March 14, 2009
Robert Grady Fuqua, age 76, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle. Services were held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 2:00 PM with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Visitation was held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, one hour prior to the service. Mr. Fuqua was born March 31, 1932, in Columbus to the late Henry Grady and Louise Kirby Fuqua. He was a graduate of S.D. Lee Senior High, and he attended Rutgers University and Miss. State University. He was employed by Lowndes County Sheriffs’ Dept. as a Bailiff. A lifelong member of First Baptist Church, he was also a Life Deacon and a member of Dr. Perrin Smith’s Sunday School Class. Mr. Fuqua also held memberships in the Lions Cub, Gideons International, North Ms Emmaus Community and Oddfellows Lodge #35. He is survived by his wife – Frances Rausch Fuqua of Columbus, MS; and his daughter – Cathy Fuqua Harrell (Mike) of Fort Worth, Texas. Pallbearers were Forrest Allgood, Sam Bray, Bill Brigham, Frank Creel, Joe King, and Steve McEwen. Honorary pallbearers were the Bailiffs, Lowndes County Sheriffs’ Dept., Deacons of First Baptist Church, Dr. Perrin Smith’s Sunday School Class and Gideons’ International. Memorials can be made to Gideons International Columbus-Tombigbee Camp, P.O. Box 371, Columbus, MS 39703, Because He Lives Bldg. Fund, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 829, Columbus, MS 39703.