George Hiram Fuller Sr., 80, of Raleigh (formerly of Wake Forest), died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, of lung cancer. He was born Friday, April 13, 1934, the 13th child of I.B. and Ruby Fuller, in Donaldson, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jay Fuller, and all of his siblings. He is survived by his son George Jr. and his wife Tammy; two grandsons George III (Tripp), his wife Alecia and their son Elgin and daughter Khora, of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and Steven Fuller, his wife Chase and their son, Wake, of Jackson, Miss.; brother-in-law Robert Jacobs, of Gurdon, Ark.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ivan and Glenna Marks, of Austin, Texas; the Stuckey family, the Steve Crane family, adopted grandchildren and a large group of family and friends.
Hiram served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He served as Command Chief of NORAD, Command Chief of the Third Air Force, two tours in the Vietnam War and went into live fire as a courier in that war. He was chosen man of the year by the 355th Fighter Groups in 2014. He ran the maintenance department for St. Mary’s School in Raleigh from 1981 to 1998.
In his retirement he volunteered with the USO, Meals on Wheels, Tri-area Ministry, as an RDU Ambassador, and at New Community Church and North Raleigh Community Church.
A memorial service honoring his life will be held Thursday May 15, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of Woodland Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Hammack from the North Raleigh Community Church, Rev. George Fuller Jr., Rev. Tripp Fuller and Rev. Steven Fuller officiating. His ashes will be buried after the service next to his wife, Jay, in the Woodland Baptist Church cemetery. Casual dress is requested. T-shirts given to you by Hiram are welcome.
Friends may visit with the family in the church fellowship building following the inurnment.
In lieu of flowers the family would like gifts to be made to Love Wins Ministries, 707 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27603, or to a charity of your own choosing.
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