Charles Rilton Fulkerson went to see Jesus face to face on October 3, 2018. He was born September 11, 1931 in Dawson County to Rilda Bird (Jones) and William Homan Fulkerson, the youngest of four children. He graduated from Tahoka High School in 1948. He received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1953. Charles married his sweetheart, Dorothy Lee Foster, on September 12, 1952. He served in the army for two years and then began his career with Pioneer Natural Gas, retiring after over 40 years.
Charles served God faithfully—as a youth sponsor at First United Methodist Church in Brownfield, as a deacon at Trinity Church in Lubbock, and a choir member in the Prime Timers. Charles had a servant’s heart: he helped and blessed everyone he came in contact with in any way that he could. He was well known for his humor, wit, intelligence, and for his joy of playing games and almost always winning!
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 Charles gave his family a firm legacy of faith in action for which they are forever grateful. He is survived by Dorothy, his lovely wife of 66 years, a son, David and daughter-in-law Laura of Lubbock, and daughter, Wendy Wheeler and son-in-law Kendon of Guatemala, Central America; seven grandchildren: Shawn (Rachelle) Fulkerson, Jessica (Hudson) Rhodes, Camie (Isaias) Miranda, Jared (Rachel) Wheeler, Brett (Ashley) Wheeler, Micah (Laura) Wheeler, and Ian Wheeler; twelve great-grandchildren: Brianna, Stephen, Josiah, Ethan, Eli, Nico, Caia, Johan, Landri, Molly, Quentin Charles, and Charlotte.
A celebration of thanksgiving to God for Charles’ life will be held on Saturday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Burial will follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park in Woodrow (15602 Loop 493). A time of visitation will be held with the family today October 5th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., also at the Chapel (6025 82nd). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Life Children’s Home (www.nlai.org).
For I know the one in whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 2 Timothy 1:12