Jimmie Fuller, 73, of Orange passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.  A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Orange. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 5 until 9 p.m. at Dorman Funeral Home.

He was born in Camden, Ark. on March 26, 1937.  He attended early school years in Camden, teen years at Stark High School in Orange and Harmony Grove High School in Camden; where he graduated. He finished one year of college at Steven F. Austin in Nacogdoches. Following his schooling, he worked at Brown Bowling Lanes as a pin setter repairman prior to being hired at E. I. DuPont Chemical Plant in Orange where he worked until retirement in 1995. He married Martha Diane Travis in 1961 and had five children.

Jimmie learned many trades and developed his talents.  He was a skilled handy man, and could repair anything.  He re-finished two automobiles.  At DuPont, he trained to be a mechanic, a welder, a volunteer fireman, and eventually a machinist, which he was at the time of retirement. He then learned woodworking, making cabinets, furniture, toys and children’s furniture for his church nursery.

He began making musical instruments and taught himself to play the guitar he made. Jimmie joined a group and played music at the Oak Groves Nursing Home in Pt. Arthur.  He formed a passion for music and re-taught himself to play the piano (he had taken lessons as a child), mastering several Classical selections.

He was a gentle spirit who loved his family; especially his five children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  He was deeply loved in return.  Jimmie was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a confident man who often used the saying “Never say (I can’t), to anything that you’re able to learn”……and he lived his life according to that belief.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, James John Fuller and Hazel Myrtle (Copper) Fuller.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Fuller of Orange; daughters, Trina Marie Ries of Nacogdoches, Mary Elizabeth Dean of Dallas, Donna Kay Gerity of Orange, Jennifer Leigh Bodine of Orange; son, Jack Lee Fuller and his wife, Cheryl of Ohio Township, Ohio; sisters, Wanda Maurice Fowler of Jackson, Tenn., Edna Louis Robertson of Camden; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four nephews and one niece.