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Willis "Bill" Fuller, Jr.

Willis "Bill" Fuller, Jr.
  • October 16, 1940 - November 16, 2018
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to
  • Coach Richard E. Moore, '53, Rifle Memorial Scholarship, c/o The Citadel Foundation
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29409

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“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Trey Cockrell - Chesterfield, SC


2 of 12 | Posted by: william gray - north myrtle beach, SC

“Bill and I went to law school together. We have been friends for over fifty-seven years. We would go to lunch together often until about two years...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Stanley Waldman - Hanahan, SC

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Stanley Waldman - Hanahan, SC

“Melissa and Trey,As you know, your Dad and I had a friendship that went back to 1968 when we returned from the service and each began law practice in...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Dewey Wise - Green Pond, SC

“Fuller Family,I am sorry to hear the news of your dad's passing. I first meet Bill when we worked next door to one another on Rivers Ave. and ...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Ray Molony - Beaufort, SC

“Bill was a great man and a good friend. I will miss hearing his voice and speaking with him. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mike Capaccio - Charleston, SC

“Drew and I send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Megan Huskey

“I am so sad to hear of our friends passing. P.O. and I loved Bill so much! He helped us through some very hard times and also gave us many laughs...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Pat Mead - Charleston, SC

“Sally & I send our Deepest Sympathy to Bill's family & friends. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Angus Duncan Fordham - Beaufort, SC

“Sorry to learn of your loss. I enjoyed working with Bill on various community projects "way back when." He was a joy to know. God's peace to all...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“Please know that The Fuller family is in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies ,Jane Waring ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jane Waring - Charleston, SC


Willis "Bill" Fuller, Jr. died in his sleep peacefully with his children present on November 16, 2018. He was born on October 16, 1940 in Athens, Georgia, to Willis Fuller and Grace Hood Fuller.

Bill is survived by his beloved, longtime companion, Nella Gray Barkley; children, Melissa Fuller Brown of Charleston, SC; Willis "Trey" Fuller, III, DVM, (Jenna Buice) of Anderson, SC; and two daughters, Ellen Fuller (1964) and Mary Grace Fuller (1968), who predeceased him; grandchildren, Ellen Hudson Brown Howard (Raven); Fleetwood Fuller Brown; Frederick "Eric" Ivan Fuller; Willis Joiner Fuller; and Lily Elizabeth Fuller; sister, Melissa Fuller Hester; niece Carlotta Marie Hester (Christopher Murray); and nephew Benjamin Alexander Hester; many cousins and his three dogs, Yukon, Tater and Abby. His faithful companion and partner in crime, Grits, predeceased him.

Bill graduated from The Citadel in 1962 and The University of South Carolina School of Law in 1965. He was a member of The Citadel Rifle Team all four years. His senior year as Captain, the undefeated 1962 squad defeated West Point to capture The Citadel's only athletic National Championship Title.

Following graduation from law school, Bill served as a Captain in the USAF JAG Corps. In 1968, he entered the private practice of law and remained a member of the South Carolina Bar for 56 years. He was a lifetime member of the Hibernian Society and the Downtown Men's Athletic Club. He was also a member of St. Philips Church.

Bill cherished his family, friends and faith. All his favorite activities involved the outdoors: fishing, boating and hunting with family and friends---from the Miss Demeanor, Harmony Hall Plantation to the South 40.

Bill's Celebration of Life Service is Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at The Chapel at Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC, at 2:30 p.m. A reception in Blackmer Hall at Bishop Gadsden will follow immediately. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. The family also wishes to thank the many, loving caregivers who looked after Bill and tended to his loved ones during his final weeks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Coach Richard E. Moore, '53, Rifle Memorial Scholarship, c/o The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.