Fulton, Raleigh V.


July 15, 1869 - September 21, 1955
A good man has died and a noble life has come to an end. Rev. Raleigh V. Fulton was born in the Davis Springs community in Natchitoches Parish on July 15, 1869. He was the eldest son of Rev. Jesse Fulton and Lucy Ann Hammett Fulton who were pioneer stock of this part of Louisiana. He was the product of a parsonage home and early in life turned his whole self over to God and His Kingdom. His life touched many people and influenced them in the Christian way of living. He was a family man in the highest sense of the word. The children who grew up in the home are consecrated and loyal members of The Methodist Church, the church which he loved with a passion.
He was married the first time on July 25, 1897, to Miss Lillie C. Boyd. To that happy union were born three children who survive: Mrs. S. E. Richardson of Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. R. A. Boone of Woodworth, Louisiana, and Rev. R. V. Fulton, Jr., of Pineville, Louisiana. He also has ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who brought him much pleasure in his old age. He was devoted to all of them.
Brother Fulton was a local preacher for some years before he joined the Conference in 1909 at its session in Alexandria. He was ordained a Deacon at the Conference session at Crowley in 1913 with Bishop Warran A. Candler presiding. Two years later, at Mansfield, he was ordained an Elder with Bishop James Atkins presiding. He served the following places during the lifetime of his first wife: Denham Springs, Tickfaw, Greensburg, Zachary, Pineville, Bienville, Pine Grove, Farmerville and Calhoun.

While in Calhoun he married Mrs. Pauline Boyd Gilliland on September 2, 1923. He served Hall Summit, Harrisonberg, Clay and Choudrant charges up until the death of his second wife. A number of his step-children are occupying places of leadership In the life of the church in Louisiana today.

The writer of this Memoir was Brother Fulton’s District Superintendent during the last years of his active ministry. When we came on the District we found him at Springfield. We sent him to Lottie where he served faithfully for two years and then was sent to Greensburg. It was while serving the Greensburg charge that he married Miss Ella Wales on July 18, 1937. With tender and loving care she looked after his every need until the end of his earthly life, September 21, 1955. He is survived by his wife, a large group of relatives and friends without number.
Mere facts do not interpret a life. As we think of our departed friend and brother, It is the memory of his spirit. His attitude, his work, his true soul that tugs at our heartstrings. We knew him and loved him and labored with him—and now we have lost him for a while. No, we have not lost him; he was merely swept out into limitless reaches of the eternal, while we linger on the shores of time. We know where to look for him.
Brother Fulton was not a great preacher in the sense that he swayed tremendous multitudes. with his oratory, but he was a great preacher In the sense of his devotion and loyalty to his task and to his church. He did the best that he could to be a good minister of Jesus Christ and that was just what he was for thirty-two years.
His body was laid to rest in the old Davis Springs Cemetery among his relatives and friends of other years. The service was conducted by his long-time friend, Dr. J. Henry Bowdon of Alexandria, and Rev. A. W. Townsend, Jr., the District Superintendent of the Alexandria District.

Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 157-158, 1954 by J. Henry Bowdon.

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