Dr. Raymond Fuller

Born on November 10, 1946

Departed on January 26, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Dr. Ray Fuller was called home to be with the Lord on January 26th. He was 74 years young. Dr. Fuller is survived by his wife, Joan, children; Jeff Fuller, Abby and Jonny Eubank, Gregg and Julie Fuller. Grandchildren: Austin, Lily, Jack, and Sam. Sisters: Mary Hunter, Diane Manogue, and Patricia Francis.

Dr. Fuller has been a member of First Baptist Church Hendersonville for 26 years and served in the choir. Dr. Fuller also taught an Adult Connect Group, served on the Global Impact Committee and was a Bible teacher for 2nd grade children’s choir. He loved sharing Christ with everyone, especially children. Dr. Fuller and his wife Joan traveled with Pastor Bruce Chesser on his annual trips and he cared for those who got sick or injured while they were away.

Dr. Ray Fuller put Christ first in everything he did and had a servant’s heart. He compassionately cared for his patients in every way, from their physical wellbeing to their spiritual life. His loved his family unconditionally. No one could love a wife more than Ray loved his precious Joan. They were married for 51 years.

COVID-19 is a cruel, insidious, selfish, unpredictable bully. It has taken one of the finest people to grace the planet, as well as a beloved longtime member of our community. Our hearts are shattered. Dr. Fuller was the epitome of the old-school, patient-focused doctor: compassionate, brilliant, kind, patient, and generous with his time and resources. Quick with a joke, words of wisdom, or answers to questions day or night. He freely gave patients his personal cell phone number, donated countless hours to NHC, his church family, and the community at large. He didn’t let COVID-19 keep him from the patients that he gave so much of his life to, but sadly, the virus didn’t regard his daily life-saving efforts. Dr. Fuller will be dearly missed and forever be an inspiration to us all.

A celebration of life service for Dr. Fuller will be held in the Worship Center at First Baptist Church Hendersonville on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 4:00 PM, officiated by Pastor Bruce Chesser. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dr. Fuller’s name can be made to the First Baptist Church Hendersonville missions and music ministries.

The funeral home and the church request that anyone attending the visitation and/or the serivce to please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

64 Comments to Dr. Raymond Fuller

  1. Gatha and Julian Avery
    January 27, 2021 6:37 pm

    A great friend and Doctor.

    • Ron Zellem, MD
      February 1, 2021 7:42 am

      Ray was an example of a magnificent person, and a highly skilled and dedicated physician.

      I had the privilege of working with him, and will never forget his sage-like wisdom, and our conversations over a hospital lunch about American History. I picture him laughing with Joan and Abby present, and always looked forward to seeing him. I was disappointed when he wasn’t. He was an anticipated cheerful relief from the daily practice. His humor was wonderful, his dedication admirable.

      I had hoped to see him as a volunteer in Williamsburg, where he at one time wanted to retire. He would have made the perfect apothecary.

      I am sure that he is selflessly attending to the needs of the angels. God Bless You, Ray.

  2. Vernetta Tate
    January 27, 2021 6:49 pm

    He was not just a Doctor, he was our friend. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, he will be missed by his staff, his community, he gave so much to others. He was the old fashion Doctor, who had time for you.
    He has been our Doctor for over 25 yrs. thank you for being in our lives.
    Our prayers go out to his wife, his family.
    We are praying for you all.
    Jim and Kay Tate

  3. Darlene Taylor
    January 27, 2021 7:58 pm

    He was a great doctor and a very kind & caring person. He will be greatly missed. A sad time for all 😔.

  4. Danny and Delorse McGill
    January 27, 2021 8:25 pm

    Dr. Fuller was one of a kind, he was not just our Doctor for 20 years, but a dear friend and we felt he was part of our family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family, his amazing staff and many friends. Dr. Fuller will be dearly missed!

