Bernard L. ‘Bernie’ Fulton, Sr., age 87, passed away peacefully Monday evening, March 16, 2020 at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was a 47-year resident of Morgantown.
Bernie was born October 15, 1932 in Mansfield, Ohio, to the late Lawrence and Mable (Snavly) Fulton. He served as a Sergeant with the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. While in the service, Bernie worked as a meat cutter and cook. Bernie married his loving wife of 57 years, Deanna J. (McRoy) Fulton on June 28, 1957 in Indianapolis. She preceded him in death on June 14, 2015.
Bernie was also preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Shelton, Norma Jean McPeak, Leona Mae Robinson and Nancy Lee Crafton; and a great grandson, Lucas Kean.
He is survived by his children, Joyce L. (John) Matthews of Franklin, Bernard L. Fulton Jr. of Morgantown, Deana Elaine (Bryan) Hatfield of Franklin, RaJean K. Vehling of Martinsville and LaDonna M. (Darrel) Rivenbark of Visalia, CA; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
At age 16, Bernie learned to cut meat and went on to work for Stump Brothers in Indianapolis. After being drafted and serving his country, Bernie went home to work on the family farm in Belleville, OH. He and his wife moved to Indiana and Bernie worked as a meat cutter for IGA in Southport. He went on to own and operate the Plainfield Locker and the Edinburgh Custom Pack Meat Shops during the 1970’s and 80’s. In 1984, Bernie and his wife, opened Fulton’s Family Kitchen in Morgantown. They also owned Bernie’s BBQ Catering and Bernie’s BBQ Restaurant from 2009-2014. Bernie also processed deer meat at his home for many years.
Bernie was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Morgantown and the Morgan County Pork Producers for over 30 years. He was responsible for preparing and cooking the meat for the Annual Ox Roast at Sweetwater Lakes for more than 30 years. He enjoyed traveling all over the world with his wife, Deanna and their children. Bernie also enjoyed riding horses and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Due to the COVID-19, the family will have a public graveside service conducted by Rev. Andy Haynes on Friday at 4 p.m. at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown with Military Rites presented by the Martinsville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guards. The family will hold a memorial visitation for family and friends at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Condolences may be made to the Fulton family at www.meredith-clark.com.
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