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Richard Paul Fulkerson

Richard Paul Fulkerson, 79, of Commerce passed away at his residence on Saturday, March 27, 2021.  He was born in Herrin, Illinois on February 9, 1942 to Elbert Fulkerson and Emma Grace Mossberger Fulkerson.  He met and married Sharon Ann Loveless in Columbus, Ohio in 1970.

Dick retired from Texas A&M University-Commerce where he was a Professor of English. He held a Doctorate degree in English. During his tenure at Texas A&M-Commerce, he was past Co-Director of the Honors Program, Mayo Professor and Professor Emeritus.

Dick is survived by his daughter Katherine Grace Fulkerson of Commerce; daughter-in-law Valerie Sue Fulkerson Commerce; son-in-law William Williams of Commerce; grandsons Ryan Connor Fulkerson and William Patrick Fulkerson and niece Gwenna Weshinskey of Illinois.  He is also survived by special friends Jim and Claire Reynolds and Gene and Carolyn Lockhart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sharon, son Richard and all of his brothers and sisters.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Dick and Sharon Fulkerson Quasi-Endowment at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Dr. Fulkerson and his family were very special to me and we shared a great many memories together. There are way too many (hundred's) stories to share here but they are all rich and wonderful. I know that you will be missed by many. I hope all of this is grammatically correct, I can almost see the red pen coming out now! My condolences to Kathy, Valerie and the grandchildren Ryan and William. My thoughts and best wishes will be with all of you. Kurt

Kurt Umlauf Apr 16 2021 12:00 AM

Prayers for this gentleman who inspired many with his heart and mind.

Dr. Elva Resendez Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

I have know Dick for nearly two decades. He was the one who got me interested in the Mayo Scholarship Committee when he was chairing it. An outstanding racket ball player and a through gentleman. My deepest condolences to the family.

Srinivas Nippani Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

Dr. Fulkerson was my professor at A&M-Commerce. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Kristen S. Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

Valerie, I am very sorry to hear about Dr. Fulkerson's passing. During this time, my thoughts will be with you and your sons. My daughter, Meredith, played racquetball with Dr. Fulkerson and thought he was a very nice man. Please accept my condolences. Cynthia

Cynthia Rhodes Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

He taught me a lot about argument and also about how to conduct civil disagreement. A loss to all of who care about those things.

Chidsey Dickson Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM