Judge George Fuller Memorial Scholarship
George Thomas Fuller was the first-born son of George and Frances Fuller on January 3, 1947. He was raised on a tobacco farm with his three siblings. An avid reader, George had a bright mind and could always be found with a book in hand. After high school, flying became his passion. Although poor vision prevented him from becoming a commercial airline pilot, he was not discouraged. George became a flight instructor and mastered stunt flying. He continued to fly planes and gliders for pleasure until his health prevented him from doing so.
Upon encouragement from his wife Elizabeth, George obtained a college education and then decided to aim even higher and pursue law school. He served as an assistant District Attorney where he honed his skills and became the lead assistant prosecutor in as many cases as his experience permitted. In 1981 he was appointed to fill a judgeship in the 22nd Judicial District, serving four terms. He earned a reputation of fairness and justice. George understood the hardships of life, believed that they could be overcome, and had a lack of tolerance for those who would harm or interfere with anyone making that effort. He told new judges, “do what you think is right, let the Court of Appeals decide what the law is.”
George’s most fulfilling role, however, was being the father of two girls, who were his pride and joy. Both inherited his intellect, joy for reading, and desire to advocate for the disadvantaged. George would be proud that the scholarship in his memory assists deserving students in honor of his life well lived.
The Judge George Fuller Memorial Scholarship is available to Alexander, Davidson, Davie, and Iredell County high school seniors with an emphasis on academics and need for financial assistance.