    Danny and Delorse McGill

  5. Amanda Harrison
    January 27, 2021 9:26 pm

    Dr. Fuller wasn’t just our family doctor he was our friend. He was deeply loved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joan and their kids/grandkids.
    Fly High Dr. Fuller

  6. Judi Bell
    January 27, 2021 10:27 pm

    Dearest Joan and family,

    What heartbreaking news regarding Dr. Fuller. I first met him a few years ago, along with you, on our church travels to Europe. I had a minor medical situation that caused me to consult him, and he was such a comfort and treated me with such kindness and reassurance. I loved his dry humor as he enjoyed life so much, and liked to share that joy with others.

    He was quite the choir man, and I know he rejoices in the Heavenly realm right now.

    • Lawrence Hill
      February 1, 2021 12:19 pm

      I just found out about it this morning. Yes he was a great Doctor and I will miss him. My deepest condolences to Dr. Abby and the rest of the Fuller family and staff at the clinic

  7. Judith McCreary
    January 27, 2021 10:39 pm

    He was the best. Made you feel so at ease. Bedside manner was wonderful. He helped our family so much. He will be truly missed by all. Prayers to his family and staff.

  8. Lynda Jones
    January 28, 2021 3:56 am

    My heart hurts from losing Dr. Fuller. He was the best doctor II have ever had. He was a great man, friend, religious man. He will be missed by so many people. He will leave a big hole in the medical profession. Rest in peace, Dr. Fuller.

  9. Millie Harrell
    January 28, 2021 4:55 am

    Sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family he was a great dr he will be missed he was my dr at one time

  10. Becky Carter
    January 28, 2021 10:29 am

    So sorry. He was great man and healer

  11. Roger Lyle
    January 28, 2021 12:34 pm

    Your loss is Heaven’s gain. I am sorry for your loss. Dr. Fuller and Abby have taken care of me for over 20 years. May our Lord above watch over you and your family and give you the strength to get through these trying times. God bless you all.

  12. Chet Powers
    January 28, 2021 2:03 pm

    My heart is very sadden with the lost of the best Dr. I ever had and a close friend. My heart and prayers go out to the entire family and staff.Dr. Fuller will be missed by many. RIP Dr. Fuller ….Chet Powers

  13. John Burt
    January 28, 2021 4:11 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Fuller and to your remarkable staff. My parents were both patients and I have never encountered a Physician that would take the time to actually LISTEN and spend the time with patients that he did.
    He took great care of my Dad at the end, and was such a great guy to look out for our well being after Dad passed on.
    There will never be another.

  14. Sonja Sexton
    January 28, 2021 5:01 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss..have seen him for many years..prayers and love to the family

  15. Denis & Renee Deck
    January 29, 2021 12:55 am

    Words cannot express the void in our hearts. Our loss is heavens gain. No matter how hard we look, we will never find anyone to take your place. I don’t think there’s any doctor out there who would be kind enough to respond to a text message from a patient (me) regarding an ailment at 2am your time from the Czech Republic…but you did! You’ve earned many crowns while you were down here. Now it’s time for you to trade them in for your wings.

  16. Mack and Michele Branning
    January 29, 2021 7:14 am

    What a great man. Always joking and laughing. Mack and Dr. Fuller were always carrying on. Dr. Fuller, we will miss you terribly. We will pray for your family. You were our medical rock.

  17. Melissa Tharp
    January 29, 2021 7:53 am

    This breaks my heart to hear this. He was a great person. He has taken care of my mom for about 20 years & my grandmother before that. My prayers of love & comfort for his family, friends, & patients. May you rest in peace Dr. Fuller

  18. Don Troutt
    January 29, 2021 8:39 am

    I am so saddened by the loss of Dr. Fuller. He was so great. Doctor and I will miss visiting with him as a friend

  19. Jody Scott
    January 29, 2021 9:04 am

    I’m sorry I never met your dad, but I can tell that a lot of people admired him. I will pray for you to have peace and keep your family close to my heart.

