Roy W. Fulps was born on June 20th, 1940 in Evansville, Indiana, and passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 26th 2023at Heart To Heart Hospice Center in Evansville, Indiana.
Growing up, life didn’t give him luxuries. He had to work really hard to get anything he wanted. He often had to work as a farm hand and would save up as much as he could to get by. he once told us that he finally saved up enough money to buy himself a brand new pair of skates and the first time he used them, he broke his ankle, but he still roller skated with his ankle broken. He also mentioned that for him being a farm hand and a redhead didn’t mix too well and that he often would burn and would say that’s how he became thick-skinned! He would fondly talk about how he taught himself roller skating tricks so he could impress the ladies.
He also had a love for many things including fishing and hunting. He liked where he lived because it was close to him and fish at his leisure. He really enjoyed playing domino’s and cards. Tinkering with cars was an all-time favorite and had one car that was his favorite, a 1950 Jewel. He also loved any kind of Western and movie classics. He enjoyed the new series 1883 and 1923.
In 1959-1963, Roy joined the United States Navy where he put his love of cooking to good use and became a cook on board several different Naval vessels. Roy worked for a business called Epi-Hab for 30 years and later retired from. He was a floor supervisor/foreman there and loved his job.
In 1964, Roy met Diana Hunter. Lynn and her best friend Gayle thought that they would make a cute couple and set them both up on a blind date. When Roy went to pick Diana up, her sister Eileen, who is taller than Diana answered the door and it surprised Roy at how “tall” Diana was and tickled him that Eileen in fact wasn’t Dianna! On February 20th,1965 they were married. Both he and Dianna loved to play cards and to travel together as well as bowling and participating in many church activities and Roy became a Deacon at South Side Baptist Church in Boonville, Indiana until Dianna’s passing in December of 2003 from breast cancer.
Roy and Diana had two son’s Timothy and Roger Fulps. Tim has three children with wife Wendy. They are Misty McCraney, spouse Desi McCraney, Lance Corporal Autumn Fulps and Grace Fulps. Roger has two children with his wife Kristina. They are Matthew Fulps and Hannah Fulps with fiance Brandon Hegstad and son Bradley Hegstad. Roy and Diana loved to travel with their two boy’s and had many adventures with them. Roy’s sister Sussie Morris, Whom he loved dearly and loved to butt heads with. could relate to how stubborn and cantankerous he could be and how he would set his stubborn face that would look just like his Momma. No matter what went on in his life and all the foster homes he went through, he would always love his Mom Flora. Surviving is his wife Serena Hatcher-Fulps. They married on December 22nd, 2007. They were the best of friends and really enjoyed each other’s company. They had a love for music together and enjoyed playing musical instruments. Even though they couldn’t attend church as much as they liked, they would stream Sunday Church Services and enjoy the gospel together as well as hymns and sing along with the church.
Roy went by many names in his life. From Dad to Grandpa and even Papaw. Roy tried to live life as best as he could, even with simple pleasures from eating popcorn and watching scary movies to listening to country music and singing off key! He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
Visitation for Roy will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 4-7pm and following on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 11am until the time of service at 12pm at Sunset Funeral Home with burial to directly follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Flowers and condolences may be sent to Sunset Funeral Home in memory of Roy before 1pm on Saturday and before 12pm on Monday.