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September 17, 1950 ~ January 18, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Mr. Sylvester Fulton was born on September 17th, 1950, in Tillman South Carolina. He was the son and middle child of the late James Fulton and Mrs. Ruth Lee Copes - Fulton. When he was one, his mother relocated him and his brother to New York. Syl, as he was known, was educated in the New York City public school system. He received many accolades including writing his first play in high school called, “What’s Been Happening”. Syl with his mother and his brother were members of The Glorious Temple of God in Christ where he was baptized. At a young age he assisted in the church and sang in the choir. However, it is said that after his presentation at a children's event everyone knew that young Sylvester’s spiritual walk would be uniquely his own. After graduating high school Syl went on to attend Brooklyn College. While attending Brooklyn College he got married and soon had a child on the way. In order to provide the best life for his family he left Brooklyn College and enlisted in the United States Air Force. After his civic duty was completed, he was honorably discharged and started working at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, New York. In the early 80’s Syl then went on to work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development at 26 Federal Plaza (New York). This was a transitional time in Syl’s life as he was now divorced. But, also during this time he met and fell in love with his soulmate, friend and wife Leslie Adams for 30 plus years.
During his 35-year career at HUD, he worked under the Division of Public Housing and through his tenure at the NY office he decided to throw his political hat into the ring and was elected Union President of AFGE Local 913. Shortly thereafter in the mid-90s he relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina with his family and continued working for HUD in both the North and South Carolina offices as a Revitalization Specialist. He also remained active in the union. Syl went on to retire September 29th, 2007. After which he traveled with his wife Leslie and enjoyed retired life. His retirement gift from Leslie was his trusty beagle Miles whom he affectionately called Big Fella. Syl was an avid lover of music and at one point he was DJ at a Jazz station. But to know him is to know that he loved music and to dance… he was the life of the party. He had an unmistakable charismatic style that was complimented by a deep velvet voice that was uniquely his own. He lived his life by his own rules and had a saying, two tears in a bucket…. well, if you know you know. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said and if he loved you, he truly loved you. On Wednesday, January 18th, 2023, at Levine & Dickinson Hospice House, Southminster, Charlotte, NC the Lord and his tender mercy called him home to eternal rest. It was his Mother’s birthday.
Preceding him in death was his baby sister Olivia Fulton, one brother Gregory Fulton (1991) and one son Gerard Adams (2013) He leaves to cherish fond memories his wife Leslie Adams-Fulton, one daughter Joy E. Fulton of Apex, North Carolina, one son Clifton Rashad Adams and daughter-in-law Jasmine Davis Adams of Summerville South Carolina, Four grandchildren Madison (Byrd) Morgan, Mason (Duke) Davis, Aria (AG) Grace Adams, Amahra (Sweet Pea) Faith Adams, two sister-in-laws Debra Womack of Harlem NY, Felicia Womack of Queens NY, two brother-in-laws Alfred Womack of Queens , Robert Womack of Wilson NC; a host of relatives and friends as well as his Brothers from another “Mother” Derek Patterson, Micheal Jenkins & Wayne Cropper.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Sylvester Fulton’s honor to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region - hpccr.org