making a difference through our

local neurology expansion

Continued efforts to raise funds to advance  Tanner Health System's neurology department through the James R Fulford Endowed Chair of Neurology.  Helping to bridge the gap for our community,  patients of neurology , their caregivers and their loved ones. 

John Donald “Don” Fulford

October 20, 1944 - September 17, 2022

John Donald “Don” Fulford of Carrollton, Georgia passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 17, 2022, surrounded by family. He was born on October 20, 1944, in Wrightsville, Georgia, the son of the late John Columbus Fulford & Emmer Jane Powell Fulford.

Don served his country in the United States Air Force and was the co-owner and operator of Brothers Builder’s Supply for over 20 years and Brothers Installed Sales from 1999-2013.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Sharon Robinson Fulford; sons, James Fulford & Laura Rocha (girlfriend) and Gene & Justin Fulford (wife); daughter & son-in-law, Peggy & Jeff Fricks; brother & sister-in-law, Harold & Beverly Fulford; sister-in-law, Linda Fulford; grandchildren; Griffin Fricks and Lauren Fricks; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brothers, Denzil & Ray Fulford, and nephew, Tracy Fulford.

The family will receive friends and family at Martin & Hightower Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 2:00 PM from Roopville Road Baptist Church with Dr. Stephen Peeples and Minister Allan Howard officiating. Tim Jackson Sunday School Class members will be seated as Honorary Pallbearers. Don will lie in state at the church from 1:00 PM until the hour of service. Interment will follow at Carroll Memory Gardens with the American Legion Post #143 rendering military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made in Don’s memory to UAB Center for Palliative Care at or to Fulford and Friends at


Left to Right: Don, Harold, Ray

Left to Right: Don, Ray, Harold

The Fulford Brothers left to right:
Denzil, Ray, Don and Harold

The Fulford Family left to right: James Fulford, Jeff, Peggy and Griffin Fricks, Sharon & Don
 Fulford, Lauren Fricks,
Justin & Gene Fulford

our mission

Fulford and Friends exists to help raise awareness and funds to support local and consistent neurological services through Tanner Health System

We understand the burdens of the individuals and their caregivers as they navigate neurological disorders and diseases. By joining with us, together we can accelerate Tanner Health System's neurology department by years, if not decades for long term, consistent care through the James R. Fulford Endowed Chair of Neurology.

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Our local Impact

Liz shares the powerful story of her mother, Cindy, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and their struggle to find the care and resources mother needed during a heartbreaking time.

Liz Johnson Wright

Tim and Dawn Criswell

Tim and Dawn faced the impossible after Tim's traumatic brain injury caused by a biking accident. With Tim recovering in Atlanta, Dawn faced traveling back and forth to care for him without missing any of the important moments of their youngest son's senior year of high school.

Linda Fulford

Ray was diagnosed with both Parkinson's and ALS only a few years apart. The severity of both diseases made medical treatment in Atlanta their only option. Ray and Linda's lifestyle quickly changed due to the hour long trips to the doctor multiple times a week.  

Tim and Dawn Criswell


With your generous support, we can help accelerate neurology care in our community by years, if not decades!


Percentage of the endowed chair that is currently funded

1.5 MIL

To fully fund the endowed chair of Neurology


We are grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness and support for The James R Fulford Endowed Chair of Neurology and all of the many wonderful supporters, volunteers, and donors who believe in our mission.

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