  20. JOSEPH TAYLOR
    January 29, 2021 10:06 am

    Ray was an esteemed colleague and friend. He will be truly missed and my prayers go out to his family. May God be with you all as you grieve.

  21. Rebecca & Lloyd Bearden
    January 29, 2021 12:20 pm

    Dr. Fuller took care of Lloyd and I and later Abby took care of me. We have been going to them around 33 years. Dr. Fuller took great care of us and our hearts are heavy that he is no longer with us. Rest high on that mountain for his work on earth is done.💔 Lloyd & Becky Bearden

  22. Lena Schefke
    January 29, 2021 12:37 pm

    My heart breaks for the loss of Dr. Fuller, he was the most loving, and caring Dr. I ever had. He, took care, and brought myself, and my family through so many different illnesses, and will never be forgotten. I love Dr. Fuller, and the family of his. I am so sorry for the heartache they are going through, my thoughts are with Joan especially because you have lost part of you. I pray our Lord blesses them with the strength to go through this heartache they are feeling for our precious Dr.Fuller. I love you all now, and forever! God less all of you.
    R.I.P Dear Dr.Fuller! 😢♥️

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    January 29, 2021 1:42 pm

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  25. Lisa Mencer-Mull & Family
    January 29, 2021 2:39 pm

    To Mrs Fuller, Abby & All Of The Family- THANK YOU for sharing Dr. Fuller with our family and the community. What a true blessing he was. He has not only been a great Doctor to our family but also a great friend. We already miss him and we can not imagine the pain and loss that all of you must be feeling, at this time. To not know Dr. Fuller would be really missing a blessing and I am so thankful that my family and I were fortunate enough to know him and we were greatly blessed because of him. May Dr. Fuller Rest In Peace. May our Lord and Savior bring your family the comfort and peace that only He can in the days to come. May God Bless You All.

  26. Cathy Hill
    January 29, 2021 2:45 pm

    Dr Fuller was an incredible person, doctor and friend. He will be missed. Love you Doc!!

  27. Rosemary and Paul Sharpe Family
    January 29, 2021 3:36 pm

    Dr. Fuller was our Family doctor back in 1993-1997. He was was the old fashion time doctor, that never rushed you out of his office. So very polite and caring to, Me, My Husband, and out two children! When we started going to him, he found that my Husband was diabetic; and that I had several health issues. Mainly, that I had Lupus and Degenerative spinal disease. When I was so sick, he never hesitated about admitting me in the hospital. As time went on, our insurance made us change doctors.
    Rest In Peace, Doc! Thank you for everything! Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and family. 😢🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💙💙💙💙

  28. Debbie Holland
    January 29, 2021 4:12 pm

    Joan! We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Fuller! He was always so sweet and kind! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
    Your friends at Roger’s Garden Center
    Roger and Debbie Holland

  29. Theresa Conrad
    January 29, 2021 8:30 pm

    I have never had a Dr. that took care of me they way Dr. Fuller & Abby have . My heart is hurting because they don’t make Dr.s like they are anymore . I am praying for the Family because I know how much Dr. Fuller will be missed by Everyone 😢 but I know he is Heaven with our Heavenly Father . God Blessed us with Dr. Fuller for many years .

  30. Mary Wise
    January 29, 2021 9:24 pm

    I will miss Dr. Fuller immensely! He was such a wonderful, caring doctor and even more so special human being!! I pray for his family and hope God blesses you all in this time of grief. May He give you peace and comfort!!

  31. Michael, Pamela Barrow
    January 30, 2021 1:05 pm

    Our hearts are so sad we have lost a legend ,Dr fuller is the best man we have ever known, the best Dr. he can’t be replaced, he always made you feel special and blessed, understanding, and never had a bad word to say about anything or anyone. He was Truely one of Gods blessings we loved him like family! Our hearts are truely broken, our love goes out to his family and friends. We feel like God blessed us for bringing him into our family, we know your in the best of hands now, God bless you and we’ll see you again one day!

