Master Chief Petty Officer William “Bill” Vance Fulford, Jr. (Ret), 71, of Beaufort, died Saturday, July 13, 2019 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Beaufort, with Pastor Richard Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at Ocean View Cemetery, Beaufort. The family will receive friends at the church starting at 1:00 pm.
Bill was born in Morehead City, to William Vance Fulford and Joyce Perkinson Fulford. He spent close to 30 years serving his country in the United States Coast Guard. Upon retiring he became a commercial fisherman. He loved carving decoys and model boat building.
He is survived by his wife of close to 40 years, Jeanie Fulford of Beaufort; his mother Joyce P. Fulford of Beaufort; four children, David Willis of Newport, Bess Quillen and husband David, of Morehead City, Nathan Fulford of Newport, and Joy Fulford and husband John Fedyszyn, of Wilmington; one sister Kay Fulford Chadwick of Beaufort; one brother Terry H. Fulford and wife Martha, of Beaufort; two grandchildren Sarah Bird and husband John and Cora Fedyszyn; two great grandchildren, Cecelia and Caroline and a large beloved extended family.
His father, William Vance Fulford , Sr. preceded him in death.
Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2069, Beaufort, NC 28516.