Mr. Floyd R. Fullen, 77, of Bridgeport, WV passed away Sunday, April 10 at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, WV.
He was born December 18, 1938 in Wallace, WV, a son of the late Denzil and Eva Fullen.
Floyd is survived by his wife Laura Fullen, whom he married on June 9, 1979; son John Fullen and his wife Xiaolan of San Francisco, CA; daughter Stephanie Luskin of Palo Alto, CA; grandson Porter Schmidt of San Mateo, CA; and sister Carol Bomar and family of Ashland, VA; his daughter Kim Brownstone of San Mateo, CA preceded him in death in 2009.
Graduating from Shinnston High School in 1956, Floyd proceeded with his education, earning a degree in electrical engineering from WVU in 1961. After a brief stint working for Potomac Electric Power Co. in Washington, D.C., he entered the United States Air Force and attended officer training school.
Floyd served 5 ½ years active duty and spent 15 years in the Reserves. He enrolled in various USAF pilot training schools during his military service, was aircraft commander on many missions, and was awarded the Air Medal for flying 25 combat flights in a war zone while on active duty in Vietnam.
His flying experience with the military helped Floyd to become a pilot for Trans World Airlines for 15 years. Between the military and TWA, he visited 70 countries. While flying for TWA, Floyd attended night law school at Suffolk University in Boston and earned his law degree in 1972.
Since his dream was always to enter politics back home in West Virginia, Floyd returned to the Mountain State and was admitted to the WV State Bar in 1974 and eventually entered the political arena. He is a former Harrison County Democrat Committeeman, a former member of the Democrat State Executive Committee, and served eight years as a member of the WV House of Delegates.
In 1983, Floyd joined Frank Abruzzino as an associate in his law practice in Shinnston. When Abruzzino left the practice, Floyd remained in the City of Shinnston as a self-employed, general practice lawyer.
Through the years, Floyd gave unselfishly of his time and service to many local organizations. He was a member of the WV Library Association, serving as State President of the Trustees; served many years as a trustee of the Clarksburg-Harrison Library Board; was a member of the Lowe Public Library Board of Trustees for 26 years; was a charter member of the Shinnston-Lincoln Scholarship Foundation to which he was named as an inductee in 2009; was a 10 year member of the Shinnston Community Band; and was still a member of the Shinnston Lions Club at the time of his death.
Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston from 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday, April 14, 2016. Funeral service will be at the funeral home at 10:30 AM Friday, April 15, 2016. Interment will follow at the WV National Cemetery in Pruntytown. Online condolences and memories can be shared at www.harmerfuneralhome.com