  32. Richard and Betty Warren
    January 30, 2021 4:00 pm

    Dr. Fuller took care of my mother until she went to Heave in 2006 He was a wonderful and compassionate Doctor. My husband has sang in the choir with him for at least 10 years or more. He considered him a friend and a a good Christian. Raymond you are Heaven’s gain and a real loss to your family, friends and patients. Our prayers and love go out to your family

  33. Gary Triplett
    January 30, 2021 4:25 pm

    I am sorry to learn about Dr. Fuller’s passing. He was a great Doctor, but more important He was a wonderful person. Dr. Fuller always showed compassion and kindness for everyone. He will be truly missed by this community and myself. Thank you for being my friend. I will pray for your family

  34. Christine Nale
    January 30, 2021 5:24 pm

    My sincere sympathies to the entire Fuller family, and his staff. Dr Fuller treated my parents when we relocated from CA, and I have continued my own health care with him and Abby for a number of years. I will always remember his knock on the patient door before entering to see you. He was one of kind and one of the best doctors I’ve ever known. May he RIP.

  35. Sara Cummings
    January 30, 2021 5:35 pm

    Ray is now singing to God and caring for the angels. I am very honored to have known him and blessed by his greatness and care for those on our trips via Dr Chesser. We hope to see him again when it is our time for heaven.

  36. Barbara & John Stewart
    January 30, 2021 8:18 pm

    What a loss for Hendersonville & his beloved family! When we closed our practice in 2017, we encouraged our patients to consider Dr. Fuller as their PCP. Dr. Fuller always had a smile, a kind word and a joke or two to share. We enjoyed hearing about his children & grandchildren. He adored them deeply. Our prayer is for the God of all comfort, to comfort each of his family, staff & patients as only He can.

  37. Gail Franklin
    January 30, 2021 9:09 pm

    Oh , I am saddened to hear of Dr. Fuller’s death. I am so very Abby and all of your family. God bless you and keep you ! He was so very kind. I saw his light every time I encountered him. Praying for you all!

  38. JERRY Brooks
    January 31, 2021 2:55 am

    I WAS A PATIENT OF DOCTOR FULLER FOR 20 YEARS AND CONSIDERED HIM A FRIEND AND THE BEST DOCTOR I’VE EVER HAD.
    HE WILL BE SORRILY MISSED.
    OUR HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND STAFF.
    REST IN PEACE DOC,KNOW YOU HAVE A PLACE IN HEAVEN.

  39. Morgan Alexander
    January 31, 2021 10:58 am

    Thinking of you all as you celebrate the life of Dr. Fuller. He was always so kind and inviting. No matter what kind of day I was having I would leave his office with a smile on my face. Offering my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  40. Ernie and Many-Bears Grinder
    January 31, 2021 11:18 am

    Dr. Fuller was my Doctor and my wife’s Doctor for many years. We are devastated at his passing. We will both miss him so very much. He clearly was one of the finest Doctors on Earth and was so dedicated to his family and patients. The medical care I received as a result of my treatment by Dr. Fuller and his team cannot be surpassed. The caring and concern that Dr. Fuller showed my wife and me made us know that our health and well being mattered even as we grow old. Dr. Fuller was truly one of the very best people I have ever known and i believe the best doctor. Dr. Fuller was our very Dear Friend and we will miss him.

  41. Cindy Marshall
    January 31, 2021 12:44 pm

    It was a real pleasure to work with Dr. Fuller at Hendersonville Medical Center. He spent so much time with his patients, always with a smile. He was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met! I was so sad to hear that he had passed because of Covid.
    I would like for his family to know how very sorry I am for your loss. I know he was a deeply religious man and I hope you can take some solace in that fact. He will be greatly missed.

