OBITUARY

Earl Gene Tully

June 2, 1941August 25, 2020
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EARL GENE TULLY, 79, of Cross Lanes, W.Va., passed away August 25, 2020. He was born, June 2, 1941, the son of William and Mozelle (Kelso) Tully. He was proceeded in death by his sister, Pam (Tully) Frye. Left to cherish his memories: His loving wife of 36 years, Kathryn (Pennington) Tully. Son, Philip Tully, of Charleston; Daughters, Amy (Tully) Warren, of Oak Island, NC and Cyndi (Tully) Glenn, of Southport, NC; and three step-daughters: Lory Lyles, of Charleston, Dawn Elgin, of Lawerenceville, GA, and Cammy Caruthers, of St. Albans. 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Brother, William (Bill) Tully, of Moorefield, WV. His family & friends will deeply miss him. Earl graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and Morris Harvey College (UC), where he received his Master's Degree. He retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education, as the Vice-Principal of South Charleston Jr. High and lastly Nitro High School. He took on a part-time postition at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. Everyone that met Earl loved him. His students loved him, although I hear that he had a mean right-hand with a paddle. Visitors that came to the funeral home always asked, "Where's Earl?". He had a great sense of humor and loved to make you laugh. Funeral service will be 1 pm, Saturday, August 29, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Bishop Gordon D. Ford, Sr. officiating. Visitation will be from 11 am until the time of service. Please wear MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCING is required!!! E.T. GONE HOME

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

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Rich Brown

September 12, 2020

To the wonderful family of this wonderful man:
You don't know me, but about four decades ago, in the 1970s, I was a student at South Charleston Junior High School. I was in several of Earl Tully's classes (I hope you'll understand if I call him Mr. Tully, because that's how I knew him, and calling him by his first name seems disrespectful).

Any time someone asks me who the most influential teacher was in my life, it is always Mr. Tully. He made me interested in history, but more than that.....at lunch almost every day, he took time to talk to me. This was a period of time when I was bullied, at school and living with an alcoholic dad at home. So the fact that Mr. Tully made time for me meant so much....and I truly believe it gave a boost to my self esteem that was necessary for me to continue on.

Today I work as the director of a men's residential recovery facility (for men with drug or alcohol addictions). And I know that a part of anything I've become, I owe to Mr. Tully God bless him and his loved ones.

Sydney Collier

September 10, 2020

Cross Lanes Nautilus staff and members will greatly miss his smile and friendly personality at our gym. Sending prayers to his family and friends.

James Jones

August 31, 2020

My sincerest condolences. I remember working for Mr. Tully as a student aide in the office back during my time at Nitro High School and he was always the epitome of a 'tough but fair' administrator who always listened to both sides of the story and didn't simply assume guilt because "x person or teacher" said so. Watching him resolve those situations truly did help shape my view of how deal with interpersonal problems or arguments. He will be missed.

Loretta Watson

August 31, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss! I worked with Mr. Tully.He was a wonderful man who was funny with a big heart and a wonderful smile. I have many great memories of him helping kids and trying to help us he will be missed. Rest In Peace

Mark Adkins

August 31, 2020

Mr Tully, was a wonderful man. Great teacher and mentor. I spent more time in his office than I care to mention, but he was always fair with me. He coached me in cross country (said that the solitude of running would help me with my angst) he was right as usual. Always quick with a joke and just a genuine man who cared about his students. You were one of a kind E.T. and you will be missed. Godspeed sir.

Virginia Hawes Gallien

August 29, 2020

I am friends with Amy and had the privilege of meeting Mr. Tully when he came by our place of work for a visit.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Jane Bass

August 29, 2020

I didn’t have the honor of meeting you in person ,sir,but, I know you were a kind and loving Father. It is my honor to be friends with your daughter Cyndi. Each time she speaks of you it is with a deep respect and love that comes from being a daughter cherished by a wonderful Daddy. Rest in peace in the arms of God sir. Your legacy is the love you gave your family 🌺

Renee Larabee

August 28, 2020

I’m heartbroken. This man helped me get my first career job straight out of high school with AT&T. My senior year of high school I was Mr. Tully’s office help. I helped to the point that when they changed our system mid year before I could leave I had to teach Mr. Tully all the things I had been just taking care of and doing for him. What a great man. He will be missed. RIP Mr. Tully 💔

Liza Plantz (king)

August 28, 2020

Mr. Tully was my vice principal at both SCJH and NHS. He was always friendly, kind, compassionate and fair. An all around wonderful person who will be missed by so many.

Sherry Shanahan

August 28, 2020

He was my vice principal durning the mid 1980’s. He was kind , fair but willing to make sure you knew how bad you messed up!!! He had a wicked sense of humor and a contagious smile.

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