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Roy Fuller  (Facebook photo from George D. Hay Foundation)

Roy Fuller (Facebook photo from George D. Hay Foundation)

Roy Fuller

Roy Fuller

Donald “Roy” Fuller, 79, of Thayer, Mo., died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 1:02 a.m. in Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo.
Funeral services for Roy will be held Saturday, July 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, 827 Chestnut St., in Thayer.
He was united in marriage at Salem, Ark., on Nov. 10, 1956, to Ruby Jean Holloway.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruby Fuller of their home in Thayer, Mo.; one daughter, Ronda Hall and husband, Steve of Thayer; one son, Ronald Fuller and wife, Kimberly of Thayer; one granddaughter, Amanda Jens and husband, David of Pomona, Mo.; one grandson, Gregory Fuller of Springfield, Mo.; four great granddaughters, Brooke, Tessa, Lorrin, and Addison Jens; one sister, Joyce LaWanda Archer of Republic, Mo.; one brother, Paul Dean Nickless and wife, Sharon of Camdenton, Mo.; special family friend, Sharon Howard; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Beurah Fuller; five brothers, Robert, William “Buster,” Lewis, and Clifton Nickless, and James Clyde Fuller; three sisters, Wilda Kaufman, Mittie Pingleton, and Mary E. Nickless; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ross and Grace Holloway.
When he and Ruby were first married, Roy worked for Eder Oil Co. in Thayer and later ran a Foremost Milk route for more than nine years. He bought his first semi-truck in 1982 and started Donald Roy Fuller Trucking, which he owned and operated for more than 30 years.
He was baptized at the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church.
Roy was a musician and loved playing and performing music. He enjoyed the outdoors and looked forward to deer hunting season each year.
Roy will be missed by his family and all of his friends that shared the love of music.
The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Friday, July 17, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Minister at the funeral is Brother Richard Robinson.
Pallbearers are Darren Honeycutt, Logan King, Mike Brown, Randy Catrell, Kevin Jones and Dwayne Tune. Honorary pallbearers are David Manes and Ronn Hutchins.
Burial will be in the Bailey Cemetery, CR 106 & CR 109, northeast of Alton, Mo, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., Thayer.
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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the George D. Hay Foundation, and may be left at the funeral home in Thayer.
Best known as a steel guitar player, Roy also played Dobro and was winner of the George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame Hoedown Award in 2003.
He was a board member of the George D. Hay Foundation, Mammoth Spring, and was dedicated to traditional country music, particularly from the honky tonk era.
He has played with The Volunteers since 1997 as well as other area bands, including most recently Country Fied. He accompanied Leona Williams Feb. 16 2013, when she played at the Oregon County Country Music Theater in Thayer.
Roy Fuller playing Dobro with Country Fied  (Hill 'n Holler staff photo)

Roy Fuller playing Dobro with Country Fied (Hill ‘n Holler staff photo)