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July 16, 1955 ~ October 4, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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Fred Andrew Pullum, 68, of Carterville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on October 4, 2023, around 12:52 p.m., at his home, surrounded by loved ones.
He was born at home, on July 16, 1955, in Evansville, Indiana, to Fred and Dora (Ward) Pullum, and was delivered by his aunt. He married his high school sweetheart, Jody (Reynolds) on May 3, 1973, in Shawneetown, and they had 2 boys and enjoyed 6 beautiful grandkids. They celebrated 50 years of marriage this past year.
Fred was a hardworking man who worked underground, at Old Ben 26, for just over 10 years and was a letter carrier for USPS in Carterville for over 30 years.
He was a devout Christian husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He served on mission trips, provided jailhouse ministry, served as a youth pastor, and played guitar in the band for Christian Life Church (CLC). Fred was a core member of CLC because of his steadfast love and commitment to living a Christ led life. He also played guitar with his cousin, Danny Ward, and a group which Fred called the “knuckleheads”. Fred was commonly known for being a beacon of wisdom with his sincere love for others and how he had the ability to listen and talk with anyone.
He was fondly called “Pops” and cherished making memories with his family and friends. Fred enjoyed telling jokes, going for Jeep rides, watching sunsets, riding motorcycles, investing in others, watching Cardinal baseball, and life in general. He took many motorcycle trips which included rides by himself, as well as with loved ones, especially his riding buddy, Joel Youngblood. He trekked through the mountains, competed in dirt-track races, and rode all across the United States, during these times he met many characters, took amazing pictures, and shared his faith with others. Going to games, school events and teaching life lessons to his grandkids was a passion of his.
Mostly everyone who knew Fred knew there was something different about him. He was truly an amazing man. His influence far outstretched any title or job he held, he was a man of God and he made his life count.
He is survived by his wife, Jody Pullum; sons, Max and Fred Pullum II; grandkids, Ethan Andrew Pullum, Ruben Mance Pullum, Luke Anthony Heilman, and Sullivan Sloan Pullum; and special daughter, Katie Collins; brothers, Randy (Susie) Pullum and Tom Pullum; plus many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Fred was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Jim Pullum; sister, Glenda Lawrence; and granddaughters, Roxanne and Lily Pullum.
A celebration of Life, hosted by Fred’s family, will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 14, 2023, at Christian Life Center in Herrin, with Rev. Ralph Brandon and Rev. Steve McKeown officiating. Visitation will begin after 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2023, at the church.