Albert Joe Fulton
November 17, 1925 – May 15, 2018
“Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Your cross I cling.”
Born in Blackwell, Oklahoma on November 17, 1925. Al went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Nellie Fulton, brothers Carl and Wayne Fulton, sisters Bonnie Trinque, and Margaret Ratcliff, by his first wife, Lyndene Bradley, and by his son, Gary. He is survived by his wife Mary of the home. He is also survived by his son David and his wife Jeanne, of El Cajon, CA., and daughter Terri Bershaw, of San Diego, CA.; grandchildren Howard Draper, Matt Bershaw, Rachel Roberts, Staff Sergeant Brian Fulton, Alex Fulton, Jessica Johnson and husband Jared.; great grandchildren Samantha and Benjamin Johnson.
After retirement in 1984, Al lived in Poway, CA until 1992 when he and his wife Lyndene moved back to the place of their roots, Oklahoma. Lyndene passed away in 1998. But God in His providence, brought Mary Hyatt into his life by way of the Adult Sunday School class that Al taught at Henderson Hills Baptist Church and where Mary and her husband J.T. Hyatt had also been members. J.T. had passed away in 1995. Over the next several months after Lyndene’s death, friendship grew into romance and Mary and Al were married in 1999.
As a result of his marriage to Mary Hyatt, Al inherited her wonderful children; son, Michael Hyatt of Oklahoma City, daughter, Mary Jo Pratz of Moreland, OK, and a large additional ready-made family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
Al came to know Christ as Savior and was baptized at the age of 18 at the First Baptist Church of Compton, CA. After graduation from High School in Compton, Al served in the U.S. Navy during WW II until May of 1946. He then attended the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and Linda Vista Baptist Bible College (which later became Southern California Seminary) where he graduated in 1950.
A “groceryman” by trade, Al worked part-time in various stores while in school and managed a local chain store after graduation. He joined Safeway Stores in San Diego in 1955 as a food clerk. During his career at Safeway, he held positions of store manager, employment supervisor, district manager, retail operations manager and vice-president-division manager of the Los Angeles division.
An avid golfer, Al had played golf on one hundred thirty-three different California courses, plus at least one course in each state of the Union. He had also played in Canada, Mexico, England, and Scotland. Al did volunteer work in San Diego in the ‘50s and for Provide-a-Ride in Oklahoma City for a number of years in the ‘90s. Most recently Al was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital.
In his final years, Al’s great joy was teaching the Timothy Class, a senior adult group at Quail Springs Baptist Church, where he and Mary had made many new friends after joining that warm fellowship of believers in 2002.
A Memorial service will be held Friday, May 25th at 11am at Quail Springs Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. https://omrf.org/donation-form/
- Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Quail Springs Baptist Church
14613 N May Avenue
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
NW corner of Boulevard and Danforth Road
Albert Joe Fulton
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May 24, 2018
I was honored to call him Dad and will always be grateful to have known such a kind and loving man. I will miss his great sense of humor and his genuine warmth and affection. My deepest condolences to all of his family and friends.
May 20, 2018
I will always remember Al when I work a crossword puzzle or watch golf on TV. For many years Al would complete the Daily Oklahoman crossword puzzle each day. When I came to visit he would say "Mary Jo I'm stumped on this one. I need your help!". I would sit in one recliner and he would sit in the other. He would read me the clues and, together, we could usually finish even the hardest puzzle. Al was an excellent golfer. He also enjoyed golf on TV. He usually had a favorite player that he would cheer on. These are very simple thoughts about a most accomplished man but they are the things I will miss most.