Mr. Fullington affectionately known by his friends as “Big Jim” was born on March 5, 1931, in Birmingham, Alabama and passed away on Feb. 7, 2022, in Auburn, surrounded by loving family. Those who remain to embrace the memories of his life are his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Williams Fullington, daughter Shannon Fullington Holmes (Gerry), son James Wofford Fullington, Jr. (Rebecca), son William Todd Fullington (Harriet), son David Blair Fullington (Leigh), daughter Margaret Leigh Fullington, 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Those that have preceded him in death are his parents, Norma McCollum Fullington and William Joseph Fullington, his brother “Billy” Fullington, and sisters Mary Frances Bush and Josephine Simpson.
Mr. Fullington played football for Auburn University and was a member of Shug Jordan’s first football team. He graduated from Auburn University in 1954 and entered the US Air Force where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was honorably discharged in 1956. Following his service, he was employed as a salesman by McNeil Laboratories after which he embarked upon an entrepreneurial career where he founded a country club and started a successful independent oil company. After his retirement he remained active with real estate development projects. Mr. Fullington was a huge Auburn supporter and enjoyed golf, fishing, and outdoor activities. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
A memorial service for James Wofford Fullington, Sr. was held on Feb. 11, 2022, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Auburn United Methodist Church. He was interred at Auburn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Lee County Humane Society either in person or at leecountyhumane.org or St. Jude Children’s Hospital at stjude.org.