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Darrell Franklin PulliamJuly 18, 1954 ~ May 3, 2017 (age 62)
Darrell Franklin Pulliam
July 18, 1954 – May 3, 2017
Darrell Franklin Pulliam passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 after a courageous three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Darrell was a loving and devoted father, husband, and friend to many. His strong faith sustained him during this journey. He retired from Duke Energy after 36 years of service, where he made close friends who had become like family.
Darrell loved the University of South Carolina, his daughter’s alma mater, and was often found cheering on the Gamecocks. His sense of humor and dry wit endeared him to many, as did his proclivity to quote shows and movies in a way both funny and profound. Always a listening ear, Darrell possessed a caring heart devoted to the love of his life: his high school sweetheart turned wife of 42 years. He enjoyed landscaping in his yard, traveling to Charleston beaches, carpentry, and making others laugh. Some of his fondest memories were spending time at home with family and pets and playing guitar with his daughter.
Surviving are his loving wife, Pamela J. Pulliam; precious daughter, Sarah E. Pulliam; sister, Donna P. Settle; mother-in-law, Pauline J. Cook; sister-in-law, Sandra J. Sheets (Howard); brother-in-law, Herman N. Johnson, Jr. (Renee); and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Homer Pulliam; and mother, Claudine Pulliam.
The family wishes to thank the kind care of Dr. James L. Wells, staff at Lexington Oncology, Lexington Medical Center oncology nurses, and Compassionate Care Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following charities of choice: College of Arts and Sciences at University of South Carolina (giving.sc.edu or 803.777.9109); Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org); Compassionate Hospice Care (455 St. Andrews Rd, Ste D, Columbia, SC 29212 Attn: Jeremy Thompson).
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Barr-Price Funeral Homes have been entrusted with the arrangements.
As Forrest Gump said in Darrell’s favorite movie, “I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both are happening at the same time.”
Darrell will be missed by many, but his memory will live on in those his light-hearted spirit touched over the years.