Jimmy Daryl Fuller, 77

Jimmy Daryl Fuller, 77 of Steele, KY passed away Sunday, June 09, 2024 at Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Center. Jimmy was a retired teacher with Buchanan County Schools and a member of the Feds Creek First Church of God. He was born June 08, 1947 at Feds Creek, KY to the late Landon Joseph Fuller and Claire Vivian Keene Fuller.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Judith Elizabeth Jones Fuller of Steele, KY; a son, Jimmy Daryl (Heather) Fuller, Jr. of O’Fallon, IL; two daughters, Claire (John) West of Raccoon, KY and Alicia (Nathan) Warnock of Pikeville, KY; ten grandchildren, Summer (Kalob), Hannah, Olivia, J.P. (Emilee), Landon, Trey, Riley, Samuel, Caroline and James; and two great-grandchildren, Elaina Kate and Tatum Cole. He is also survived by a brother, Richard (Karen) Fuller of Lick Creek, KY.

Jimmy was a renaissance man.  He loved leading music at church, growing a beautiful garden to share with the community, woodworking, quilting, and embroidery. He never knew a stranger, and always met people with a smile that beamed from his heart. With a crazy hand shake or a rattle of the chin, he always loved making other people smile.

The common theme present throughout his life; helping others. 

Jimmy was that one teacher you always remember.  He made learning fun and the classroom exciting.  He played with kids and made an impact on countless lives.  During his tenure at Big Rock Elementary he taught multiple grades, became the Assistant Principal, coached basketball, and was a Boy Scout Scoutmaster.

After his first retirement as a school teacher, he dedicated his time educating, mentoring, and encouraging students as part of the Pikeville College Upward Bound Program. As an avid gardner, he always sought to learn new and better methods to increase crop production. He enjoyed multiple clubs and classes offered by the Pike County Extension Office. During this time he also served as an assistant girl’s basketball coach at Fedscreek High School. 

When Judy joined him in retirement, they became a volunteer power couple. They organized multiple events and cooked countless chicken and dumpling dinners to raise money and support for The March of Dimes and Relay for Life. They also, no matter the time, cost, or need, sacrificed whatever was required in support of their church and community. 

His love for family, kids, and grand kids was unmatched. From trips to Pikeville for piano lessons, dance recitals, and sports games to doing chores in the garden, he loved spending quality time with all those around him.  Whether in the car enjoying a snack and the radio, or making biscuits, peanut butter candy, and goodies at Christmas, he was always listening, guiding, and encouraging! 

Jimmy was truly an inspirational husband, brother, father, papaw and friend. He truly loved and was truly loved.

Visitation will be from 6-10PM Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with a service at 7PM. The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 11AM from the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with B. J. Fuller and Mike Stacy officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville, KY.


  1. Charles l Bertrand says

    Prayers for the family. I remember Jimmy in grade school at Feds Creek when I attended there back in the 50’s .

  2. Michelle Freeman Frederick says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was always so kind and loving to me, as well as everyone he knew. Sending lots of love to the entire family.

  3. Randal Good says

    There have been very few people on this earth with the grace and love that Jimmy had. Two of his children were classmates of two of my children.

  4. Novella & Mike Froman says

    Judy and Jimmy square danced with us.
    These two were a joy to be around. Sorry for your loss.

  5. Kathi Casey says

    I’m so sorry for your loss; my condolences to the family. May you be comforted with strength, peace, and many fond memories. I’m glad to have met Jimmy and Judy and have known Jimmy’s fun-loving character through his loving sister-in-law, Suzie.

  6. Gary Epling says

    I recall Jimmy well. Always was—and will always be—one of the “good ones”…RIP🙏🙏🙏

  7. Vickie Lester says

    Prayers for the family. I remember Mr. Fuller from Big Rock Elementary School and the 7th grade trip to Cincinnati, Ohio in the 80’s. Mr. Fuller was always full of smiles and laughter, he made sure everyone was having a good time. I will always remember Mr. Fuller he left a lasting impression in my heart. Lots of Love to the family.

  8. Ioka says

    He was a great man, a great friend and made the best candy. He will be missed by a lot of people ❤️🙏

  9. Kathy Hurley says

    So sorry for your loss Judy and your family’s loss also ,he was a good friend and loved by all that knew him he will be truly missed in this neighborhood by all!!! He was an easy person to love and he loved all !!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💖💖💖💖😇😇😇😇

  10. Charlene Owens Williamson says

    Jimmy was definitely one of the best! I remember him in school and he made an impression on
    he met, always knew him as a pleasant Christian soul! He will be missed, prayers for his family 💔🙏❤️

  11. Dolly says

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Jimmy was always full of laughs and smile; he will be missed. Sometimes there are no words for a loss of a great person. Praying for healing in the days to come. Thinking of you.

  12. Pam Anderson says

    One of the best , he will be greatly missed .. Jimmy and Judy were extraordinary people .. Sorry for your loss ..

    • Steve Roberts says

      We were friends immediately when I first met this giant of a man … not in size but unlimited goodness , love and caring for others . I will never forget his humbleness but power oh to be like thee my friend !

  13. Dolly Belcher says

    Deeply saddened to hear about Jimmy passing. Jimmy was a fun-loving person we all enjoyed his laughter and smiles. Thinking of you and your family.

  14. Kathryn Burke says

    Alicia, Nathan and children. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person. Peace and grace to all of you.

  15. Karen Billiter Patton says

    Judith & Family:

    Jimmy was a wonderful teacher and Vice Principal. When I was very young, I had to have eye glasses. I could not tell you how many times I had to go to Mr. Fuller’s office so he could fix them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

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