John Timothy “Tim” Fullen, 58, of Union, WV, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Greenville, WV, following a farming accident.
He was born at Ronceverte, WV, on February 4, 1959, the son of John Thomas Roles Fullen and Ellen Marguerite Fisher Fullen.
Growing up in Salt Sulphur Springs, WV, faith and farming were deeply rooted in Tim, where he learned the trade alongside his father, uncles, cousins, and friends. His mom encouraged his faith by dragging him to church and to the Methodist Youth Fellowship of the Greenville Charge. Here his love of the Lord grew and led him to serve his community with his gifts. This is also where he fell in love with Linnie McPeak, resulting in a 36-year marriage. Tim was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. Always servant-minded, he willingly and enthusiastically served his church, his family, and the farm community.
Tim was a 1977 graduate of Union High School, where he was a member of the FFA and served as senior class president. He then went on to Potomac State College for two years before transferring to Virginia Tech, obtaining a B.S. in agronomy. Upon graduating, he returned to Union to work alongside his father at Fullen Fertilizer Co. Inc., eventually taking over the operation. A gifted agronomist, innovator, and inventor, Tim introduced precision agriculture to the Greenbrier Valley, offering custom farm mapping, sampling, and application methods for all local farmers to meet high yields. He and Linnie owned and operated Turkey Creek Farm and were the first West Virginia farmers to enroll in the Conservation Resource Enhancement Program in efforts to correct and prevent stream bank erosion. They were members of the Greenbrier Valley Cattlemen’s Association, and Tim’s most recent endeavor was growing and sourcing high quality non-GMO grains for Smooth Ambler Spirits.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Jackie Ellen Fullen; and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, Melinda Lou “Linnie” McPeak Fullen of Union; three children, Hanna Fullen Roberts and husband, Justin, of Liberty, WV, John Dale “J.D.” Fullen and wife, Sonya, of Union, and Savannah Lynn Fullen of Union; five grandchildren, Jakob, Katelin, Emily, John Lukas “Luke,” and Joel Tucker; aunts and uncles, Bernard Fullen and wife, Virginia, of Bowling Green, KY, Margaret Fisher of Union, and Zona Fisher of Roanoke, VA; and several cousins also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at St. John’s United Methodist Church with Pastors Carl Mouser and Gene Fullen officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM on Saturday, November 11, at the Groves Funeral Home in Union.
The family requests that donations in Tim’s memory be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, c/o Jerry Fullen, 778 Fullen Road, Union, WV 24983.
Those wishing to send online condolences to the Fullen family may do so by visiting www.grovesfuneral home.com.
Groves Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the November 8, 2017 edition of The West Virginia Daily News.