Garry Pilcher Fulcher, 76, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2023, at his daughter's residence in Gibson. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, November 20, 2023 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tracy Ivester officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Church Cemetery in Gibson. The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 4:00 – 6:00 PM Sunday afternoon, November 19, 2023.
Born on September 24, 1947, in Louisville, Garry lived a fulfilling life centered around his family, career, and passions. Growing up on Fulcher Road, five miles south of Hephzibah, Garry cherished his humble beginnings and carried the values instilled in him throughout his life. He graduated from Hephzibah High School in 1967 and went on to start his career at Proctor and Gamble immediately after. For an impressive span of 36 years, Garry dedicated himself to the company before retiring. This allowed him to savor the fruits of his labor and indulge in quality time with his loved ones.
Throughout his life, he remained deeply connected to his roots on Fulcher Road. In 1993, he relocated to his tranquil "peace on earth" property in Dearing. This property served as a haven for him, where he delighted in fishing in his mill pond and hosting cherished family and friends for his famous fish fry gatherings.
Garry was known for being both strong-willed and affectionate. He loved to tease and engage in playful banter but never shied away from providing unwavering support to those who needed it. His generous nature manifested not only through material assistance but also through offering his time and unique talents whenever someone required help.
Preferring simplicity over extravagance, Garry found immense joy in the simple pleasures of life. Having worldly possessions did not give him happiness; instead, he found true treasure in the relationships he cultivated with family and friends throughout the years.
Outside of work commitments and family bonding time, Garry nurtured a range of interests that brought him much delight. A devoted football enthusiast, he dedicated Saturdays to cheering for the Georgia Bulldawgs and reserved Sundays for rooting passionately for the Atlanta Falcons. As an avid collector of antiques, his appreciation for craftsmanship and history shone through. Meanwhile, music always set the backdrop to his life, with an affinity for “real” country music and gospel music, particularly by legendary artists like Merle Haggard. When not engrossed in football or antique hunting, Garry could be found watching westerns, a pastime that brought him great pleasure as he held a deep admiration for the timeless classics starring John Wayne.
Garry had an unwavering faith and love for his Bible. His profound knowledge of God's word facilitated engaging and enlightening Biblical conversations with those around him. Whenever his health permitted, Garry attended Ft. Creek Baptist Church, finding solace and strength in his unshakable faith, especially during challenging times over the last year.
Garry was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia Howard Fulcher and Harold Hobson Fulcher; and five siblings, Vera Jones, Earl Fulcher, Doy Fulcher, Frances Stocker, and Ronnie Fulcher. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving and devoted wife, Joan Williford Fulcher; son, Garry Fulcher Jr. (Erin), three daughters, Theresa Dudley (Bobby), Tonya Phillips-Mole (Micah), and Mindy Prescott-Wilcher; brother, Howard H. Fulcher (Linda); nine adoring grandchildren, Garry Fulcher III, Dale Fulcher, Lindsay Horne, Megan Dudley, Ansley Mole, Emma Mole, Corbin Wilcher, Samuel Wilcher, and Holley Wilcher; nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends. Honored to serve as pallbearers include Cavan Fulcher, Clay Fulcher, Hobson Fulcher, Ryan Fulcher, Shane Fulcher, Ted Fulcher, Wayne Fulcher, Brandon Willing and Tyler Willing.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Mike Lyons, Frank McGahee and Affinis Hospice for their support and loving, compassionate care.
Garry Pilcher Fulcher's life was one centered on love—love for family and friends who will cherish memories spent together. Although he may no longer be physically present, his spirit will forever live on through the profound impact he made on the lives of those fortunate enough to have known him.