  42. Marisa Macri
    January 31, 2021 12:56 pm

    My heart is breaking at the news of Dr. Fuller passing. Such a wise, kind, compassionate Doctor. Such a loss for his family and all his patients. My love and prayers go out to his staff, Abby, and his entire family!!! God bless!!❤️🙏

  43. Jeff Fry
    January 31, 2021 5:33 pm

    Abby, your father was indeed a beacon of light and life. I am truly saddened by his loss. May his spirit continue to be a reminder of the love and spirit he shared during his earthly life. My heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family.

  44. Stanley & Theresa Kitchens
    January 31, 2021 6:15 pm

    Our Heart is Breaking. We all loved Doc fuller.He will be trurly missed.

  45. David English
    January 31, 2021 8:13 pm

    I just want to let the family know I was devastated to hear of Dr. Fuller passing away. He was one of a kind and all his patients and family were blessed to have him in their lives. I know I owe my life to him on more than a couple of occasions, had it not been for him I wouldn’t be here. He was so good and loving to my wife as she had multiple medical issues and ended up with cancer and passed away. He actually sat in the stairwell with her and I during a tornado warning and keep a close eye on her and her oxygen. What other Doctor would do that? None, he was one in a million. Abby I am so sorry about your dad, he was so very proud of you! You will carry on his legacy, you have all the best parts of him in you. The picture of him and you in your medical coats, he is beaming with Pride!
    Seeing him in all the photos with Joan and the other kids and all the Grandkids were very special, you can just see the love in his eyes for all of them. You all will carry on his legacy. Thank you Dr. Fuller for all you have done over the many years for me and my family. You and your family and all your loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love from David English & Family

  46. Derick and Fatima Richardson
    January 31, 2021 8:58 pm

    The passing of Dr. Fuller has sadden us deeply. He was such a nice caring person. One of the best doctors we’ve ever had. How many doctors would give you their personal cell phone number? Not many at all. He will be missed! Our condolences to the family. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” Psalms 30:5..

  47. Kiwanis Hockett
    January 31, 2021 10:03 pm

    Omg. I am deeply saddened by the home going of this great man. So so loving and special . I was so afraid when my Doctor closed his Practice . The first day I went He and His staff received me with open arms. Then my family came to him as well. He was a great Doctor so caring. Thanks you . You will be missed. Your Daughter is also a gift from God. We the family of Born Again Church are Praying for the Fuller family.❤️❤️❤️

  48. Demetrus Alexander
    January 31, 2021 11:32 pm

    I was shocked to fear of the passing of Dr. Fuller. I was his patient for about 4 years and he was the kindest doctor I had ever had. I was so surprised after my first visit that he gave me his cell phone number and said feel free to call if I had any questions. No doctor had ever done that before and although I never had to use it, I knew he would answer if I called. My prayers are with Abigail and the entire family and thank God that Dr. Fuller was allowed to visit for 74 years and now he is home.🙏🏽❤️

  49. Mike and sherry milholland
    February 1, 2021 12:40 pm

    Dr. Fuller was my primary care physician for many years and took care of me thru thick and thin. I am forever grateful for his kind and compassionate care. we moved to Savannah,to to be near grandchildren. Sherry and I never lost our memories of dr fuller and we’re very saddened to hear of his death. He will always be in our hearts. Mike and sherry milholland

  50. James & Ethel Cole
    February 1, 2021 1:25 pm

    Our hearts are deeply saddened at the passing of Dr.Fuller. Our sincere condolences to you Mrs. Fuller, Abby, the family and staff. Dr. Fuller was truly one of the very best people I have ever known. He has been a blessing to us and has kept us going through the years especially my husband. I know Dr.Fuller is the reason that he’s still with me, we’ll forever be grateful for his compassionate healing. R.I.P. Dr.Fuller until we meet again🙏🙏

  51. Gina Mendoza
    February 1, 2021 2:22 pm

    I am completely heartbroken of the loss of Dr. Fuller. He was not only such a wonderful and compassionate doctor, he was also a truly kind soul. I know that my patients just loved Dr. Fuller and are also heartbroken to know that he has joined God in heaven. We were not ready to say goodbye. I will continue to pray for the Fuller family and know how hard this loss can be. I miss my father daily. I can still hear Dr. Fuller pass me in the hallway and say “Hello Beautiful” as he makes his way to the cafeteria. We will miss you terribly. Until we meet again in heaven.

