OBITUARY

Donya Lea Fulcher

November 25, 1934May 4, 2021

Donya Fulcher, 86, passed away on May 4, 2021 in Baytown, Texas. She was born Donya Lea Harris to MC and Erma Sorrels Harris in Abbott, Arkansas on November 25, 1934. The family moved to Baytown when Donya was eight years old, and she always said that she felt that she had died and gone to Heaven when they got here. Erma and Donya located the Nazarene Church the first week they were in Baytown, and became committed members. Donya started at San Jacinto Elementary in the third grade and made life-long friendships there. She also attended Baytown Elementary, Baytown Junior High, Robert E. Lee, and was a member of the famous Lee Brigadiers and the Great Class of ’53 Lee College, and Lamar University where she graduated in 1969. She had a variety of jobs: First National Bank, Brown & Root, Humble, back to college, Humble/ Exxon, GBI, and Lee College. She loved the classroom at Lee College and enjoyed seeing former students. Donya married her high-school sweetheart, Buford Fulcher in January 1957 after he returned from serving three years in the Army. Their lives revolved around their church. Missions were their passion and they went to Trinidad, the Azores, Portugal, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Rome on Work & Witness trips. There is a church in Venezuela in Buford’s memory. Donya loved her Sunday school class and counted her fellow church members as her family. She was a long-time member of Beta Sigma Pi and cherished friendships were made in the chapters. Donya always felt that of all the blessings God gave her, the friendships down through the years were the crowning ones. She enjoyed e-mailing cousins, former pastors and friends, and hearing from them. MC and Erma died in 1989 and Buford died 2002. Donya leaves behind her “Friends of her Heart” who know who they are. A visitation will be held at Baytown First Church of the Nazarene, 2409 N. Main St. ,Baytown, TX 77520 on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, with funeral service to begin at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memories of Donya may be shared at www.navarrefuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Burial

    Monday, May 10, 2021

Memories

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Denise Villarreal

May 9, 2021

I was one of Donya's "chickadees" from along time ago. I have very fond memories of being in her Sunday school class. She used to let us have slumber parties and game nights at her and Buford's home. They were both so good to us. Donya Fulcher was truly a Woman of God and I am sure she is taking her place with our Lord right now. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15

Karen Voortmans

May 9, 2021

I was blessed to be one of Donya’s “chickadees”. She was one of the most loving & wonderful persons on earth. She will be missed; however, Heaven has truly gained an angel!

Judith Shelton

May 9, 2021

Donya was one of the sweetest person and will be missed by friends and family

JAMES ONEAL

May 8, 2021

SHE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON IN MY AND CONNIE LIFE SHE WOULD BESORELY MISS BUT WE KNOW WHERE SHE IS IN HEAVE N WITH UNCLE UNCLE BUFORD AND ALL HER LOVE ONE I WILL MISS HER CALLING ME AND SAYING LET GO RAMBLING WE LOVED HER SO MUCH WE WOULD SEE YOU AGAIN AND RAMBLE ALL OVER HEAVEN THANK YOU FOR ALL THE KINDESS YOU SHOW US LOVE CONNIE AND JAMES ONEAL

Sharon Kay Cooper

May 8, 2021

Donya was a special cousin. She helped us all to stay in touch with one another. In 2006 when my husband, Jerry, came to M.D. Anderson for treatment, she welcomed us into her home. She was so gracious to weary travelers in a time of distress. I will miss her.

Juan Arroyo

May 7, 2021

I met Mrs. Donya when I started attending Baytown 1st, she was my second sunday teacher so I became a chickadee. We become friends and she drove me around to appts I will miss my friend.

Betty Ann LeBlanc Holitzke

May 7, 2021

Donya goes back to Baytown Jr. High with me and so many fond memories of the youthful days of our lives. Then to Robert E Lee for highschool days and graduated together in 1953. I was also in Brigadiers with Donya and we marched every year and with a long season as we went to semi finals and finals with Gander football team as they were such excellent players. Just to name a few were Norman Adams, Gerald Wayne Orten, LA Bergeron, Fred Ernst etc. Of course I could go on and on. ! Such fun memories of Donya and all the fun we had in School and a favorite of mine ! I will always remember her and how kind she was always to our classmates and myself. Praying for all family and know that you all are in my prayers. 🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️

Ken Condry

May 7, 2021

I first met Donya 64 years ago when my family moved to Baytown and began attending First church of The Nazarene. I was only about ten years old but immediately liked Donya and Buford. As a teenager in the church, they took us under their wing and had us to their house for get togethers. Before I got old enough to play football they let us ride to Gander games (they always went).
Years went by and I had not seen Donya in a long time but she invited us to an anniversary celebration for the church. It was immediately like old times. We talked about the "good old days". Donya was one in a million. I had recently received a bad diagnosis and her last words to me were, I pray for you every day.

Pat Clayton Deckert

May 7, 2021

So many miles together, so many stories, so much fun with one of the most genuine persons I’ve been privileged to have in my life and a Christian who walked the walk.
To her church family, all the other friends and her "Dolly family", my sincere condolences.

Melissa (Gibson) Smith

May 6, 2021

Donya was one of my mom’s (Laura Gibson) best friends. She would always send my mom the best gifts in the mail. Whether it be for Christmas, birthdays, or just because. She was truly a giver. When my mom passed in 2017, she kind of adopted me & my sister, Eva Roberson. We kept in touch, & she started sending my sister & I gifts. She was one of the nicest ladies I’ve ever known. I see why my mom loved her so—& frankly everyone who knew her loved her. I can still hear her over the phone saying, “well, sugar , I’ll talk to ya later!❤️❤️❤️

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