Ralph Oliver Pulliam, 82, of Ten Mile, and formerly of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the UT Medical Center.
He was born on Feb. 17, 1937, a son of the late Lester and Georgia Pulliam.
He was born and raised in Cleveland, where he was married and he and his wife raised their family.
He worked for Lonas Construction as shop foreman for 27 years. He worked for Simpson Bridge Company for 15 years, along with other places as a heavy equipment mechanic. He was an excellent mechanic and was known as “The Man Who Could Fix Anything with a Wrench and Welding Rod.”
He grew up on the farm and loved farm life. He bought the farm and he and Wanda moved to Ten Mile in 1989, where he enjoyed the farm life and still worked and took care of his farm and cattle up until his death. He loved horses and mules, loved going on wagon train and trail rides, where he made many friends over the years. He was loved and respected by all that knew him and was the hero of all his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Eads; one brother, Ronald Pulliam; and one son, Ralph Edwin Pulliam.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 64 years, Wanda Faye Pulliam; two daughters: Katie Pulliam and husband, Ronnie, of Cleveland, and Patty Ingram and husband, Randy, of Charleston; one son, Randy Pulliam and wife, Amanda, of Pleasant Plains, Ark.; special son, Keith Brock and wife, Shannon, of Niota; six grandchildren: Marla Jordan (Brad) of Cleveland, Brandy Vasquez (Victor), Dustin Pulliam (Tiffany), Ralph Mitchell Pulliam, Niki Pulliam, all of Pleasant Plains, Ark, and Eilyn Orozco of Barranquilla, Columbia; seven great-grandchildren: Laken Gravitt, Kaylee Jordan, Bentley Vasquez, Owen Pulliam, Luke Pulliam, Max Martinez and Chesleigh Vasquez; brother-in-law, Raymond Eads; special family member and friend, Charlie Ratledge; several special nieces and nephews; and numerous other extended family members and a host of close friends.
The family will receive friends on Friday, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. in the Athens chapel of Companion Funeral Home, located at 400 S. White St.
A Celebration of His Life is planned for Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Herman Jordan and the Rev. Sammy Hooker officiating.
Interment will follow in the Edgemon Cemetery with Greg Buckner, Ray Ratledge, Clint Burrell, Jake Brock, Josh Brock and Jake Harrell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Simpson, Glen Poteet, Mike Burrell and Jacky Burrell.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Ralph, and/or your personal condolences with his family, by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.
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