David Fulton Fondren, Jr.
David Fulton Fondren, Jr., known affectionately as "Tootie" , was born on August 16, 1936, in Jackson, MS to David Fulton Fondren, Sr. and Ruby Mae Morgan and was deceased on May 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by both parents, as well as his sister, Dorothy Evelyn Fondren. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-five years, Margie Sistrunk Fondren, their daughter, Tawnya Gail Fondren, grandchildren, Benjamin Louis Fondren -Alexander and Lauren Rachel Fondren-Alexander,both whom he adored. Additionally, he is survived by his son, David Fulton Fondren, III and his wife Vicki; grandsons, David Fulton Fondren, IV and wife Sonya, and Victor Fondren. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Fondren -Spisso and husband, David, nephew, D.J. Spisso and wife, Melinda; their children Drake, Alexis and Emerson; nephew, Michael Spisso and wife Julianne, and their children, Jude, Maria and Rose. His brothers-in-law, Rayford and Travis Sistrunk ,were like brothers to him and sisters-in-law, Delores and Amanda, were like sisters. He enjoyed the love, affection and respect of a large extended family. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, he attended Mississippi State University then joined the Jackson Police Department, rising to Detective Sergeant. He served 18 years in the Homicide Division, solving many major cases. He was a trained and highly skilled hostage negotiator. He often said he enjoyed his work so much he would have paid them to do it. After retiring from JPD in 1992, he served a few years with the Hinds County Sheriff Department. He then took a job with the Department of Corrections as an Administrative Hearing Officer, which he retired from in 1998. Tootie's passion for Crappie fishing was exceeded only by his love for preparing a great meal to compliment his fish for many friends to dine with him. The most memorable event each year was his New Years' fish fry that numbered up to 250 people. The countless hours spent fishing on the Ross Barnett Reservoir was an oasis in life for Tootie. Tootie's strength was drawn from his abiding passion for life and devotion to family. He was even- tempered, dry witted, deliberate, cheerful, charming, impeccable in his word and took pleasure in the simplest activities in life. He was loved deeply and will be missed greatly. The family sends thoughts of gratitude to the ICU Staff at St. Dominic and Select Specialty. He received superb care at both facilities. Also, a special thank you to our faithful friends and family for the countless visits and, especially, to brother-in-law, Rayford Sistrunk ,who only missed two days of visits during Tootie's 10.5 week hospital stay. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Published in Clarion Ledger on June 13, 2014
Sebrell Funeral Home
425 Northpark Drive Ridgeland, MS 39157