The graveside funeral for Preston B. Fulgham will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Memorial Garden Park Cemetery. The Revs. Prentiss Gordon and Bob Whiteside will officiate.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.Â
Mr. Fulgham, of Starkville, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. He was born November 17, 1920 in Maben, the son of Minnie Douglas and Pink Fulgham.
Mr. Fulgham was a charter member of the Sheriffâ€™s Boys Ranch and its faithful supporter, so in lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to: Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranches, P. O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703-9983.
As a member of the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he was a decorated pilot of a B-26 bomber and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.
At home, he served 21 years as a member of the Board of Supervisors of Oktibbeha County. As supervisor, he worked tirelessly to establish and build the Oktibbeha County Hospital, the Starkville and Oktibbeha County Public Library, a new court house, a county health clinic and to bring a Mississippi Highway Patrol Station to the county.
He was most proud of his efforts to establish a vocational school in Mayhew, which is now East Mississippi Community College.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Starkville, a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Association of Uniformed Services.
Mr. Fulgham is survived by his wife of 59 years, Annie Will Wright Fulgham of Starkville; his son, James Brantley (Jan Gousset) Fulgham; his grandson, Christopher Brantley Fulgham, all of Round Rock, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Julie Ann Fulgham.