LA GRANGE – On Saturday, September 7, 2013 the heavenly angels came for Karen Sue Hooten Fulcher and escorted her to her heavenly reward. Karen Sue was born October 30, 1958 in Lenoir County to Chester Randolph Hooten and Ruth Ellen Sutton Hooten. Karen Sue had a deep love for her Lord and Savior. She wanted nothing more than to be pleasing in His eyes. Her life exhibited that goal as she took every opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus. Whether through a home Bible Study, taking young people to the river for a retreat or just her everyday walk with God, His light guided her path. A people person she was, Karen Sue was very unselfish and always wanted to place others ahead of herself. She loved the farm life and everything it stood for. She enjoyed cooking, crochet, canning and bike rides down Sutton-Hooten Lane. She cherished family gatherings. Her fried chicken and chocolate turtle's were always family favorites. Karen Sue enjoyed her annual fall trip to the mountains and the Valle Crucis Craft Fair. She enjoyed watching The Andy Griffith Show, The Walton's, Little House On The Prairie and Elvis Presley movies. Karen Sue enjoyed clamming, boating and other water related activities with her husband, Barry who was from the coast. She loved Barry's family and made many special friends at the coast. Thanksgiving and Christmas were special times of the year for Karen Sue. She cherished what these two seasons meant as a Christian and as a lover of family. A dream of the family was a cabin at the river. This dream was fulfilled recently and the road leading to the cabin was named Karen Sue Lane. Karen Sue formerly worked with East Carolina Physicians and later worked with Lenoir County Public Schools in the child nutrition department. She attended Trinity Free Will Baptist Church in La Grange and on occasion would attend other local churches. Karen Sue cherished every moment with her young grandson, Chester Reid Fulcher. A service to celebrate and honor Karen Sue's life will be held Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. from Bethel Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Gerald Fowler, Pastor Wayne Brown and Pastor Chris Truett officiating. Karen Sue is survived by her husband of thirty four years, Barry R. Fulcher; son, Timothy Reid Fulcher and wife, Brooke; grandson, Chester Reid Fulcher; her parents, Chester and Ruth Ellen Sutton Hooten; three siblings, Phyllis Hooten Phillips and husband, Charles, Sandra Hooten Cromer and husband, William, Chester Bryan Hooten and wife, Amy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and John Bolger, Jennifer and John Curtin, Beverly and Dickie Styron, Keith and Teresa Fulcher; a special aunt, Blanche Whittington; her family pets, Mollie, Lassie and Dipstick; along with a number of nieces, nephews and countless special friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Karen Sue's caregivers, Shelby and Robin, for their loving and compassionate care. The family will receive friends Monday following the service to celebrate Karen Sue's life. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Memorials may be made to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, P.O. Box 556, Harkers Island, NC 28531 for a scholarship in her memory to be awarded to a deserving student to further their education. Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange. Sign the guestbook at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12, 2013