Lornis "Lonnie" Decaster Fulp

December 2, 1940 - April 8, 2022
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Our beloved Lornis “Lonnie” Decaster Fulp left this world in peace, in his home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, April 8, 2022 at the age of 81 years. Lonnie was born on December 2, 1940 in Walnut Cove, North Carolina to parents Benjamin Fulp and Anna Lou Joyce. The family moved to Midvale, Ohio (The Royal) whil…

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Our beloved Lornis “Lonnie” Decaster Fulp left this world in peace, in his home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, April 8, 2022 at the age of 81 years. Lonnie was born on December 2, 1940 in Walnut Cove, North Carolina to parents Benjamin Fulp and Anna Lou Joyce. The family moved to Midvale, Ohio (The Royal) while Lonnie was a child and he stayed there until his graduation from Midvale High School. At a young age, Lonnie unfortunately lost his mother Anna Lou Joyce Fulp. However, his father later remarried Thelma. Lonnie’s siblings include Georgia Ann, Beulah Mae, Mackever, Connie, Johnnie, Glenn (deceased), and Stanley (deceased).

After high school, Lonnie decided to join the United States Air Force.
At one of his first USAF stations in Denver, Colorado he met the love of his life, Mae Ella McConnell who, we hear, he could not keep his eyes off of, and they were married a short time later on October 10, 1959. Lonnie and Mae made a family and raised seven children together- Cyrus, Ernie, Teresa, Lornis Jr, Roger, Ella, Tommie and Baby Boy (deceased at birth). Lonnie and Mae also shared their great love by keeping foster children, their home was always filled with neighborhood kids whom they loved as their own. Lonnie has left behind seven children, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

As a kid, Lonnie loved going “back home” to Walnut Cove to spend the summers with his grandparents, aunts and uncles on the farm where his grandfather grew tobacco. Lonnie loved working the fields, and working to break the donkeys and driving the tractor and wagon. He could always be found on a horse, even through his adult years. One of his favorite things to do as a kid was to hide behind a tree waiting for someone to walk past so he could “lasso” them! That mischievousness never left Lonnie as his grandchildren can attest to and as evidenced by the wild laughter you would often hear anytime that you were around him.

Lonnie was a devoted husband, father and serviceman. He and Mae enjoyed many travels as a couple. While in the Air Force, Lonnie served as a Supply Sergeant during the Vietnam War, and thereafter, serving a total of over 22 years, retiring as Master Sergeant Lornis D. Fulp in 1982. After retirement, he worked in Social Actions on Vandenberg Air Force Base. During his time in the service, Lonnie was stationed around the world, taking his wife and all his children with him to places like Japan and England, and stateside, working in more states than not, including California, Colorado, Montana and Arkansas, just to name a few.

After his time in the military, Lonnie worked in group homes around the Midvale area. He was extremely proud of this and his ability to have an influence on children who otherwise may not have had a role model. More and more the family hears of someone else who was touched by Lonnie’s influence and mentorship.

Later in life, Lonnie responded to being called to the ministry, being ordained as a minister where he served in various roles at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church since 1986. Throughout his tenure, Lonnie also worked in the local jail/prison ministries and as a wedding officiant, even marrying one of his own sons. Lonnie loved the Church and held numerous offices for the New Era Baptist District Association.

Outside of his official capacities, Lonnie loved sports. Lonnie loved to play fastpitch softball, football, basketball, bowling and riding in rodeos were his sports of choice. Lonnie also loved to watch and support high school sports. In fact, he was so passionate about sports, he was a constant at games for children throughout the community. Lonnie’s passion for sports knew no bounds.
Outside of sports, Lonnie continued to live a full life, caring for his children and raising his horses, which Lornis Jr, found a fondness for as well. Lonnie even went on to become an actor for a short time, having a pivotal role in the film South by Northwest: Montana Bound.

