Citizens, Local Veterans Welcome Corporal Fuller Home
Fuller’s remains arrived in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport early Thursday morning to a hero’s welcome in downtown Toccoa Thursday morning.
After a military ceremony at the airport, Fuller’s remains were escorted to Toccoa by members of law enforcement from Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham, and Stephens Counties, along with members of the Patriot Guard.
Dozens of well-wishers and citizens, many military veterans, lined downtown Doyle St. Waving flags as the procession passed.
A handful of military veterans were waiting patiently for Fuller’s return. Most said they came out to pay their respects.
“I’m a retired veteran. I came down here to represent him because he served for us, and now it’s our turn to pay him back,” said David Warren.
“I’m a Vietnam vet, but all of us wanted to be here today, VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, to welcome a fellow veteran home from the War,” said Dave Cornelius.
Herbert Hood served in South Korea in ’62, ’63, and ’67.
“To be here today to welcome Fuller home is awesome,” he said. “Very awesome.”
Further up Doyle St. a group of Korean War veterans were seated under a canopy waiting. All said it was important for them to be there for Fullers return.
Ralph Tolliver is from GAinesville who came to Toccoa just to welcome him home. Tolliver served int he Korean War in 1952.
“It’s a sad occasion,” he said. “I didn’t know Mr. Fuller at all. I just wanted to make sure he understood that we are proud of him.”
Roger Dulaney was in Korea from 1950 to 1952.
“Very very emotional,” he said. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything even though I’m all crippled up from an car wreck Monday.”
The family will have a Public visitation Friday, at Acree-Davis Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
A Private Service will be held Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. from the graveside at Stephens Memorial Gardens with Full Military Honors executed by the U.S. Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Local Korean War veterans have been asked to serve as Honorary Escorts and should assemble at the graveside by 10:30a Saturday morning.
Corporal Fuller will be laid to rest on what would have been his 88th birthday.
You can leave condolences to the family online att www.acree-davisfh.com.