FULKS, CHARLES DONALD "DON," and "PAPA DON," died in Palliative Care at Baptist East Hospital on the morning of April 9, 2013 with his family remaining at his bedside for the whole of his last week.
Don was a beautiful man who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but lived his early childhood on the Eastern Kentucky hillsides of Campton, Kentucky - a place he often and fondly spoke of until the very end of his life and from which, most likely, sprang his life-long love of poetry. He attended high school and lived his early adult life in New Albany, IN.
He attended Indiana University and the University of Louisville, receiving, in 1967, a Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law. He was very proud of the fact that, in his first year of Law School, he and his debating partner won the Moot Court Case Competition. He worked full time as a Rate Clerk at the Monon Railroad while, for five years, he attended the Law School Night Division.
After graduating Law School, he worked in the Legal Department of the Corps of Engineers. For the rest of his career, he worked as a Senior Real Estate Specialist in the Acquisitions Department of the United States Postal Service in addition to a small private practice.
At First Unitarian Church, Don served on the Ministereal Advisory Committee to the Reverand Robert Reed; served on the Board of the Old Louisville Community Action Commission; and as Treasurer of the founding group of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Development Corporation.
Don was admired by all who knew him.
His second greatest passion in life was for the game of golf; it was only exceeded by the love for his family who revered him. His wife of many years surviving him, is Wanda Fulks who treasured him and who was his sole caregiver for the past thirteen years.
Don was proud Father to Julie Lee Fulks Klein (Steven) and Charles D. Fulks II (Terry Burton) and proud Step Father to Kelly Flowers (Michele Lansing) and Perry Flowers (Donna). His cherished grandchildren are Scott, Christopher, Anthony, and Kyle Flowers; Lilly and Charles D. Fulks III; and Clara Marie Klein.
He was the oldest of the six children of Charles J. and Myrtle Fulks. His beloved sisters and brothers surviving him are Stella Lowman, Rosaline Maymon (Jake), Charlene Harrison (James), Robert Fulks and Jack Fulks.
Don's family wants to express their deepest gratitude for the loving care and solace his doctor, Lisa Scott M.D., and her staff accorded him during their professional service to him.
The inurnment of Don's final remains will be attended by his family in the Memorial Garden at The First Unitarian Church in Louisville. The Celebration of His Life Story will be at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church April 27th at 3 p.m. Persons wishing to speak at the Service should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Childrens Department of Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church or to Kosair Childrens Hospital in lieu of flowers please.
Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Apr. 12 to Apr. 25, 2013