Out of everything he enjoyed, road trips were probably his favorite. He, and many times his wife Mae could be found traveling across this great country of ours. North Carolina and California were favorites of his- most of his family of origin being in North Carolina, and many of his children living in California at one time or another as well as Montana and Oklahoma. Together, Lonnie and Mae visited countless monuments, attended numerous concerts, family reunions (which has been something shared with their children and grandchildren), church services, conferences, sporting events for “one of the kids” and so many more adventures. Not only did he do this for leisure, he also volunteered to help others by driving. A close friend of his and Mae’s, Leslie McNeil, shares that during a family death, her husband Rev. Henry McNeil had to fly to Alabama ahead of her. As Mrs. McNeil was preparing to follow her husband via plane, here comes Lonnie calling, telling her to be ready because he’s coming to take her and her youngest to Alabama for the funeral. “Sis, get ready, I’m coming to pick y’all up!” These acts of love and kindness knew no bounds for Lonnie. Whether family, friend, parishioner, acquaintance or stranger, Lonnie was always ready to serve.

At home in Ohio, Lonnie loved being an active member of the local VFW post and other affiliations. One of his favorite things to do was to go each and every Friday to get a steak from the VFW, sometimes inviting others to tag along to pick theirs up as well. If it was Friday, no matter what the season or weather, we all knew one thing: Lonnie was going to get a steak from the VFW. Once he sat down at home, he was a quieter person, not asking too much of anyone, and primarily enjoying his black and white Western Classics. He knew every series, every movie, line by line and still watched those movies as though he was seeing them for the first time. Lonnie will be sorely missed, but the memory of his love and laughter will linger on forever.

Lonnie leaves behind his children Cyrus, Ernal, Teresa, Lornis Jr. (Sandra), Roger, Ella, Tommie (Liz) and their families.

Services for Lornis “Lonnie” Fulp will be held as follows: Friday, April 15, 2022 we will host calling hours for him at Geib funeral home at 116 2nd St NE, New Phila, OH 44663 from 5-7 pm. Saturday, April 16 will be his memorial service at Geib, beginning at 11:00 am. Lornis will be buried in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at Rittman on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Please send condolences to the family at 2993 Brightwood Rd. SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, April 15, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, April 18, 2022

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery


10175 Rawiga Road
Rittman, OH 44270

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Born: December 2, 1940
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


JERRY KOHL posted on 4/27/22



Otto & Linda Hooks posted on 4/15/22

The McConnell Hooks families send their sincere condolences to the Fulp Family. The Otto Hooks family, Otto, Linda, Derek, Tassia remember with fondness visiting Lonnie & Mae Ella in Richmond California many years ago. We always kept in touch. In the summer of 2020 Otto flew to Cleveland to see Lonnie at the VA hospital, then rented a car to go on to see cousin Mae Ella McConnell Fulp. He says that was when he first met Teresa. The last time we remember seeing them both was at a Hooks Reunion. Those were fun days of talking, eating & remembering. God Bless all the family.


Todd Dockum posted on 4/15/22

The Dockum family sends our sincerest condolences to the entire family of "Mr. Fulp." Our families met in 1977 at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls Montana. Mr. Fulp was always a guiding light for all of us! A great son, brother, husband, father, and mentor. We will miss him tremendously, and think of him often.


Kristin Pelle posted on 4/15/22

For the brief time I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Fulp, I will dearly miss his wise words with our Bible classes, and good natured participation in the fun with church activities. His kind face will be missed, but I’m looking forward to seeing him again on that great resurrection morning when Christ comes again. Rest in Jesus until then Brother Lonnie. Prayers and deepest sympathy to the Fulp family.


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 4/15/22

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Lornis D. Fulp, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, Lornis D. Fulp, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Kathy McGee posted on 4/14/22

So very sorry for your loss I worked at parkway Honda and remember lornis coming in for servicel he usually had a McDonald's lunch bag with him! Again so very sorry for your loss


Arthurine McMillian Berry posted on 4/14/22

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Fulp family in the passing of Rev Fulp. He always had a smile and a kind word. May God comfort you through this time of sorrow.


Scott Fleming posted on 4/13/22

Sending my most sincere and deepest condolences to the family and friends. I pray that God will provide you with the comfort and strength to make it through this period of bereavement.


