It is with great sadness but also with rejoicing that we share the news that our dear brother, Jim Fulcher passed away on May 29th. Jim had courageously fought a battle with Leukemia over the past ten years, never wavering in his faith and devotion to God and His people. Jim became a disciple in San Diego and after marrying the love of his life, Lyn, served God over several decades in the full-time ministry, leading ministries and churches in San Diego, Tucson, Chicago, Indianapolis, and most recently here in Cincinnati where he had served as both an elder and evangelist. Those who know Jim will remember him as a “man’s man” but also for his kindness and encouragement. Jim was a fighter and he fought to bring glory to God, his church, and to help people, and ultimately to continue to serve in spite of significant health challenges. Although forced to step out of the full-time ministry and go on disability because of his health, Jim and Lyn continued to serve the Cincinnati Church, helping to lead the daytime Prime Time Ministry until the very end. The impact of Jim’s life continues to be felt by the thousands of lives he touched directly and indirectly through his years of service and devotion. He taught and baptized many, rescued marriages and families, helped those struggling in their faith, and he just encouraged so many more with his words, hugs, and smile. Personally, I was so encouraged by Jim when I took over as the lead evangelist in Cincinnati. Jim immediately became extremely supportive of my leadership; and Jim will always be an example to me of how to gracefully transition out of leading and becoming a support. Two years ago as Jim transitioned onto disability, the church had a special time to honor Jim and his years of service. Another special memory was made just six weeks ago when he and Lyn celebrated forty years of marriage and the church sang one of Jim’s favorites, “How Far Is Heaven?” by Los Lonely Boys. We did not realize it at the time, but for Jim heaven was very near.
Jim leaves behind an amazing wife, Lyn, his daughter Kelly and son-in-law Matthew Scott, and his daughter Lindy who are all dedicated members of the Cincinnati Church. He also leaves his three adored grandchildren, Isaac, Wyatt, and Adelle Scott. Though Jim will be missed, we rejoice that he has now gone home to the Father to await us all where there is no more pain, sorrow, or suffering.
There is no better verse to describe Jim than 2 Timothy 4:7-8; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
A memorial service is planned for Jim on Saturday, June 13 at 1:00pm at the Cincinnati Church of Christ, 4220 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. The church phone number is: 513-842-9300.
Flowers or notes of condolence may be sent to:
Matthew and Kelly Scott
8482 Brookridge Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069
~ Doug Lambert, Evangelist
Cincinnati Church of Christ