Elva Fulmer Lee

March 16, 1927November 22, 2021

COLUMBIA - A worship service celebrating the life of Elva Fulmer Lee will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021 at First Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina in Boyce Chapel. Elva entered the presence of the Lord on November 22, 2021 and Heaven is now her eternal home. Elva was born on March 16, 1927 and is the daughter of the late George and Pearl Fulmer. She is also preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Richard Mendel Lee; her granddaughter LeeBeth Young; and her twin sister Erma Fulmer Sims. Elva is survived by two loving daughters, Laurie Lee Parrish and Lisa Lee Young; and sons-in-love Oscar Smith Parrish and Edwin Barry Young. Elva loved her family deeply and found so much joy in seeing her children and grandchildren grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ and be involved in church, the Bride of Christ. She is survived by her grandchildren Stephen Smith Parrish (Katherine), Nathan Lee Parrish (Katie), Edwin Barry Young, Jr. (Jessica), Landra Young Hughes (Brad), Laurie Young Kelly (Sam); great grandchildren Kelly Katherine Parrish, Stephen Smith Parrish, Jr., James Mendel Parrish, Abigail Ann Parrish, Sterling Lee Hughes, Bradford Jackson Hughes, Thunder James Kelly, and Dodge Samuel Kelly. She is also survived by two sisters, Virginia Fulmer Floyd and Dorothy Fulmer Kerscher, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Elva gave her life to Christ and actively served the Lord in her church. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


2 December

Celebration of Life Service

11:00 am

First Baptist Church, Columbia

Boyce Chapel

1306 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201


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Jane Burrus

December 2, 2021

Laurie and Lisa,
A wonderful celebration of life service for Mrs. Elva. I feel like I have lost a second mother, but only for a short time! Loved her dearly!
Jane Burrus

Eugenia Matthews

November 29, 2021

Mrs. Lee was the epitome of a Christian lady, as kind as anyone ever, generous, and a wonderful wife and mother.

Karen LeGrande

November 28, 2021

A friend and I visited Elva last summer. I gave her an afghan that I made. She loved it! She thanked me profusely. She kept hugging it and me over and over. We had a good time visiting that afternoon!

Stephen Parrish

November 27, 2021

Grandmama was the best! I have many memories for a lifetime. One in particular is how “prepared” she always was. (This may have been the influence of Papa) She kept about six umbrellas and ponchos in her car at all times. She had rain barrels to help water her garden, and she used to keep a closet full of toothbrushes for when we would come over. Every time I spent the night over there I got to pick out a new toothbrush! We spent many days on their screened in porch and would swing on the green porch swing. That swing now hangs on my front porch and my kids enjoy it 30+ years later. I am very thankful for a Christ centered legacy that has influenced four generations.

Rhea and Bobbie Bickley

November 23, 2021

My heart is broken, but I am happy for Elva. She is with her Savior, her beloved Mendel, her parents, her grandchild, LeeBeth, and her sister, as well as many others she loved.
Im thankful for having met her 30 yrs ago in choir at FBC and the many yrs of fun and fellowship that we shared- making custom window treatments and anything you could make on a sewing machine! She taught me so much about so many things. She was the one that pulled me aside one day and told me the Lord had shown her what my spiritual gifts were - and to always pay attention to The Holy Spirit’s leading in those areas. We attended many Bible Studies together and I loved chauffeuring her around to many places. Elva was FUN!
Laurie, Lisa and family, our hearts and prayers are with you as they have been for a very long time. Praying for God’s presence and peace that passes all understanding. Keep trusting in that Firm Foundation! We love you all.
This photo was about 20 yrs ago. We were together, at her house on Arrowwood, cooking for a surprise party for a special friend. I’ll always remember that day. We laughed sooo much and just had the best time together. Yes. Elva was FUN!

Kathy Smith

November 23, 2021

My heart is heavy for the loss of dear Elva. She was not just a special friend, and neighbor for 16yrs, but I claimed her as my 2nd mom. She lived her life for Jesus every day and that is what drew me so close to her. She was dearly missed when she could no longer live in her home and will be missed now, but I rejoice with her homecoming to be with Jesus that she often told me, “I am ready to be with my Lord.”and see him face to face. I pray God’s comfort and strength in the days to come for Laurie, Lisa and the rest of the family.
In Christ Alone,
Kathy and Barry Smith