Weatherford Democrat

February 3, 2013

Douglas Marion Pulliam


Weatherford Democrat

— WEATHERFORD – Douglas Marion Pulliam, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

Service is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Greenwood Chapel. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Doug was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Gatesville to Theodore Creswell Pulliam and Mattie Bates Pulliam. He later moved to Fort Worth with his family. Doug served in World War II from November 1942 to May 1945. He received his sharpshooter badge in 15-degree weather at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and his tour began with the 20th Combat Engineers in Tunisia. Doug was involved in three amphibious invasions in Sicily, North Africa and Normandy.

During a battle in the Huertgen Forest on Nov. 4, 1944, Doug was wounded by a German mortar shell and received the Purple Heart. Upon his return home from service, Doug and his brother, Doren Pulliam, started Pulliam Incorporated and Doug went to California to study swimming pool construction.

Doug married Patsy Ruth Daugherty on March 19, 1949. Doug accepted Christ at 6 years of age. He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all. His memory will live forever in our hearts, especially his work ethic, wonderful sense of humor and his spontaneous singing. He enjoyed correspondence with his Army buddies, attending World War II reunions and playing pool and dominoes.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Pat Pulliam; sons, Mike Pulliam and wife, Melody, Tim Pulliam and wife, Janice, and Terry Pulliam and wife, Tracy; daughters, Louise Hankins and husband, Monty, and Lea Crow and husband, Tim; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Clyde, Theodore, Frank and Doren; and his sister, Velma.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or the James L. West Alzheimer’s Center.

Greenwood Funeral Home