A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Gary Lee Fulk died June 24, 2018 at Cone Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina. Gary had lived most of his life in North Carolina graduating from Guildford College with a degree in Chemistry. This began a distinguished career in the chemical coatings and furniture manufacturing industry lasting over forty years. He was Vice President of Stanley Furniture Company, President and CEO of Reliance Universal, Inc., and President and CEO of AKZO Nobel Inc. with plants in North America, Europe, and the Far East. Additionally, he established the Furniture Export Program for the North Carolina Commerce Department and was a highly skilled furniture industry consultant. Well respected by his peers, and a mentor, he served on the Board of Directors for the National Paint and Coatings Industry, the American Furniture Manufacturers Association, the NC State University Furniture Program, the NC State Export Council, and the Furniture Hall of Fame.
He traveled the world appreciating many cultures, and was happy with an ocean breeze at his back or the sight of the fairway on the horizon, but home for him, would always be time spent with his cherished family. He is survived by his loving wife; Derese Gayle, his children; Sherry Bryant, of Conway, S.C., Kathy Nesson of Roanoke, VA., Wendy Harmon of Greensboro, and his sister; Pat Martin of Wilmington. Additionally, he is survived by his grandchildren; Allee Bryant, Heather Cheshire, McKenzie and Seth Harmon-Jensen, Baylee and Cole Nesson, Jordan and Andrew Wade, Stephanie Wrenn; great grandchildren; Harper Quinn, Noland, Avalyn, Colbin, Mitchell, Skye, Spencer, and nephew; Hunter Martin. He also leaves many dear cousins and extended family. Gary was preceded in death by family members, Edith and Claude Fulk and Todd Shelton Harmon.
A service of celebration and remembrance will be held Sunday, July 8, 3:00 o’clock at Sedgefield Country Club, 3201 Forsyth Dr. Greensboro, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the scholarship fund for Fellowship Hall, 5140 Dunstan Road, Greensboro, NC 27405.
And as we can “only imagine”, we will live by faith and not by sight. One day at a time.