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Dea. Leonard Lamar Fulmore, 72, of Albany, Georgia departed this life Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be attended by ONLY immediate family on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Floral Memory Gardens in Albany, Georgia. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leonard woke to eternal glory March 25, 2020. He did not complain nor tell his family that he had to leave. For years, he had given thanks to God for the circle of a daughter, two sisters, and a nephew -brother forming the last chain to a dwindling generation. He knew that he could not turn back the hands of time and restore the life of parents and six siblings, who had taken the eternal journey before him, but he also looked forward to meeting them, resting in the everlasting arms of his Savior. No one enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners for the family more than Leonard. We still hear that familiar voice calling each of us and saying, “Come and get your dinner Sunday,” or “Betty, call everybody and tell them to come get their dinner.” He enjoyed the role of father, brother, uncle, and family cook. Although we didn’t always believe him, he would make sure to remind us that Mama had told him to keep the family together. His Sunday dinners were a way to stay connected and keep the promise he made to Mama. There was one thing he was proud of saying to which the entire family agreed and knew it was a fact: Mama made sure her children knew the Lord. God and church were not a choice; they were a requirement. As a result, Leonard confessed Christ at 12 and became a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Sylvester, Georgia. After moving to Albany, Georgia, he would become a member of Cutliff Grove Baptist Church. Some years later, God would use Leonard and a band of believers to start True Fellowship Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the Deacon Board. He would remain a member for over 35 years until illness prevented his service. Sickness ravaged Leonard’s body and took his strength the last couple of years, but he still listened to his gospel music, prayed every day, tried to cook for his family, and would fill his table in the dining room with cookies, candies, chips, and pies for the family to take with them when they left. Although walking had become challenging, he would sneak to Family Dollar down the road from his house and would buy the spread that waited for everyone who had come to his house for dinner. Even when told to save his money, he did not listen. Sometimes, he would embellish and say Jeanita got all the good stuff. He constantly shared from his bounty. His favorite quote was “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, I will gladly give.” Leonard constantly bragged to others that “We, as a family, always stick together.” He was absolutely right. More importantly, he told his sisters, daughter, and nephew -brother how blessed and thankful he was to have family to come see about him. Of course, he still stubbornly controlled what was done, and family had to abide by his requirements for changing anything in the house. He had an impeccable mind and remembered everything and everybody. At many Sunday gatherings, we discussed how God’s favor had poured countless blessings on us. Leonard would testify that he had gone from being a common farm worker to becoming a college graduate, the first in the family. However, his road to success was constructed through working hard every day at a service station after driving back to Albany from J.W. Holley High School in Sylvester, Georgia. He never missed a day of school. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Albany State College. While attending Albany State College, he secured a job as a postal worker at night. Despite the rigor of working full time and going to school, he graduated in 1971 with a B.S. degree. This achievement was followed by being employed as an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Inspector with the United States Treasury Department. Upon retiring from the Treasury Department, Leonard worked for the Sheriff’s Department, but he was still not finished with his work experiences. He left this job and began working with the Dougherty County School System as a Family Service Coordinator in the Exceptional Students Program, where he was employed for over 10 years. Leonard believed that life began and ended with family. His life flourished being surrounded with six sisters and two brothers, but six siblings preceded him in death. He leaves to grieve his passing a daughter, Jeanita Dainore Fulmore (Albany, Ga.); two sisters: Betty Lewis (Albany, Ga.), and Anita (Narvin) Tunstall (Albany, Ga.); a nephew - brother, Waymond (Vera) Jefferson, (Albany, Ga.); thirty -two nieces and nephews, over 60 great and great -great nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and acquaintances. Leonard would say, “Remember the best times we shared when I was healthy and strong, but the time came when I could not make it on my own. So God whispered, ‘Come on home.’”

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  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Monday, March 30, 2020
    Rest In Peace Mr. Fulmore!!! You were such an awesome friend to our family!!! Your presence will be missed.
    ~ Valerie Gammage-Mathis   Albany, GA
  • Monday, March 30, 2020
    Rest In Peace Mr. Fulmore!!! You were such an awesome friend to our family!!! Your presence will be missed.
    ~ Valerie Gammage-Mathis   Albany, GA
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    Mr Fulmore you will be truly missed from your friends Cynthia Hartage , Freddie Tolson, Kelly and Charlie Barner RIP
    ~ cynthia hartage   albany, GA
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020
    My deepest condolences to the family.
    ~ Derrell Johnson   Edison, GA
  • Friday, April 3, 2020
    Sharing in your grief. J. W. Holley High Class of 1967 Classmate F. Austin
  • Friday, April 3, 2020
    May GOD Bless the family. Be Blessed w/love Mickey & Rosemary
    ~ James Thompkins   Columbus, GA
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    My heart is saddened, but “Mamma Fulmore”and Sarah are waiting for you!!! You are in good hands...God has you!!! “Mamma Lev” (LeAnder) and “Doc” (Maurice, Sr.) all know that it’s better on the other side!! You are in good hands! Leonard was a good servant without question...much RESPECT, ALWAYS!!! Alpha, Pamela, Tommy SR, Tommy JR, William SR, and Maurice II
    ~ Alpha Leveston-Crawford   Macon, GA
  • Friday, April 3, 2020
    Sincere condolences from Mother Parker & family. We have known & fellowshipped with Leonard for many years. God be with you. Love & prayers
    ~ Deaconess Ophelia Parker   Sumner, GA
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    My Condolences to the Fulmore Family - May God Bless and Keep You
    ~ Nancy Wright   Albany, GA
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    My heart is saddened, but “Mamma Fulmore”and Sarah are waiting for you!!! You are in good hands...God has you!!! “Mamma Lev” (LeAnder) and “Doc” (Maurice, Sr.) all know that it’s better on the other side!! You are in good hands! Leonard was a good servant without question...much RESPECT, ALWAYS!!! Alpha, Pamela, Tommy SR, Tommy JR, William SR, and Maurice II
    ~ Alpha Leveston-Crawford   Macon, GA
  • Friday, March 27, 2020
    We offer our condolences to all family members for the loss of your precious family member especially in these times of distancing. You all will be in our prayers today and the days ahead.
    ~ Lisa and Rocky Etehridge   ALbany, GA
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    Leonard was an intelligent man who impacted many lives! He gave me some great advice and I will never forget him! My condolences to the family and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ S. Cook   GA