Fulton Terry has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2023 Christmas Parade, and we are honored to have him. He was born in Washington Court House, and at the age of 12, he moved to Detroit, Michigan with his family. There, he met his wife Bertha, and they got married on July 31, 1954. They returned to Washington Court House two years later and have been living here ever since. Mr. Terry is a faithful man who says “God is Good” and puts God first and family second in his life. He and Bertha have five children: Kevin (Lori) Terry, Karen Terry, Karla (James) Crumbly, Krysta (Damon) Pearson, and Kendyl (Ginger) Terry. They also have 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Terry has been a devoted member of the First Church of God in Washington Court House for many years, serving in various roles such as Deacon, Treasurer, and Worship Leader. He also chaired the Spiritual Aims Committee and organized weekly Wednesday evening services for the Court House Manor nursing home residents for 30 years.
Fulton Terry had an accomplished career in several fields with a focus on safety. He received his education from the General Motors Institute and Sinclair Community College, as well as various certificates from FEMA, the Ohio Fire Academy, OSHA, and the State of Ohio Dept. of Public Safety. After 28 years of service, he retired as the Senior Safety Officer Engineer at the General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. He also worked at the Washington Court House Police Department, the Fayette County Engineer’s Office, and the Ohio Dept. of Transportation.
From October 1993 to April 2017, Fulton was the Director of the Fayette County Emergency Management Agency. He provided training, equipment, and crisis preparation for Fayette County residents and first responders.
Fulton is a civic-minded man who has gone above and beyond his work duties by volunteering throughout the community. He dedicated 35 years to serving as a Call Volunteer with the Washington Court House Fire Department, actively participated in his local Neighborhood Watch Program, and served as both Club President and Lt. Governor of Division 10-W of the State of Ohio for the Kiwanis Club of Washington Court House.
Fulton was nominated by numerous family and friends for his outstanding work. Throughout his adult life, he has built positive relationships with the people of Fayette County and has worked hard to improve his community for the benefit of those around him. We appreciate and thank him for his dedication, service, and love for Washington Court House and Fayette County, Ohio.