Paul Clayton Pulliam

October 12, 1967August 28, 2018

Paul Clayton Pulliam, age 50, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in Alabama on August 28, 2018. He was born in Martinsville, VA. His family moved to Richmond when Paul was eight. Paul considered Richmond home for most of his life.

He was the only child of Jude Lane (Turner), Powhatan, VA formally Collinsville, VA and the late Charles C. “Buddy” Pulliam of Eden, NC. He was the only and much beloved grandson of the late Mr. & Mrs. W. Paul Turner of Collinsville and Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Pulliam of Eden, NC.

Left to mourn his sudden passing are his beloved mother, Jude Lane, his uncle William L. Turner (Linda), cousin, Laurie M. Turner of Martinsville, VA. His half sisters, Tracy Ellis, Jennifer Thill and Ashley Pulliam, nieces Breanna and Lexie, and nephews Brandon and Skyler of Eden, NC.

Paul was a 1986 graduate of Midlothian HS where he participated in sports but specialized in socializing. After, he attended Louisburg College in NC where he made lifelong friends that he remained close with until his death.

Though Paul never had a brother, he considered his four best friends “brother by another mother”. Danny Murphy, VA, Damon Frazee, NC, Rusty Prater, AL and Rev. John Sawyer, VA. He would have gladly laid down his life for his brothers.

Paul had successful careers in restaurant management and sales. Over the most recent five years, he excelled in the Furniture industry.

Paul lived a life full of passion and adventure. He was an avid fan of all sports, especially the Alabama Crimson Tide, Miami Dolphins, UNC Basketball and Chicago Cubs. In his youth he had NBA Michael Jordan envy!

Paul’s legacy in this life was one of quick wit, kindness and generosity of spirit. He was legendary among his friends and family for keeping people in belly laughs. He never met a stranger and managed to make everyone feel special. It truly was a gift.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday September 8 at 3pm at Bon Air Baptist Church - Buford Rd Campus 2531 Buford Rd. Richmond, VA. A visitation will be held on the same day from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to, first Bridging RVA ( who provides new beds for children without a bed of their own. It was Paul’s heart & joy to be part of this every year.

American Heart Assoc., Diabetes Research Fund along with St. Jude’s are others we request.


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India Galloway Suter

September 7, 2018

So many memories - one is hard to pick! Our MHS 1986 indisputable “Class Clown.” Paul always kept us laughing. One that stands out ... sitting at the intersection of Huguenot & Robious in Warner’s “painting wagon” that had the horn lever on the steering column & you could hit it with your knee. Warner would hold his hands in the air as if there was a horn malfunction & Paul would get out of the car, walking around it as if perplexed, opening the hood, throwing his hands up while dozens of irritated drivers stared! Just hilarious!

Paige Hutts Lyon

September 3, 2018

Iam so saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I always loved Paul, as did my parents. A genuinely kind, smart, funny person. So funny. I have many memories. One of my favorites is a time Paul, another friend and I were at his house. Paul began jamming out to Billy Ocean's "Caribbean Queen", of all things, hilariously dancing and singing the entire song. It was the greatest!!
Big hugs, my friend~keep them laughing and feeling special on the other side!
Dear family, sending you so much love. It was one of the gifts from life knowing your Paul.