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Clarence G. Fuller Jr.

November 13, 1930 ~ April 8, 2018 (age 87)
Clarence Gerald “Jerry” Fuller, Jr., passed away on Sunday, April 8 in Mandeville, Louisiana.  Born and raised in DeRidder, Louisiana, Jerry played football at his alma mater DeRidder High School, played baritone horn, served as a lifeguard, and achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout.  Jerry earned a B.S. in Music at Northwestern State University where he graduated with honors and played cello in the university orchestra.  He went on to earn his Master’s degree in Theology at Southern Methodist University and was ordained a minister in the United Methodist Church in 1964.  He spent the majority of his professional career serving as a minister in New Orleans, most recently as Campus Minister at University of New Orleans and SUNO.  Following his pastoral work with the UMC, Jerry served as a substance abuse counselor at Veterans Administration Hospital in New Orleans from 1980 until his retirement in 1996.  Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Gerald Fuller, Sr. and Annie Lee Johnson Fuller. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Margaret Monvoisin Fuller, and by his 3 children, Linda Fuller Genella (Chuck) of Houston, Texas, James Warren Fuller (Melanie) of Purcellville, Virginia, and Deborah Fuller Hurley of Winnfield, Louisiana.  He is also survived by his 6 stepchildren:  Mark J. Spansel (Joy), Anne S. Arbo (David), Paul J. Spansel (Erin), Margaret “Peggy” M. Spansel, and Carol F. Spansel (Denise) all of New Orleans and Mandeville and Janet S. Boudreaux (Ron) of Baton Rouge.  Jerry is survived by his and Margaret’s combined 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren of whom he was extraordinarily proud.  Jerry is further survived by his brother Donald Fuller (Yvonne) of Baton Rouge.  Jerry was a parishioner of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville and volunteered at the Samaritan Center in different roles over the years.  He took great interest in ecumenical collaboration for the good of the community and maintained a lifelong respect for John Wesley’s teachings of service to others.  Jerry also had a lifelong appreciation of music and nature, finding great solace in spending time in his garden and bike riding along the Abita Trace.  Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Jacob Schoen & Son, 3827 Canal St, New Orleans at 12:15pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Visitation from 10:00 am until 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's name may be made to the Samaritan Center, 402 Girod St, Mandeville, Louisiana 70448. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com

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