Originally created 12/21/03

Mr. James Cullum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. James Curtis Cullum died at his home on December 19, 2003. He was pre- deceased by his oldest daughter, Lillian " Love" Cullum and his sister Helen Cullum Owings. Survivors include his wife, Lillian Love Cullum; daughters, Katherine Anne Cullum of Augusta and Natalie Cullum Garzilli and her husband Tom of Atlanta; sons, Christopher Albert Cullum and James Curtis Cullum, Jr., both of Augusta. Additional survivors are seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Cullum was born in Batesburg, South Carolina and is the son of Lorenzo Curtis and Helen Collieflower Cullum. He graduated from Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina, and studied at the Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina. While a sophomore at the Citadel, he joined the United States Army and served in the 302 Infantry Division, Company C, in the European Theater during World War II under the command of General George Patton. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, march on France, and acted as an interpreter for Displaced Persons in Chekoslovakia. After the war, he attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he graduated with a degree in Arts and Business Administration. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In 1949, Mr. Cullum joined Henry C. Cullum in business, later becoming President of Cullum's, Inc., which included six retail stores in Augusta and Aiken. During these years, he was an advocate for the progress of Augusta, serving in many capacities. He was a Master Furrier and opened his own fur business, known as Cullum Furs, which was affiliated with Robert Sidney Furs of New York. Mr. Cullum retired from business in 1998. Mr. Cullum was a man of many facets - a soldier, a patriot, a civic leader, husband and father, businessman, poet, cartoonist, and above all, an honorable gentleman. His civic leadership activities included two terms as President of the Augusta Merchant's Association, two terms as President and fifteen years on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Co-Founder of Master's Week of Augusta for three terms, forerunner and one term President of the Human Relations Commmittee, two terms as Director of the Better Business Bureau, and one term as President of the Metropolitan Augusta Foundation. He also served as Director, Fund Chairman and President of the United Way, and Director of the Downtown Development Committee, two terms as Director of University Hospital Authority, two terms as President of the Boy Scouts of America, and two terms as Chairman of the Boy Scouts of Georgia/Carolina District, and remains on that Board. He served two terms as Director of Augusta College Foundation, two terms as President of Lynndale School and Training Center and remains on that Board, past Director of the Pinnacle Club remaining on that Board, and Director of the Georgia Railroad Bank, now Wachovi a Bank, until retirement. Mr. Cullum was founding member of Forest Hill's Racquet Club, and the Summerville Neighborhood Association. He was a member of the Augusta Country Club, Pinnacle Club and the Hertiage Club. Mr. Cullum received the "Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award" given by the State of Israel in 1977, in recognition of outstanding community dedication and involvement and humanitarian efforts. November 27th, 1977 was proclaimed "James C. Cullum" day by past Mayor Lewis A. Newman, in recognition of his honor. He was also awarded the "Young Man of the Year" by the Augusta Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1959. A vigil service will be (today) Sunday, December 21, 2003 beginning at 4 p.m. and the family will receive friends until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral Mass will be Monday, December 22, 2003 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary on-the-Hill Catholic Church with Rev. Gerald Ragan celebrant. Interment will be in Westover Memorial Park. Me morials may be made to Catholic Social Services, P.O. Box 2823, Augusta, Ga. 30904. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Road, Augusta. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle December 21, 2003