Rev. Frank Theophilus Fuller was born on November 20, 1941, in Eutawville South Carolina, to the late Rev. Abraham and Emily Fuller. He was the second eldest son of eleven children. His family migrated to Baltimore, Maryland, where Frank attended Baltimore City Public Schools.
Additionally, because of his strong work ethic, he worked part-time to help support his family. Frank met and married the love of his life Virginia (Jenny) Sherwood on December 24, 1960. In December of 2020, they celebrated sixty years of marriage! From this union, Frank and Virginia were blessed to rear three children: Renee, Eric, and Sonia. They believed in the scripture, “train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they would not depart.
” Frank’s wife and children were the centers of his joy. He was the epitome of a family man. Frank was a trailblazer as he was the first of his siblings to purchase a home for his family. The couple shared a mutual interest in supporting their children, decorating, making home improvements, and wearing the latest fashions. No one could maneuver a kitchen, like Frank. You could always depend on him to whip up mouth-watering meals; he loved to cook and entertain.
Frank and Virginia had a spirit filled relationship built on reverence for God. Together, they prayed, studied the Word, enjoyed singing hymns, and served faithfully in the church. Moreover, Frank fervently believed “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Therefore, when you saw Frank you saw Virginia.
At a young age, Frank encountered an opportunity to work as a machinist mechanic at Kaydon Ring and Seal Company. After 31 years of dedicated service, Rev. Fuller retired. During his tenure, he received numerous accolades for his unwavering commitment to the company.
In his youth, Frank accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Frank worshipped at New Shiloh Baptist Church for a number of years. Under the pastoral guidance of the late Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr. Frank continued to mature spiritually. His spiritual development commenced years prior as his father and mother, Rev. Abraham and Emily Fuller cultivated a love for Christ within him. After several years, Frank joined New Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. James J. Fuller, his brother.
While there he participated in numerous ministries. However, he was most passionate about serving in the music and culinary ministries. On any given Sunday, you could hear him singing praises to God; his voice filled the sanctuary and set the atmosphere for worship. Rev. Dr. James J. Fuller elevated Frank to the office of deacon because he possessed great moral character. He passionately and faithfully served at New Hope Baptist Church until relocating to Vance, South Carolina in 2000.
Isaiah 6:8 states, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” This was the sentiment of Frank Fuller. Therefore, he answered the call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. After accepting the call to preach, he became a third-generation preacher. Rev. Fuller enjoyed preaching throughout South Carolina and Baltimore. He loved his community and friends. Rev. Fuller maintained faithful service under Pastor Vernon Blanchard at the Canaan Baptist Church.
On March 9, 2021, knowing his soul was anchored in the Lord, Rev. Frank Fuller transitioned from earth to glory. He is now resting in the arms of our Savior. Rev. Fuller leaves to honor and cherish his memory, wife of sixty years Virginia; children, Renee Brown, Eric Fuller and Sonia Fuller; three grandsons, Eric Jr., Sheldon, and Simeon; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Camron; his second mother, Louise Fuller; twelve siblings, Dorothy James of Maryland, John Fuller(Evearn) of Georgia, Rev. Dr. James J. Fuller (Ruth) of Maryland, Rev. Betsy Goodridge of Maryland, Wilhelmina Hobson of New York, Paul Fuller ( Sarah) of Maryland, Dr. Nathaniel Fuller ( Jan) of Maryland, Rev. Dr. Stanley Fuller( Rev. Dr. Ann) of Maryland, Walter Gilliard ( Rose) of Virginia, Margota Hankinson of South Carolina, Zacharette Frierson ( Michael) of Georgia and Terry Gilliard of South Carolina; two sister in laws Cecilia Brooks of Maryland and Evangelist Elain Fuller of South Carolina; one brother in law, Rev. James Reaves of Maryland, a very close cousin Verdell Hillard of New York, and a great host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
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