  52. Michael Dean
    February 2, 2021 11:02 am

    So sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Fuller. I have onl6 had the privilege of knowing this wonderful man for maybe 6 months, but I knew him to be warm, caring, and incredibly insightful in the few conversations I had with him. The world will miss this beautiful soul.

  53. Ron & Barbara Swiatek
    February 2, 2021 11:21 am

    Dr. Fuller was the epitome of a healer & friend. We are saddened & bereft. Our love, sympathy & condolences go out to his family & staff. There will be no replacement for his advocacy.

  54. BILL AND JANICE DUKE
    February 3, 2021 5:47 pm

    DR. FULLER WAS AND OUTSTANDING MAN AND A TRUE CHRISTIAN TOWARD ALL THAT HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH.HE WAS MY DOCTOR MANY YEARS AND WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.PRAY FOR THE FAMILY TO STAY STRONG.

  55. Summers Chaffin
    February 3, 2021 10:34 pm

    It has been awhile since I’ve seen Ray, but I’ll always remember his generous friendship, warm and caring smile, and his genuine response to be of help when asked. I was truly shocked to hear today of his passing. He will be missed by so many.

  56. Fred Bacon
    February 6, 2021 6:18 pm

    I am still in disbelief that Dr Fuller is gone! He was my doctor, my friend and a great audience for my attempt at humor. When I was leaving from my last appointment he told me how much he enjoyed having me as a patient; said he always felt so much better when I was there. His amount of true care was astonishing and I truly loved this man. My tears were flowing the hardest since I lost my wife on Valentine’s day of 2014. I know I have to get another doctor but Dr Fuller can never be replaced. What a loss to all who knew him are now suffering, especially his family and the staff. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

  57. G. Gaye Mayernick
    February 11, 2021 9:28 pm

    I was so shocked and saddened at the loss of Dr.Fuller, a choir colleague and friend. He was a kind, compassionate person and a great doctor to so many. My prayers go out to his precious wife, Joan, and his entire family! He is already missed!!

  58. Stacey N Morrow
    February 12, 2021 6:42 pm

    I am truly heart broken to hear of this wonderful man’s passing. He was the first doctor that I found that actually listened to his patients and cared. My thoughts, love and prayers are with his family.

  59. William McHugh
    February 12, 2021 7:39 pm

    Dr. Fuller was my Doctor for nearly 20 years. He saw me thru some tough physical times with atrial fibrillation, and a hernia. I will always remember his friendly and wise caring nature. He was not one to rush in and out of the exam room as he was willing to stay with you as long as it took to make sure your situation was taken care of. I will always be grateful for having been his patient. My most sincere condolences to Mrs. Fuller, Abby and the rest of the Fuller family.

  60. Gail & Rickey Rutledge
    February 12, 2021 9:25 pm

    Rutledge family ,
    The day I came into the office to see him. Life was what we talk about .but we also talk about heaven and that was his ultimate goal .and I enjoyed sharing christ with him. And he sharing his love for christ with me .to his family continual to walk as he did before the lord .and every soul he encountered . He bought Joy too . Much love , much prayer

  61. Mary Ann Cassell
    February 13, 2021 6:46 am

    I have been his patient since I move from California over ten years ago. He was my son’s doctor for over 20 years and he recemented him for me. Since then he was the only doctor I ever went to see he was compassionate and always had time to talk to you about anything. He helped me with more than my medical problems he always gave me good advice. I will miss him a lot. I will pray for your family and your friends. R.I.P.

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