Samuel F. Fullerton, Sr.

Samuel F. Fullerton Sr., 73, of Woodstock VA passed away peacefully on August 6, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family after a valiant battle with lung cancer.

Sam was born May 18, 1939 in Clifton, VA, son of Meredith Munson Fullerton Sr. and Ada Irene Ambler Fullerton.

As a child, Sam loved swimming in Clifton Creek and hanging out with friends at his grandfather’s barn.  In 1954, he met Stella Roberta Lacy at a Clifton Fire Hall dance and they were married on July 7, 1956 at the Presbyterian Church in Herndon, VA.   Together they have lived in Clifton, Manassas, Bentonville and Woodstock, VA.  Sam worked as a land surveyor and Fairfax County firefighter, and he retired from industrial pipe covering in 1985.  After 16 years of faithful service, he retired in 2001 as Vice President of Summit Roofing Contractors Inc. of Manassas, VA.

Sam enjoyed being with family especially on the annual beach trip.  He also enjoyed cattle farming, reading historical literature, going fishing and watching the NY Yankees.  His quick wit and sense of humor will long be remembered.

Sam was a dedicated Mason and a member of Manasseh Lodge #182 since October 11, 1969.   He served as Master of Unity Lodge #146 in 1994.  He is a member in perpetuity of Edinburg Lodge #135 and an honorary member of Washington Lodge #78.

Sam is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Stella, their son Samuel F. Fullerton Jr., and his wife Patricia, of Gainesville, VA, daughter, Jacqueline A. Cole and fiancé Rocky Spear of Manassas, VA, and daughter Sharon F. Flutsch and husband Juan of Clifton, VA.

Sam is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Shannon Dempsey, Erin Tracy, Samuel P. Fullerton, Alison Fullerton, Jennifer Short, Heather Higgins, Michael Cole, Andrew Cole, Joseph M. Ortiz, Tara Day, Christen Collymore, Aimee Ortiz, Dawn Champ, Alex Flutsch, Steven Flutsch and 26 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Meredith M. Fullerton Jr., James C. Fullerton, and Blanche R. Sisk.  Surviving siblings are Josephine M. Andes, Robert C. Fullerton, Shirley J. Mock and Benjamin N. Fullerton.

Services will be held Friday, August 10 at 11AM at Dellinger Funeral Home, 157 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA, with interment immediately following at Sunset View Memorial Gardens.  Pastor Freddie Helsley of St. Luke Brethren will officiate at the services.  Pallbearers will be Sam’s grandsons, Samuel P. Fullerton, Michael Cole, Andrew Cole, SGT Joseph M. Ortiz, PFC Alex Flutsch and Steven Flutsch.  The family will receive friends Thursday, August 9, 7:00-9:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Luke Brethren Church building fund, 3250 Back Road, Woodstock, VA  22664, or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street #405, Winchester, VA 22601.

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21 Condolences to Samuel F. Fullerton, Sr.

  1. Ken & Marianna Bater and family says:

    Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. While our family did not have a lot of time with your husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, we know how much he meant to your family. Hoping that the good memories and love of family will guide you through this difficult time and bring peace.

    Marianna Bater

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you so much, Your thoughtfulness and kindness is very much appreciated. Stella & Family

  2. Ronnie, Kathy VanCleve and Families says:

    “Mr. Fullerton”. That’s the name I went by for he is the Dad to my Special girlfriend from 3rd grade, Jackie. Sam and Stella are a treasure to us all. They have shown a sweet love for one another and it shows in their family tree. I would like to send our deepest sympathies to All. He will be sorely missed. Hugs, Kathy Newlin VanCleve

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you, You are so kind & thoughtful, You have been a dear friend for a long time. Love you , Stella and Family

  3. Rebecca Rose and family says:

    Uncle Sammy you are missed and loved by many! Aunt Stella and kids you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Just know that Uncle Sammy is not suffering anymore and he is in heaven with the lord and alot of other loved ones looking over you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for thinking of us during this difficult time, Your thoughts and prayers means a lot to all of us. Love Aunt Stella and Family

  4. The best father-in-law anyone could ever hope to have.

  5. Jill & Jeff Browning-Cahall says:

    Sam and Patsy and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss — too soon and too young! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Jill & Jeff Cahall

  6. Burghart & Morris family says:

    Heartfelt sympathies to your entire family. May God’s love give you comfort and peace at this time of sorrow.

  7. Francis de la Rocha says:

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Fullerton but I know how important he was to your family and how much he is missed. During these difficult days and months you can rest easy knowing he is in heaven with our Lord and pain-free.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you so much, You are so right he is in Heaven and pain free. Your prayers and kindness is appreciated. Sincerly Stella and Family

  8. Alan & Mary Spear says:

    Mary and I are neighbors of Ben in Mount Jackson. We extend our condolences to the entire family and you have been in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Spear PM Charity Chapter 61, Mystic Ct
    Alan Spear PM Charity & Relief Lodge, Mystic Ct and a member of Haymarket # 313 Virginia

  9. Barbara and Greg cook says:

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fullerton family, and especially with Stella. Although we have only been privileged to know the Fullertons for the past several years, we quickly learned of the love and faith that is shared so deeply. God bless you all. May He remain a source of strength during your time of grief and a guide as you rejoice in a life well-lived.

    With love,
    Barbara and Greg

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for the prayers and kindness you have expressed for Sam and his family. Sam has taught me how to be strong in the way he lived. I know he will always be watching over me, the children and his extended families My Love to you and Greg, Stella

  10. Mark and Diane Brown says:

    I am sure Mr. Fullerton passed into God’s hands secure in the comfort of having left behind such a wonderful legacy. We will all miss him and we know that his family is hurting but his life is to be celebrated now. All our prayers and sympathies to his wonderful family.

  11. Bobby, Janice, Sam, Robert, and Hannah says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.