August 4, 2021

Georgia State Troopers pay respects to local businessman

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(Franklin, GA) — A contingent of Georgia State Troopers came together on Sunday, February 21 to honor a respected local businessman who passed away recently.

Mr. James R. “Jim” Fuller passed away on February 18. He was 82 years old. Jim and his son Terry purchased Westside Tire and Alignment on Franklin Highway, Newnan in 1987 and for many years the shop has worked on GSP vehicles.

Jim was known as a man of honesty, faith, and integrity in all aspects of his life but especially in regards his family run automotive business.

While a member of the Atlanta Fire Department in the mid 1960’s, he began working part-time for the Goodyear, and this would eventually lead to a full-time job with the company in which he would find great advancement and satisfaction.

Jim met the love of his life, Patsy, in 1960 and they were soon married. As he moved into management with Goodyear, he enjoyed the benefits that came with that success as he and Patsy took advantage of the travel opportunities he was awarded for his diligent work ethic.

Jim was known as a conversationalist who actually loved paperwork. The more forms, the more he liked it. Most importantly, he led by example as a hardworking, honest businessman whose trust was never an issue.

The bedrock of Jim’s life was his unwavering faith in the God of creation. He was a deacon, church leader and Church Elder since 1972. He loved his New Springs Church family and was always in attendance until his last illness. Even then, he was there in spirit and prayer.

He found great joy in the family land he purchased when he moved his family to Heard County in 1972 where he had spent his early years growing up. Jim instilled in his children and grandchildren that reverence for the land and what it could produce.

His gardens were legendary, and he never missed a chance to share one of his beautiful roses with family and friends. His grandchildren spent many happy hours riding the acreage with him. Any old tractor or golf cart became his conveyance of choice.

Terry’s son and Mr. Fuller’s grandson, Trooper Anthony Fuller, graduated from the 97th Trooper School for the Georgia State Patrol and is currently assigned to the Villa Rica Post.

Trooper Fuller led the way as Jim was carried from Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin to New Springs Church Sunday for his funeral.

Anthony also served as a Pall Bearer for his grandfather along with Captain Brandon Dawson, Corporal Cody Yates, Corporal T.J. Hamilton, TFC3 George Cotton and retired Trooper Phillip Hanners.

Other Troopers on hand to lead the procession included, Lt. Lance Greene, Sgt. Butch Thornton, Sgt. Nick Moore, Sgt. Jay Trawick, Sgt. Mike  Searcy, Trooper Olen Kuhr, Trooper Zack Pruitt, Trooper Garrett Smith, Trooper Jordan Watkins, and Trooper Joel Puckett.

In addition to his wife, Patsy, Jim was also survived by Terry and his wife Jackie, his daughter Melinda Parker and her husband Michael; and grandchildren Anthony and his wife Adrienne, Makayla Fuller, Katherine Parker, and great-grandchildren Gracie Fuller and Ada Jean Fuller.

Jim was laid to rest at the News Springs Methodist Church Cemetery in the Simpson community of Heard County.

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