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David Ivan Fuller
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  • Meals-On-Wheels of East Cooper
    PO Box 583
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

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“David was, is and will always be one-of-a-kind. I thoroughly enjoyed his talent as well as his personality. My thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Angelyn Janko - Charleston, SC

“Cathy: I"m so sorry about David. I loved him like a younger brother. He and I had the weirdest senses of humor. How David could remember all of those...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: charles wlliams - mount pleasant, SC

“One of the most all-around talented guys, and one of the nicest, I have ever known. Memories from St. Andrews, WQSN, and plenty of places around...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: David Jaffee - Charleston, SC

“Cathy, I was so sad to hear about David. He was a very special patient & friend. I know that he was at peace with what was going to happen eventually...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Arlene Oldham

“Cathy, so sorry to hear about David's passing...sending prayers to you and family. Great knowing David at Channel Four. ”
5 of 29 | Posted by: Shirley Joyner - Mt.Pleasant, SC

“I am so sorry for you and your family, Cathy. Lord know y'all have suffered along with David as he battled that damned disease which has claimed so...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: charles wlliams - mount pleasant, SC

“Kathy we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his hands around you and provide you with the...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Donna and Steve Wilson - SC

“I'm so sorry Cathy. First for Louise and now David. I remember watching him play with the ECPB down in Beaufort and out at Patriots Point. He was...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Bryan DeRemer - Mt. P, SC

“Kathy...I am so sorry for your loss. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.Paige Hutto ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Very sorry for your loss. I knew David from the program. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Paul Brown - Mount Pleasant, SC

“We are so sorry to hear of the passing of "BrotherDave". From great times on the beach to Tailgating at USC football games, Dave was always a...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Mark and Dee Porter - Pooler, GA

“David and I go back to 1974 in Atlanta Georgia. We met through chance and then partied, worked, and played music together for several years on and...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Darrell Shepard - FL - Friend

“Cathy I'm so sorry to hear about David. Please know my heart and prays are with you and family. Hugs ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Carolyn Johnson Runyon - NC

“Dave was always full of Life..... almost "bigger than life"....a passionate, emotional, honest and very talented spirit. I was honored to know him...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Rob and Pam Crosby - Nashville, TN

“Got to hear David and the West Coast Party Band several times,what an outfit!! It couldn't get much better.Also,he made the best shrimp and grits I...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Po Peterson - Steubenville, OH

“Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like such a talented and amazing person. I am certain I have danced to his tunes with the East Coast...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Chris Tnompson - Friend

“Dear Cathy,Gina and I have been thinking about you - we know the pain you are going through right now all too well. Although we will be out of town...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Sayas - Charleston, SC

“Remembering the fondest memories of Dave from the 70's, all such great times. RIP and play us some tunes with Frank and Buddy from the other side. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: A Friend - Columbia, SC - Friend

“I can remember Dave from my first day as a freshman at USC. We lived on the same hall in the Honeycomb dorms-me, an innocent country boy and him a...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: John Coleman - Saluda, SC

“Sending my prayers and love to Cathy and the family at this very difficult time. Cathy, you are a stong and loving person. You devoted your life to...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Ginny Paternite - Charleston, SC

“college friend,played w/ woody and the goodies ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: charles tattersall - NY

“So very sorry to hear about Dave. He was a good friend in our days at USC. I will always have great memories. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Butch Carnes - Poulsbo, WA

“I am SO SORRY to hear David has passed away. It was just a month ago that I ran into him In Royall Hardware.He was a Great Musician and Person.I will...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: sparky witte - mt pleasant, SC

“How very sad to learn of David's passing. He was a grand guy, and will be missed by all. My warmest sympathy to Kathy. Will be attending the...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Marion Doar

“So sorry to hear the news about David. I'm old friends with him and Richard Peterson though I have not seen David in a while. I even sat in on guitar...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Darby Erd - West Columbia, SC

“Cathy I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was such a nice man and so very talented. We enjoyed his music even after he left ECPB. You will...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: JeanandCharlie Wilson - SC

“I'm very sorry to hear of brother Dave's passing. What a great guy and great musician. He was a huge influence on me when I started playing bass as I...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Cary Taylor - Winnsboro, SC

“What a great guy he was and lived life out loud! Will always have great memories. Comfort to the family. Thinking of you Cathy! ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry to hear about David. I'll miss hearing him play the piano but hope he is at peace. I'm keeping your family in my prayers. ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: April Burke - ME - Neighbor


David Ivan Fuller, 67, passed away in his sleep Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at his home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He was a singular man by any measure.

David was born August 4, 1949 in San Diego, California, son of the late Henry Ivan Fuller and the late Edna Louise Price Fuller. He was virtually a force of nature. For a substantial part of his career, he wore a suit and sold advertising for television station, Channel 4. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

The real David Fuller was a legend in the music field. He was a creative genius, and as honest a man as ever walked this earth. In high school, he was known to sneak out of his bedroom window and wind up at local music venues to hear rhythm and blues and rock 'n roll music. Soon thereafter, he played in several bands, including Stop, Look, and Listen and the Geechie Boys. His band, Lion, opened for the Allman Brothers Band on their legendary Idlewild South tour.

Not only did David sing like a preacher, he collaborated with other songwriters to produce and record several albums while attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He then graduated with a degree in journalism but was not ready to settle down to an nine-to-five job.

In Columbia, he formed a band called Zig Zig and the Road Dogs comprised of Frank Smoak, Tommy Toglio, Rick Peterson, and Warren Moise. After stints playing music in Atlanta and tending bar on the sea islands, he returned to Charleston to marry.

It was upon his return to Charleston that David's talent really flowered. David joined The Riviera's, exchanging his bass guitar for a piano. He was an original member of the East Coast Party Band, formed as The Riviera's disbanded. David remained a member for 20 years, sharing lead vocalist duties while playing piano. His voice was a combination of Brother Ray Charles and the New Orleans soul of Dr. John. It was a powerful, unique singing style that was all his own. David attended Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant where he sometimes played in the praise band.

Possibly one event brings to mind David's intense will to survive. It happened many years ago at the Blessing of the Fleet in Mount Pleasant. He was fighting a life-and-death battle with cancer. Thin as a rail, many of his friends believed he would not live past Christmas and was in no condition to play music in the heat. Just before the performance began, everyone was amazed to see David wading through the crowd with an IV bag in hand. David Ivan Fuller proceeded to climb onto the plywood stage, put the IV bag on the side of his piano, and sang and played rhythm and blues for the rest of the day.

His creativity continued to expand. David wrote two books and produced three CDs of original music. He was a friend to all who knew him, a true Uomo Universale, and a proud, husband, father, and grandfather.

In addition to his wife, Catherine Peterson Fuller, he is survived by his son, David Ivan Fuller, Jr. (wife, Dana) of Chicago, IL; twin granddaughters, Sophie and Claire Fuller; his sister, Deborah Louise Zimbro (husband, George); niece, Megan Louise Stender and children; aunt, Elizabeth Kempson; brother-in-law, Daniel and Rhonda Peterson; niece, Lisa Anne and Thomas Stevens; brother-in-law, Richard and Donna Peterson; niece, Helena; sister-in-law, Beverly Britton; brother-in-law, Nick Peterson; brother in law, Davey Peterson; brother-in-law, Greg and Gabbie Porter; nephews, Charlie, Townsend, and Pete Porter; and sister-in-law, Tina and Rette Kirkland.

A Celebration of His Life will be held Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd., at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends following the service at their home.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 583, Mount Pleasant, SC 29465.