Local residents, veterans pay tribute as Fuller’s remains return home

Corporal Terrell Fuller is home. Fuller’s remains received a hero’s welcome in downtown Toccoa on Thursday morning as dozens of well-wishers- citizens and military veterans alike lined downtown Doyle St. waving flags as the procession passed.

A handful of military veterans were waiting patiently for Fuller’s return. Most said they came out to pay their respects.

“I’m a retired veteran. I came down here to represent him because he served for us, and now it’s our turn to pay him back,” said David Warren.

“I’m a Vietnam vet, but all of us wanted to be here today, VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, to welcome a fellow veteran home from the War,” said Dave Cornelius.

Herbert Hood served in South Korea in ’62, ’63, and ’67.

“To be here today to welcome Fuller home is awesome,” he said. “Very awesome.”

Further up Doyle Street a group of Korean War veterans were seated under a canopy waiting. All said it was important for them to be there for Fullers return.

Ralph Tolliver is from Gainesville. Tolliver, who served in Korea in 1952, came to Toccoa just to welcome him home.

“It’s a sad occasion,” he said. “I didn’t know Mr. Fuller at all. I just wanted to make sure he understood that we are proud of him.”

Roger Dulaney was in Korea from 1950 to 1952.

“Very very emotional,” he said. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything even though I’m all crippled up from

a car wreck Monday.”

The family will have a public visitation Friday at Acree-Davis Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m.

A private service will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. from the graveside at Stephens Memorial Gardens with full military honors executed by the U.S. Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Local Korean War veterans have been asked to serve as honorary escorts and should assemble at the graveside by 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Corporal Fuller will be laid to rest on what would have been his 88th birthday.

Those wishing to may leave condolences to the family online att www.acree-davisfh.com.