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Fulton, Arkansas Baptist church planter strategist, dies at 65

Fulton, Arkansas Baptist church planter strategist, dies at 65

Oct 13, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE – Gary Dean Fulton, 65, of West Fork, died Oct. 11 in Fayetteville. He was a church planter strategist with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Fulton was a native of Memphis, Tenn. He and his family moved back from the mission field in 1999 and have resided in northwest Arkansas for 19 years. For the last three years Fulton and his wife, Susan, led a nonprofit organization called Love Beyond Borders, leading and more than 30 groups from numerous churches on mission trips to Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

"He was a dedicated husband, loving father, proud grandfather, pastor, missionary, mentor, and a friend to all. Because of his faithfulness to the Lord, countless lives have been changed and continue to be changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gary enjoyed preaching and spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He was devoted to raising his family in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord. Gary loved sitting on the front porch with Susan while drinking coffee and watching the birds and the deer. He also enjoyed shooting, fishing, riding the grandkids on the tractor, and spending time with those he loved," reads an obituary from 
Epting Funeral Home in Fayetteville."

Fulton was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Edith Fulton, and two infant brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years; six children: Stephen Fulton (Robin), Elizabeth Cunningham (Jeff), Andrew Fulton (Alyse), Caleb Fulton (Mishael), Abigail Vargas (Cito), and Gabriela Dixon (Mike); and 10 grandchildren: Cassidy Zelenka (Zachary), Isaiah Fulton, Milena Fulton, Anna Sofia Fulton, Madeline Fulton, Elizabeth Fulton, Isaias Vargas, Moriah Fulton, George Fulton, and Baby Fulton due March 2019; and a great-grandchild: Sawyer Zelenka; three siblings: Ronnie Fulton (Loretta), Jackie Fulton (Toni), and Tammy Horne (Steve); one sister-in-law, Janet Woods (Richard); eight nieces and nephews; and two great-nephews.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at First Baptist Church in Farmington, followed by a  funeral at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Love Beyond Borders AR by visiting Condolences may be made at

He was born October 22, 1952 in Memphis, Tenn., to Lyle and Edith Fulton.


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