Former Montreat College trustee and North Carolina State Representative Jim Fulghum died this past Saturday, July 19, after a short battle with cancer. He had been diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer in June. He was 70 years old.
“This is a sad day,” said Montreat College Board of Trustees chair William Haynes. “We are thankful for Jim’s gift of time and resources to help Montreat College, and his family is in our prayers.”
Fulghum served on the Montreat College board from 2011 to 2014 after retiring from a long career as a neurosurgeon. In addition to his service to Montreat, he also served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2012 to 2014, and was in the process of running for a vacant state senate seat when he received the cancer diagnosis.
“As a medical doctor, Jim had a professional and personal passion for helping those in his community and state,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in a statement released yesterday. “Wake County and all of North Carolina lost a great man today.”
Fulghum is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Susan Fulghum, and their two daughters, Emily Fulghum Roberson and Molly Fulghum Heintz.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation – 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, Edenton St. United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC (in Kerr Hall); Private burial – 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC; Service – 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Edenton St. United Methodist Church sanctuary.