Carolyn Myers Fulton, retired business owner


PHILADELPHIA — Carolyn Myers Fulton, 84, who with her husband for more than a decade owned and operated Deemer Lumber Co., which her father founded in 1940, died on Nov. 4, 2007, at Hospice in His Hands in Madden after an extended illness.

Services for Mrs. Fulton, who chronicled the history of the Deemer community in a book she self-published in 2002, were held Nov. 6 at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Byrd Hillman and the Rev. Fred Britton officiated. Pallbearers were David Vowell, Eric Prince, Don Windham, David Moody, Terry Jordan and Carl Vowell. Burial was in Cedarlawn Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of the Deemer community, she was the daughter of W.D. (Bill) and Inez Myers.

Mrs. Fulton was born on July 11, 1923, in Deemer. On July 19, 1945, she married W.T. (Bill) Fulton of Philadelphia, and in 1946 they made their home in Deemer. The Fultons became owners of Deemer Lumber Company in 1955 operating the business until their retirement in 1970.

The lumber company was once the largest business in Neshoba County, and there was a time when Deemer’s population was larger than Philadelphia’s.

A member of First United Methodist Church, Mrs. Fulton served faithfully in many positions during her membership of over 70 years. She was a charter member of the Wesleyan Service Guild, Sunday school teacher in both the children and adult departments and long-time chairman of the Evangelism Committee, member of the Administrative Board and Council on Ministries. In recent years she was most active in United Methodist Women and the M&M club at the church.

Mrs. Fulton graduated from Philadelphia High School and attended Millsaps College.

She was the author of Deemer: My Town – A Lifetime of Memories, a written and pictorial history of how Deemer came to be and how thousands of people helped create the closely knit and thriving community from 1905 to 1970.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fulton was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Myers McWilliams.

Survivors include: husband, Bill Fulton; daughter, Susan Barnett of the Standing Pine community in Leake County; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three nieces.