Thursday, August 18, 2011
‘A very special person’
By MARY R. MINOR
A crowd estimated at 300 turned out for the dedication of the David Fuller Multi-Purpose Building at Mary Reid School in Potts Camp on Monday, August 8.
It began with a hamburger and hot dog meal that included chips, drinks and cookies.
Mary Reid School Principal Pat Kennedy welcomed family and friends to “David Fuller Night.”
She said, “We are proud to dedicate this beautiful building to our dear friend, David Fuller,” and asked everyone to join her in thanking Don Randolph, Jerry Moore and the Marshall County School Board for making this possible. She also welcomed David’s family who all came out to support him in this important event.
“We want to thank David for all he has done for the school throughout the years,” Kennedy said. “He has been a large part of the lives of many children in our community. We want to recognize him tonight for all that he has done to help the schools. David, this is your night.
“We have a very special treat for you tonight…the ‘Old’ Miss pompom girls are here. Notice that I said ‘old’ miss.”
At that time, the faculty and staff of Mary Reid came out waving red and blue pompoms.
Kennedy then recognized Marshall County Superintendent of Education Don Randolph, who also spoke about things David has done for both schools (Mary Reid and Potts Camp) and then asked him to join him at the microphone as he had a gift to present. Since David is an avid Ole Miss fan, Randolph presented to him an Ole Miss cap, first pulling out of the bag a Memphis cap and putting it on David’s head, which David took off and placed on Randolph’s head. David endured a bit of teasing throughout the evening.
Deputy superintendent Jerry Moore was next on the program. After recognizing him for his dedication and service, he asked David if he would dance to “You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog” if he sang. David replied, “May I sing?” and then sang and danced to his rendition of the Elvis Presley song. (Everyone who is around David knows that he is a fan of Potts Camp schools, Ole Miss, and Elvis Presley.) At the conclusion of the song, David took the microphone and said, “Thank you, thank you very much” in his best Elvis voice.
Leigh Ann Sanderson, Potts Camp School principal, spoke highly of David’s accomplishments over the years that he has been a volunteer. He spent at least 20 years putting up and taking down the flags at both schools.
“He takes his responsibilities very seriously,” she stated. “He can also be seen at every school event and ball game.”
Last, but not least, on the program was State Representative Jack Gadd, who is a special friend of David and who has taken him to numerous Ole Miss home football games. He surprised David and the crowd by bringing in two official Ole Miss pompom girls, Virginia Gilmore of Atlanta, Ga., and Maggie Kilgore of San Antonio, Tx. David was ecstatic and joined them for photos.
Mitch Stone, another of David’s special friends, provided music throughout the evening. He also sang “You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog,” with David getting a microphone and singing along with him.
A slide show of things David does for faculty, staff, and students of Mary Reid was shown to the crowd.
The evening concluded with David and his sisters, Karen Green and Sandy Smith, thanking everyone for making the event possible.
Other special friends attending were Kenny Dill and Glynn Griffing, Ole Miss All American football players who also played in the NFL, and Rayburn Whitner, an Ole Miss baseball pitcher. State Senator Bill Stone, along with other elected officials, also attended.
“The evening was very successful and special for David,” Kennedy said. “It was to be a fun night for him as he is a very special person to the school and to the community. I thank everyone who helped to make this a wonderful event.”
A plaque honoring David for his years of continuous service will be presented at a later date.
To conclude the program she read a poem that she had written just for David.ODE TO DAVID FULLER
By Pat Kennedy
David Fuller is Mary Reid’s friend.
He willingly goes wherever we send.
He visits us three times each day.
But he stops a lot along the way.
For years he’s walked around Potts Camp,
Whether it’s dry or a little damp.
He doesn’t care much for rain, you know.
But he goes crazy when we get some snow.
He spends lots of money on bubble gum
If you ask him, he will give you some.
He’d buy even more to give away
If Karen would increase his pay.
David works better when the weather’s cool
But he fakes injuries when it’s hot at school.
Sometimes we have to bribe and beg
’Cause he comes everyday with a broken leg.
He has two sisters, one’s name is Sandy.
He thinks she’s really, really dandy.
His other sister is Karen Green.
They share a special love between.
There’s a place he loves they call Ole Miss
Bulldog fans better not boo and hiss.
The crowd goes wild when the football twirls
But we know David’s watching the pompom girls.
If Elvis Presley were alive today
He’d have some nice things to say.
He’d say things like, “You’re high on the hog.”
Or, “You ain’t nothing but a hound dog.”
I could go on and on, my friend.
You make us happy. You make us grin.
You’re loved by everyone in town.
If someone bothered you, we’d beat ’em down.
You were made by hands from up above
He created you and filled you with His love.
He sent you here with a special plan.
To save Potts Camp, you’re our Superman.
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