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Mrs. Janie Richardson Fulmore

Sunset: July 21, 2022

The Lady

Janie Richardson Fulmore was born November 21,1945 in St. Stephens, S. C. to the late Henry and Maybelle Rollerson Richardson. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifetime member of The Historical Greater St. James AME Church. Janie was an active member of the Senior Usher Board, the Stewardess Board, the Young Adult Choir, The Busy Bee Club, and a Junior Trustee--until her health declined.

Janie received her formal education in the Florence County Public School System. Janie attended a formal Nursing Assistant program where she received her certification in 1975. Janie shared her gifts and talents with her patients while employed with The McLeod Infirmary and Pee Dee Mental Health until an injury led to her early retirement.


Janie Richardson Fulmore was married to her champion, hero John David Fulmore for 49 years-until they were separated by death in 2017. Their union yielded six children who have kept their promise to love each other in good times and bad; values taught by their parents.

Janie Richardson Fulmore was conventional and unconventional; unique and ordinary; competitive and passive. She was predictably; unpredictable and she was LOVED. She was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, auntie, cousin, and friend who loved with her whole heart. Like a quilt is made of fabrics of many shapes, sizes, textures, and dimensions; one square only represented a tiny piece of the quilt’s history. Janie’s life was much like a quilt, each decade yielded only a small piece of her-story; however, viewing each year, each decade in its entirety tells a different story. Janie lived “out loud”. She was sassy, bold, beautiful, and fearless. A life with many mountains and valleys but anchored by her knowledge that God loved her--UNCONDITIONALLY. Janie gave more than she ever took and was often misunderstood. Janie fought for the “under-dog”; opened her home to the misunderstood; and provided a safe haven for at-risk neighborhood children. Janie’s home was where her nieces and nephews wanted to spend Summers. Janie’s ability to navigate the many personalities of the children placed in her care and maintain order was a gift. Her neighbors were an extension of her family; and second place was never good enough. She was called by many names; “Jay”, Ma, Mama, Grandma, Auntie, Mrs. Fulmore, and Janie--she answered to them all; but her most cherished name was “Child of God”. She often ended conversations with her favorite phrase...“God knows my heart” and her favorite pastime was reading the Bible.

Until We Meet Again

Janie Richardson Fulmore was the fifth of eight children. Three brothers Benjamin Rollerson, Joseph Richardson, and Henry Richardson preceded her in death.

Janie Richardson Fulmore leaves to cherish her memory four sisters: Annette Richardson and Ida Burgess of Lake City, SC, Rosa Simmons of Columbia, SC and Elouise (David) Frasier of Florence, SC; three sons: Richmond (Aretha) Fulmore of Garner, NC, Curtis (Herlene) Fulmore of Sumter, SC, John De’Losh Fulmore of Charlotte, NC; three daughters: Catherine (Melvin) Godwin of Florence, SC, Alvenus Fulmore-Gilbert of Fairburn, GA and Renee Knight (the late Tyrone) Davis of Columbia, SC; Fifteen grandchildren: Marvin (Natalia) Godwin of Sanford, NC, Rhimaio Fulmore of Raleigh, NC, Whittney (Craig) McNeal of Florence, SC, Alegra Gilbert of Atlanta, GA, Michael Godwin of Kannapolis, NC, Rhiana (Charles) McKoy of Clayton, NC, Timothy Gilbert of Fairburn, GA, Rhimeka (Jabar) Allen of Greensboro, NC, Amber (Kamal) Bell of Durham, NC, Tyler Fulmore of Sumter, SC, Ashton Fulmore of Garner, NC, Ashaunta Fulmore of Sumter, SC, Jaheem Davis, Malik Davis, and Taylor Davis of Columbia, SC; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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