Miriam  Fulgham

Miriam Fulgham

Miriam Elizabeth Bowen Fulgham passed away peacefully on August 13, 2011, after a brief illness. She was born in Bulloch County on January 11, 1923 to Myrtis and G.B. Bowen of Register, Ga. She lived over 50 years in Savannah before moving to Sugar Hill, Ga. to live with her son and daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 36 years, Joseph Bruce Fulgham. Miriam was a graduate of Nevils High School, and attended Valdosta State College. In the summer of 1942, she accepted an invitation to join a government training program in electronics and physics to support the armament efforts of World War II. After completing the initial training, she was selected for advanced training, first at Georgia Tech, and later at Wright Field Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. At Wright Field, she was promoted to Supervisor on the Top Secret team developing high-altitude radar for the bombers of the Manhattan Project. She returned to Bulloch County for Christmas in 1945, and remained to help her parents with their businesses. After moving to Savannah, she continued to work in the grocery business for many years. Miriam was known for her quick wit, positive outlook on life, and in her younger years, as a sharp shooter. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting. She dearly loved her family and friends, and always had an encouraging word for others. Surviving are her children: Chuck Wilkinson, Pamela Wilkinson-Nichols, a son-in-law, Alan Nichols, a grandson, Joseph Nichols, a foster grandson, John Acosta, three sisters, Martha B. Hutchinson, Jackie B. Foy, and Ann B. Lupton. Additional survivors include four nephews, Inman Foy, III, George Hutchinson, Craig and Shawn Mikell, two nieces, Gail Foy, and Holly Pollard, nine great nieces and nephews, a number of cousins, and many special friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially Sadie Dog, who learned from Miriam how to wipe her feet before entering the house. Funeral service for her Atlanta circle of friends will be held at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church on Monday, August 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the main Sanctuary with Pastor Dr. Richard A. Hunter and Rev. Mari Lane Brooks A brief reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow. Visitation in Statesboro will be held Tuesday, August 16 from 10-11:00 am at Joiner Anderson Funeral Home, prior to an 11:30am funeral service. Pastor Butch McKenzie will officiate. Interment will be in Ephesus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery on Highway 301 South. The family will accept flowers and requests that any memorial contributions be made to Ephesus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Bobby Tootle, 4715 Twin Forks Rd., Statesboro, Ga. 3045 Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com Flanigan's Funeral Home Buford, GA and Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro are in charge of arrangements. www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.