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Donald Fulenwider

Donald “Donney” H. Fulenwider, 83, formerly of Texarkana, Texas - awesome father, highly successful restaurant owner/general manager, winner of the Marvin Zindler Blue Ribbon award, championship winning Little League baseball coach, and the lifelong love of Regina, died on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Donney graduated from Liberty Eylau in 1956, where he was a star athlete on the baseball and basketball teams. He was employed at Walsh Lumpkin and Cooper Tire prior to moving to Houston in 1976. He married his high school sweetheart, Regina Adams, in 1959 with whom they had two sons: Robin Fulenwider of Houston, Randall Fulenwider (Laurie) of Kingwood and one daughter Dana Navarro (Larry) of Spring. Donney cherished spending time with his granddaughters, Delaney Navarro, Lorelai Fulenwider, Kaylei Fulenwider and his many nieces & nephews. Along with his best friend and co-coach, Troy Jeter, Donney managed the Carter Braves to the Little League city championships in the early 70s. He continued “coaching” from his recliner while watching his favorite sports teams - the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and Houston Astros. Donney was an amazing boss and leader as well as a father figure to hundreds of people from all over that were lucky enough to work for him at one of the restaurants he managed over the years. Many stayed in touch long after they had moved on in life. A few were even taken into his home during difficult times in their lives. He treated everyone he met as a lifelong friend and would help one of his many “kids” whenever they had a flat tire or broken-down car at the drop of a dime. He enjoyed exchanging stories and playing 42 with friends & family (special shoutout to the Adams Families: Charles, Delinda, Robert and Dee), gardening with Regina and trying his luck on the slot machines at the casinos. He also enjoyed the many travels and adventures with Wayne and Glenda Jones. In more recent years you could find him in his backyard applying Vaseline to the bird feeder pole and chasing away the few squirrels that made it up the feeder anyways. To leave a condolence, please visit familyfirstcremationservices.com.
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