It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the death of Samuel Michael Fulkerson, March 25, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.

Mike was born in Alton, Ill., Aug. 20, 1948 to Emily and Sam Fulkerson who preceded him in death. He was employed and retired from Laclede Steelmill in Alton and was a member of the Masonic temple in Bridge City. He lived most of his life in Hartford, Ill., before moving to Bridge City. Mike had a larger than life personality and a heart of gold. He was the type of person you’d meet once and become fast friends with for life. He loved to fish and be in the woods. Oh, the fish stories he told!

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Johnson and husband Michael, and sons, Chris Fulkerson and wife Kerri and Tim Fulkerson and wife Tracie; brother Bill Fulkerson and wife Vickie; his favorite “little” people, his grandchildren, who he was so very proud of, Braden, Anne, Keegan, Halen, Chris, Jr., Garrett, Aidan and Justin. He will also be greatly missed by his side kick and constant companion, Shadow.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the nurses at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas for the care and compassion they extended during this difficult time. You are all awesome!

Graveside services were held Monday, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Kevin Inman.

Serving as pallbearers were Halen Borg, Keegan Johnson, Braden Borg, Michael Johnson, Chris Fulkerson, Jr., Garrett Fulkerson, Tim Fulkerson and Chris Fulkerson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas at 2050 Spindletop Ave, Beaumont, TX 77705.