Thomas H. Fuller Sr. PORTSMOUTH - Thomas H. Fuller Sr. passed on June 10, 2011 at the age of 91. In June 2010, he moved from his residence to an assisted living facility, under strong, strident and consistent protest. Mr. Fuller was born in Denver, Colo., June 13, 1919 and at the age of 4, he and his twin brother, Edgar A. Fuller Jr., moved with their parents to Santa Monica, Calif. Mr. Fuller was a graduate of UCLA and a founding member of Muscle Beach on the Santa Monica shore. He and his twin brother worked out each morning on the beach and soon became known as "The Muscle Twins," and as friends started to join them for their morning workouts, local residents dubbed the area "Muscle Beach." Mr. Fuller was a World War II veteran. As a member of Gen. Patton's Third Army, he was in a number of battles now distinguished in history. Returning stateside, he married Betty Mae Brown, a Navy lieutenant of San Francisco, Calif. In 1953, he moved his family to Portsmouth to manage the Skippy plant located at Confederate and High streets. He was active in the Portsmouth PTA, Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scouts. He was predeceased by his wife of 28 years, Betty Brown Fuller. Survivors include their four children, Mrs. Rosemary Fuller Ringer (Wayne) of Norfolk, Dr. Thomas H. Fuller Jr. (Sue) of Elsah, Ill., Mr. Richard B. Fuller (Margie) of Pickens, S.C., and Dr. Edward E. Fuller Sr. (Kathy) of Raleigh. He is also survived by his twin brother, Edgar A. Fuller Jr. of Rolling Hill Estates, Calif. Tom Fuller is also survived by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service, with military honors, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, June 20, at Monumental Methodist Church, Portsmouth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Portsmouth Humane Society, 2704 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23704.
Published in The Virginian-Pilot from Jun. 11 to Jun. 18, 2011.