FULFORD, Clarence J., age 84, LTC US Army (Ret.), of Tampa passed away on Friday, May 24th, 2013. He lived a full life that revolved around his faith, family, and service to his country. As a kid called Buddy, he had a dog named Bingo and an alligator named Oscar. Buddy rode a bull in a rodeo and attended Hillsborough High. Joining the Merchant Marines at 15, he was just in time to shiver off the shores of Leyte, Philippines in 1944. Following a stint in the Marine Corps, Buddy joined the Army and found a 28 year career where he picked up the moniker, Sandy. He was Sandy when he met and married the woman he loved. Sandy was Airborne, Special Forces, and fought in WW II, Korea and Viet Nam. To his four children he was Dad, and to his children's friends he was "The Colonel." The Colonel offered friendly advice to friends and resolute direction to his kids. He wasn't always right, but he was always sure. He liked to say, "I fought in three wars so you can do what you think is right," but it was certainly easier if you agreed with him. To his grandchildren and great-grandchild his name was Big-Dad. Big-Dad was the go-to guy when you needed an opinion or got in trouble with your parents. Biggie was a ready source for long stories of marginal veracity, a swift kick, or a big hug. Most of all he was a man loved by his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jo Fulford; his daughter, Lynn Honeycutt and her husband, Randy; his daughter, Vickie Arnold and her husband, Robin; his son, Jack Fulford and his wife, Sherry; his daughter, Kris Freeze and her husband, Greg; his sister, Gale Whitaker and her husband, Glen; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. A service with military honors is scheduled for July 19, 2013 at 10:30 am at the Florida National Cemetery located in Bushnell, FL. A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 pm, Friday, 19 July at Gibsonton First Baptist Church, 9912 Indiana St., Gibsonton, FL. Donations to the Wounded Warrior charity at "support.woundedwarriorproject.org" are requested in lieu of flowers.
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Published in TBO.com on July 14, 2013