A TIME TO BE BORN and A TIME TO DIE
Mr. Willie Thomas Fuller, Jr. was born September 7, 1948, in Edgefield, South Carolina. He was a son of the late Willie Thomas, Sr. and Pearl Hampton Fuller. He died on November 14, 2022, at the Prisma Richland Hospital after a battle with renal failure.
A TIME TO SERVE
He was a 1967 graduate of W.E. Parker High School in Edgefield, SC. During the Vietnam War, he proudly served his country as a United States Marine. Upon returning from Vietnam, he moved to Columbia attended and graduated from Palmer College; and was employed by WOLO TV for over 30 years, rising to the level of Production Manager. For decades, he was heavily involved in the production of the Jerry Lewis Telethon and such shows as the Job Man Caravan, etc. He was also a skilled musician and played the saxophone with the Carolina Playboys Band for several years. Willie was a good and faithful neighbor who took pleasure in improving the Northwood Hills Neighborhood community by serving as a Block Captain and neighborhood watch. He also successfully completed the Columbia Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed road trips where he could listen to jazz and then fish in the lakes and ponds across the country. He was also a member of the South Carolina Combat Veterans Group.
Early in life he became a member of the Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Edgefield, S.C. He loved Springfield and its members and served faithfully as a trustee until the pandemic and his health failed.
In addition to his parents, three of his brothers, O'Neal Fuller, James (Butch) (Sadie Fuller), and Alexander (Valarie Fuller Haskell), preceded him in death.
A TIME TO REMEMBER
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 52 years, Rose Murcier Fuller. He is the father of two loving daughters, LaShonda Fuller of Columbia, South Carolina; and SFC Shante P. Fuller, Ft. Carson, Colorado. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Fuller of Edgefield, South Carolina; brothers, William (Blandnia) Tyrone Fuller, Marvin (Rebecca) Fuller, Richard (Demetrie) Fuller, all of Edgefield, South Carolina; and Carl Fuller of North Augusta, South Carolina; his caring mother-in-law, Hattie Murcier of McCormick, South Carolina; a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, devoted classmates, members of the S.C. Combat Veterans Group, neighbors, and friends. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.