald "Jerry" Fulkerson, 78, of Liberty, MO, passed away December 8, 2019. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Thursday, December 12, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Private family services will follow and private interment at a later date will be in Glenridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Parkinson's Foundation.

Jerry was born February 19, 1941, in Owensboro, KY, the son of Raymond Riggs and Virginia Lee Fulkerson. His parents preceded him in death. Jerry's father was a minister and the family lived in Kentucky, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Indiana. Following in his father's footsteps, Jerry served as a minister in the Church of Christ for many years. He was united in marriage to Mary Joyce Carter on August 30, 1960. They were blessed with three sons, Gregg, Todd and Brett. Gregg passed away in 2009.

Jerry attended Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, TN, David Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN, and the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he received his Master's and Ph.D. Jerry was Chairman of the Communication and Literature Department at Freed-Hardeman University, where he was a Professor of Communication in upper-level courses. He worked for Freed-Hardeman 39 years, preparing hundreds of students for their graduate college future.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Joyce; sons, Todd Fulkerson (Andrea) and Brett Fulkerson (Sarah); five grandchildren, Carter, Lily, Savannah, Jack, Audrey.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Thursday, December 12, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Private family services will follow and private interment at a later date will be in Glenridge Cemetery.

Fulkerson, Raymond Gerald “Jerry”'s Guestbook

I feel a profound loss upon hearing of Brother Fulkerson's passing. He was more than a professor to me; he was a friend and mentor. He challenged me to reach levels I never expected I could. After leaving college I was blessed to spend some time with him along the Blue Ridge Parkway and learn from his meticulous approach to nature photography. I mourn our loss, but rejoice at the release he now enjoys from a terrible illness. (Johnson City, TN)

Tim Hall

I loved this man- he was my “ boss” for work study while I attended Freed. I have one of his photography artwork pieces hanging in my home right now ! My thoughts and condolences to the family

Sheri Hibbett Bieter

Was privileged to have him as a speech teacher in the early 1970s. I was then privileged to return to Freed-Hardeman in 1979 and serve with him as a colleague. I am privileged to have some of his photography. He was certainly a multi-talented gentleman. Prayers for Joyce and the rest of his family.

Vicki Johnson

I am so thankful for the time I spent learning from this gentle, intelligent, Christian man.

Amber (Faughn) Tatum

Bro. Fullerton and family—the older boys when they were toddlers would drive on Sundays To a small congregation in a small community called Maud, Alabama. The families would take turns feeding the preacher’s family. My grandparents, Lillian and Finous along with my family would eat together. Maud appreciated his service to God through his work at Maud. May God bless you all as you cope with your loss.

Cindy Russell Leach

He was a very big influence in my education life . While at FHC, I enjoyed many of his classes and still remember many of the things that he taught me. Comfort and strength for the family.

Gary Jones

One of my favorite teachers at FHU.

Sami Nicholas

He was one of my favorite professors. Enjoyed his classes. So sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers and condolences to his family.

Donna Lyons Tomaszewski

One of the most honest and genuine people I ever had as a teacher or colleague. He influenced me in so many ways and I will always honor his stamp on my life. The story of his dissertation is a fascinating one! God bless his family and the positive impact he had on all of us! Boone, North Carolina

Dave Spiceland

Dr. Fulkerson was my speech teacher when I was a freshman at F-HU. He was a good man and we extend our sympathy to his family.

Ron Harper

Very sorry to hear of the loss of this good man. His influence will continue to be felt for generations. Our condolences to the family.

John R Hill

Our hearts go out to all of the family. I regret that in all of our travels, they have not brought us together since Jerry’s and Joyce’s fathers’ funerals. We enjoyed knowing both families and have often wondered about them. I appreciate Jerry as a friend, a student, a preacher, a colleague, and an Illinois alumnus who was invaluable in my dissertation research. We were glad to have Jerry and Joyce as neighbors. God bless you all!

J. D. and Sherry M. Thomas

Remembering Jerry with gratitude and love...He has blessed so many lives through the years. Joyce, we are praying for you and your family. May Our Father bless you with an extra measure of peace and strength. God bless... Era Neely

Era Neely

I loved this guy! He had a huge impact on me while I was in college at Freed-Hardeman. I was a communication major so I had him for many classes. As an adult we remained friends and I cherish those memories. Even though Jerry worked a long time at FHU, I regret that his time was cut short. He ran an outstanding communication department. He will be missed by many and I pray for peace and comfort for Joyce and the family.

Dave Clouse

Dr. Fulkerson was a great and humble man. He served as my Speech teacher and later friend and advocate as we worked to build the WFHC/WFHU radio station and set plans for the later TV studios in the new Communications building at Freed. We were friends until his illness, and I am just one of those who benefited from him as a student. Rest with God.

Stanley Adams

A key and much appreciated influence in my life.

Steve Bowers

Joyce we appreciated Jerry for his Faith and professionalism. Your unwavering dedication to him during his long illness is uplifting to us all. You are in our prayers Cousin.

Jamie and Kate Leonard

So sorry to hear of Dr. Fulkerson's passing. One of my favorite professors at FHC as a communications major. Did not know his roots are in Owensboro. I am from Leitchfield. Grace to the family...

Mark Claypool

Our hearts are with the Fulkerson family. May your faith sustain you through the difficult times of loss of a loved one. May God grant you peace.

Jon Tatum

I tried for years to find Dr. Fulkerson to tell him how much he has meant to me all of these years. I am very sorry to have missed the opportunity to tell him in person. Whenever anyone asks me who was the mentor who put me on the path to my life‘s work, I always point to Dr. Fulkerson. May he rest in peace, knowing what an impact he had on so many thousands of lives. Condolences to the family in your loss!

Donn King

Love to all of you. Dr. Fulkerson made a great impression on me during my college years and all of you are woven throughout the memories of my years in Henderson. May you all be granted peace and comfort as you move through this loss.

Maria Webb

Love to you and your sweet family. You have all been precious to us for as long as I can remember. He was a dear and kind man. Praying for love, strength and comfort for you all.

Linda Thomas Williams

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