Carol Barta posted on 4/13/22

Barry and Carolyn Barta, We send our condolences and prayers to the family.


Rev. Archie Jackson,Cynthia Jackson and Family posted on 4/12/22

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Rev. Fulp. What beautiful memories we have attending services throughout the valley with him and Mother Mae. What dedication and love for the Lord. Truly an inspiration for all. He will be missed but we know he is rejoicing! Well done good and faithful servant.


C.J.Ramsey posted on 4/12/22

From the very 1st sabbath Pops Fulp Come into the front door of the church and after my 1st conversation with him it was such a blessing. We were so much alike and we had great respect for each other.. So much respect after a few months I ask him to adopt me. He always seek to please God without conditions .It was such a blessing that God provided the way for my wife and I to purchase him a large print Remnant Bible so he learn more about the unconditional love of our dear Savior Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to the day after the resurrection that we can sit down together along with Jesus Christ and along with our brothers and sisters in Christ so we can all have a loving conversation. He always has been and will be in my heart thoughts and prayers Rest In Peace my brother. Miss you


Sherri Harris posted on 4/12/22

Cousin/ Uncle Lornis you are reunited with Aunt Mae Ella as well as Aunt Geneva. Our sincere prayers and condolences with God’s comfort from my Dad Otto & Linda Hooks, my brother Tony Hooks and myself Sherri Harris. You will truly be missed by all of us … love to the family Sherri Harris


Jim Lance posted on 4/12/22

I always enjoyed seeing pop coming into church. He always had something important to share in Sabbath School class. I remember where he sat his wheel chair when he came in, there is a vacant space there now. He was always glad to be there, and was always calm and quiet, and seemed very patient. He is greatly missed.


Reginia Arrington posted on 4/12/22

Rev. Fulp was such an inspiration, and displayed a mild mattered spirit that made for a comfortable encounter anytime you were in his presence. He will be missed, but not forgotten. May Peace abide to his family. God Is Able.


Merle & Shirley King posted on 4/12/22

To the Fulp Family, You have our sympathy in the passing of Lonnie I graduated with him from Midvale HS , He was always a very nice man My brother-in-law, Merle King knew him from the Christian Mens Fellowship breakfasts My sister, Shirley (LeMasters) King graduated with Lonnie's sister Georgia May God give you peace at this difficult time Treasure your memories Sincerely, Clinton LeMasters Merle & Shirley King


Cindy Hamil ty in posted on 4/11/22

Connie, So sorry for your familys loss. My sincere sympathy. Lucinda (Cindy) Cole Hamilton


Diane Grisolia posted on 4/11/22

My Deepest prayers and condolences to family I’m so sorry for your loss.


Brenda Hairston posted on 4/11/22

Praying for family! He was a good and kind man. My condolence.


Sue McPherson posted on 4/11/22

Deepest sympathy to the family of Lonnie Fulp a man of God that lived his life to the fullest. Elaine Hawkins, Dave McPherson and Sue Mcpherson


Mary Katherine Martin posted on 4/11/22

Better late than never. Loved this man of God. He lead a full life and preformed his commission, "..Go out and call them to come". Thanks for my time spent with you.


Michael and Sherri Jones posted on 4/11/22

We will miss you Cousin/Uncle Lonnie.


Teresa David posted on 4/11/22

I'll always love my daddy, my "road dog"!


Jason Edward Murray posted on 4/11/22

I know Lonnie for a long time we did dialysis together we had a lot of good talks and Lonnie knew my dad Charles Murray Lonnie was a good friend of the family he would definitely be miss and I'll definitely miss our talks rest in peace Lonnie.


Maurice and Crissie Withers posted on 4/11/22

To the family we have truly lost a spiritual giant in the Fulp family. My wife and I are really upset that we are not able to be there to celebrate the life of our beloved uncle. May God continue to bless you and may heaven smile upon you.


Claymont Senior Transportatiob posted on 4/11/22

Sending sympathy to Lonnie's family. We enjoyed the time we transported him to his appointments. He was a great loving guy.