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We invite you to the
District VII meeting to be held in Southport on
Monday, August 10, 2015
Registration begins at 9:00 am
Meeting starts at 10:00 am
Southport Community Building
223 East Bay Street, Southport, NC
Parking for the District VII meeting is all “on street parking”. Parking is plentiful along Moore Street, which runs in front of the Community Center Building with very flat walking conditions. DO NOT PARK IN THE ALLEY WAY TO THE LEFT OF THE TENNIS COURTS LEADING TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER – YOU WILL BE TOWED. Parking is also available on Dry Street and on Bay Street. Bay Street parking is at the bottom of the hill on the backside of the Community Center and is closest to the Cape Fear River. There is an uphill climb to get to the building. We will be providing golf carts to facilitate getting from the cars to the building. Please just flag down a circulating golf cart for a ride!
State Vice Regent, Carole Weiss has asked me to convey the sad
news of the passing of Winston Pulliam, beloved husband of State Regent
Elizabeth Candler Graham.
Winston Pulliam has left Asheville for Greener Pastures!
Winston Walden Pulliam was born September 12, 1930 at the old Biltmore Hospital
located in Biltmore Village and he passed away on July, 27 2015 at the John F.
Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Biltmore. During the 84 years in between, Winston
traveled the nation and the world, but he made his mark from his business
located in the heart of Biltmore Village. He liked to say that he was an old
Biltmore boy and the folks of Shiloh, Oakley, and Biltmore were his neighbors,
his friends, and his people. His gregarious nature and natural, open smile
meant he never met a stranger and every person he met became a friend.
Winston was the youngest of three sons born to Edwin Franklin Pulliam and his
wife, Juanita Harrison Pulliam. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by his brothers, Lt. Col. Andrew Franklin "Col. Andy" Pulliam
and Edwin Thomas "Bud" Pulliam.
A child of the Great Depression, Winston's family made their home with his
maternal grandparents, Dr. Nathan Andrew Harrison and his wife, Kittie Mae
Poore Harrison. This necessary arrangement due to the times would have a
lasting impact on his life and work as he was greatly influenced by his
Grandfather Harrison, an entrepreneur and actual horse trader. Dr. Harrison
owned an optometry business, sold jewelry, musical instruments, and traded in
guns, horses, and other items of value. Winston went everywhere with his
grandfather and learned from him the "art of the deal". He was named
after his Godfather, Winston Walden, a close family friend and owner of the
Pocahontas Coal Company located close to his maternal grandfather's business in
Following Dr. Harrison's death in 1942, Winston had to go to work to help
support the family. He began at Evans' Esso Service Station in Biltmore Village
and worked there throughout his school years. Following graduation from high
school, he worked for the Southern Railway until he decided to join the Air
Force in (1950) where he went from Private to Staff Sergeant in 21 months. At
the end of his four year commitment, he was headed from Pittsburgh, PA to
Miami, FL to take a job with Eastern Airlines when he stopped off in Asheville
to see his mother and grandmother. His friend, John Evans asked him to look at
a small service station on Coxe Ave that was for sale. Winston put his cash of
$284 in the cash register and became a business owner that morning. When asked
later in life why he would give up a guaranteed job with the airline, he said
that while growing up in Asheville, it was the independent business owner who
was looked up to in the community.
In the late 1950's, Winston moved his business back to Biltmore when he bought
Tri-Co Service Station from his old friend, Trigger Powers. From that humble,
small station, he created a business built on hard, honest work, credit for
working people, and extended hours of service.
As his business grew, Winston began to acquire real estate as a way to invest
his money, most of it in South Asheville along the Hendersonville Road
corridor. He became instrumental in the commercial development of that area as
well as selling numerous parcels of land throughout the area. In 1983 he
founded Executive Realty which became Pulliam Properties in 1999. While he has
been known in recent years for his real estate acumen, he will be remembered
for his generous nature, his willingness to mentor and support other small
businesses as they got started, his stories, and his jokes. He just made people
happy to be around him.
Winston served on the Valley Springs School Advisory Council, The North
Carolina Environmental Commission, the Asheville Planning and Zoning
Commission, Asheville Water Authority, the Finance Board of ABCCM. Raised in
the Baptist Faith, he joined Saint Matthews Anglican Church in Reems Creek
where he served on the Vestry, participated in helping the church with church
planting, Mission work, and enjoyed a deep, rigorous, intellectual Bible Study
on Sundays and Thursdays.
He was a member of Biltmore Masonic Lodge #446, Oasis Shrine, Blue Ridge
Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the
American Legion. He was proudest that he was elected an Honorary Member of the
Asheville Chapter 104 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and loved to
regale his friends that he was a "Daughter".
Winston is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Candler Graham; three sons, Lawrence
Calvin "Larry" Pulliam, Winston Walden "Rusty" Pulliam,
Jr., and John Thomas "Johnny" Spake, Jr. and his wife, Billie Joyce
Bunn Spake; and by four grandchildren, Dustin Calvin Pulliam, Parker Lawrence
Pulliam, Ava Elizabeth Pulliam, and John David Spake and his wife, Holli Towe
Spake; and by four great grandchildren, Talyn Beckett Pulliam, Reese Marie
Pulliam, Walden Alexander Spake, and Oliver Seabury Spake.
Winston Pulliam will lie in state at Trinity Baptist Church on Shelburne Road
from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The funeral service
will be 1:00 PM conducted by the Reverend Dr. Ralph Sexton and Father Greg
Miller. Military Honors will be conducted by the Shaw Air Force Base Honor
Guard. The family will receive friends at Trinity Baptist Church immediately
following the service. A private family burial will be at Emma's Grove Baptist
Church Cemetery with Masonic Rites conducted by the Masonic Lodge #446.
On July 12, we notified you of the July 10, 2015 death of Myrtle
Manning Pritchard, former State Recording Secretary, due to an automobile
accident. At the time funeral arrangements were incomplete.
Plans have now been completed and State Vice Regent Carole Weiss
has asked me to inform you that a Memorial Service for Mrs. Pritchard will be
held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church; 200
South McMorrine Street, Elizabeth City, NC (252) 338-1686.
Please keep Myrtle's husband Thomas Pritchard and her family
in your prayers at this sad time.
Carol Jutte sent along these wonderful pictures of the Vietnam Traveling Wall
and Soldiers Cross. Look for Carol's upcoming article about the traveling wall in our Brunswick Town DAR Newsletter.
The Vietnam Traveling Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end.
This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.
The Naturalization Ceremony held yesterday, July 3, 2015 was a wonderful experience for all those who attended. There were 127 individuals who became U. S. citizens! Welcome! Pictures from the day .. . . .
A special thank you goes to Connie Hendrix and Carol Bennett co-chairs for the committee of DAR members that spent hours in preparation for the lovely and patriotically displayed food items for our newly naturalized citizens, their friends and family members.
Regent, Diane Kuebert passed out flags to the newly naturalized citizens, while Carol Jutte, vice- regent of the Brunswick Town DAR chapter passed out bookmarks.