Charlie Robertson remembers Claude L. Fuller's devotion to his family.
"I think he was one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever met in my lifetime," said Mr. Robertson, who grew up with Mr. Fuller, a former Columbia County school board member. "He was certainly a good father to his two sons as well as a good husband to his wife," he said.
Mr. Fuller, 84, of Evans, died Monday at his residence. The funeral was Wednesday at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez. Burial followed in Westover Memorial Park.
His interest in community service - such as his years on the Board of Education - was just a natural outlet for the concern he had for the well-being of his family, Mr. Robertson said.
Former Columbia County school superintendent Don Thornhill agrees.
"I knew him even after his service on the board because he was always a big supporter of the school system," Mr. Thornhill said.
"In all the dealings I had with him, he was a very dedicated individual to the school system, an honorable, just and fair man. He always seemed to weigh all the issues and look at them from varying points of view. And once he made up his mind as to what position to take on an issue, he maintained it."
Mr. Fuller, a retired contractor, was a native of Appling. He was also a member of Abilene Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was on the Building Committee.
He was also a member of the Columbia County Selective Service Board and commander of American Legion Post No. 192, and he served as the first secretary of the Woodmen of the World.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in Europe, where he received numerous medals for distinguished service, including the Bronze Star.
Mr. Robertson said he will remember Mr. Fuller most for his sense of humor.
"He could always look on the bright side of whatever situation you were involved in. This is a guy you could depend on. If you needed someone to help you, he was always there. He was a joy to know."
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