Nancy Newman Fulgham

Nancy Newman Fulgham

NORFOLK, Virginia
04.23.1934 - 01.09.2019
Nancy Ann Newman Fulgham, 84, died peacefully in Norfolk, Virginia on January 9, 2019. Mrs Fulgham was born in Windsor, Connecticut on April 23, 1934, the daughter of Dr. Nathaniel Gross Newman, Jr. and Nancy Chamberlin Newman.

Mrs. Fulgham graduated from Suffolk High School in 1951 and from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1955.  She was the Homecoming Peanut Queen at Suffolk High School.

Mrs. Fulgham was a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Suffolk Literary Club, and the Nansemond River Garden Club.  She volunteered for many years with the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program in Suffolk. She loved Cape Hatteras and was a member of the Hatteras Marlin Club. One of her favorite activities at Hatteras was to start each day by going swimming before breakfast. She was a voracious reader with a particular interest in the Civil War, World War II, and China. She was also an avid and talented cook and gardener, and her needlepoint creations are legion and legendary.

She was a lovely and extraordinary person. Mrs. Fulgham “never met a stranger”; she was interested in people, places, and ideas.

Although a woman of the South for most of her life, Mrs. Fulgham was also a Connecticut Yankee who was proud of her ancestor, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of Maine, the Union hero of the Civil War battle of Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

Dr. William Mathews Fulgham, Mrs. Fulgham’s husband of 59 years and the love of her life, predeceased her in 2014. She is survived by a daughter, Katherine Fulgham Bryant and her husband, Lawrence H. Bryant, of Norfolk; a daughter, Julie Fulgham Galleher and her husband, M. Huntley Galleher, of Saluda, Virginia; three grandchildren: Nancy Bryant Pappas and her husband, Alex Pappas, of Washington, D.C., Charlotte Mathews Bryant of New York, N.Y., and William Huntley Galleher and Alexandra Gol-Chambers, his wife, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and a great-grandchild, Mae Lawrence Pappas, of Washington, D.C.

A memorial service will be held at the Suffolk Christian Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019, conducted by the Rev. Michael D. Halley. Burial will be private in Holly Lawn Cemetery.  R. W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St, Suffolk is assisting the family. Condolences may be registered at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program.  The family gives special thanks to the staff at Harbor’s Edge in Norfolk, and to Mrs. Fulgham’s caregivers, especially Joanne Walker, Ella Collins, Shenay Hawk, Dee Stancil and Cecelia Carson.

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Suffolk Christian Church
216 N. Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. Nancy was a dear friend....she always had a way to brighten a day.
Susan Perry and family at Perry Minnow Farm

Susan Perry

I am so sorry for your loss. I think of you and your family often. Your mother and father were so kind. I remember your mother as always being so upbeat and sweet. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Connie Blair

Connie Pierce Blair

Please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. She was a special lady with many interests. I enjoyed talking about family history with her. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
Brenda and Doug Kincaid

Brenda and Doug Kincaid

So very sorry to hear of Nancy's passing away. She was always such a gracious lady, a southern lady despite her northern roots. It was always a delight to encounter her about the area. We will miss her forever.
Judy and Holt Livesay

Holt M Livesay

t special memories we have of Nancy Ann - loving life in Suffolk, VA and Hatteras, NC. She was gracious, fun, and always loving! My sister and I were so very blessed to spend many summers in the hospitable hands of the Fulghams. Nancy
Ann made our breaks and summers with Julie & Kacky so very memorable. I cannot begin to describe the amazing summers, Thanksgivings, weekends, Easter breaks and numerous memories we shared with the Fulghams and Nancy Ann at the helm.What a gift MCV and the Diesel Housing Project gave the Fulgham-Guthrie Families. We are forever tied. Much love Kacky and Julie - Bunk, Jo, “Bitty” and jen Lee

Anne Berry

The death of your precious loved one is certainly the most devastating experience your family will face. At times, the pain of the loss will feel unbearable. Please know that there are friends who care about you and your family during this difficult time and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. We pray that Jehovah the God of all comfort is with your family throughout this difficult time of grief.

Williams Family

I am so very sorry to hear about your mother. Prayers for your family, wishing you peace at this time.

Martha Newsom Smith

I had talked to Julie about a month ago and knew your Mom was not doing well. I just found out about this and it is too late to make the Memorial Service. I am so very sorry for you and wish I was there to give you guys a big hug and a kiss.
Much love,

Roberta Johnson Racioppi

Kacky and Julie, I have just learned of your mother's death, a few hours after her memorial service. Please know that her bright, friendly, dimpled smile is still a presence for me and that I treasure memories of our friendship with both your parents. Your mother was a clever woman of many talents, deeply devoted to her family, and I know she will always be watching over all of you.

JoAnn Hunter

So sorry to hear about your mother's death. And sorry to have missed her service. She was a wonderful person, loving and kind. It was a blessing to have known her.

Nora Butler

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