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.

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13 thoughts on “Donald Fulenwider

  1. Larry Navarro says:

    Donny was a great man, always ready for his family and others during their time of need. So many great memories. He only called me an “A-whole” ONE time(imagine that) in our 35 years. Of course that was yearssssss ago while watching a Cowboys playoffs game!! Don’t mess with his team, lol. I’m gonna miss that man dearly.

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  2. Becky Peraino says:

    Regina, Robin, Dana, and Randy, I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Donney. I can picture him and my Dad Sitting at the table when we were kids. They were always laughing and cracking jokes. It was always a blast when our two families got together. Much love to all of you.

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  3. Pat Woods says:

    Regina, my deepest sympathy for you and family. May you have peace in the coming days. The last time that I saw you and Donny was at Mary Ruth’s as we packed her up for the move to McKinney, lots of laughter and sadness.. Take care and be well.

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  4. Willene Bodine says:

    Regina, I am so sorry for the passing of Donney. He and Mike, my brother were good friends. Our Mother really liked him. I remember Donney coming by the house and Mother teasing him about his report card. My Love, Thoughts and Prayers to you and the family. .

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  5. Al Crumbley says:

    I have worked with Mr. Fulenwider’s daughter for the last 25 years. In this time, I feel like I have come know Mr. and Mrs. Fulenwider, too. He was a good man and has left his mark on many lives. My prayers are with the family for comfort through the difficult days ahead.

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  6. Shirley Turnage says:

    Donnie was a dear friend to my husband Al and I all our lives. Both he and Regina and Al And I have many beautiful memories that will forever be in our heart. Great Days at Liberty School. Now he joins Al in heaven and we are left here to mourn. Rest In Peace Donnie.

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  7. Aly Ortega says:

    We are going to miss you Donney. I have so many fun and special memories of you and Regina. Thank you for always being sweet to us. Thank you for been there ready to give a helping hand when needed…

    Regina, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathies for you and your family.

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  8. Jimmy Ortega says:

    Donney wasn’t just a great Boss, He was also an awesome person with a big heart, always willing to lend a helping hand. I’m lucky to have worked for him and to consider him and his family part of mine. I have great memories of him and will always remember and appreciate what he did for me and my family. My deepest condolences to Regina, Robin, Dana, Randall and the whole family.

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  9. Efrain Martinez says:

    I also consider myself fortunate to have known Donny. He was very friendly, as if we had known each other for a long time. Every time I went to the restaurant he and his wife would greet me with a smile. I miss his little jokes and friendly chats. My condolences to all his family.

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  10. Jimmy Ortega says:

    Donney wasn’t just a great Boss, He was also an awesome person with a big heart, always willing to lend a helping hand. I’m lucky to have worked for him and to consider him and his family part of mine. I have great memories of him and will always remember and appreciate what he did for me and my family. My deepest condolences to Regina, Robin, Dana and the whole family.

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  11. Carla Pierce says:

    I love you uncle Donnie. I’m so thankful to have had you and aunt Regina, in my life. I always remember laughter, I always remember laughter in your home, and feeling welcome any time. Love you all,Carla

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  12. Nancy Martinez says:

    I am one of the many lucky people who got to meet Donney and work for him. He was an amazing boss, very patient and caring, always treating us like family. I have a lot of good memories and I am deeply saddened that he is no longer with us. I wish I had seen him and his wife Regina more often. They are both very special to me. My deepest condolences to the entire family in this difficult times. May God be with you always. You all are in our thoughts.

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  13. Robin Fulenwider says:

    I love and miss you Dad. You were a great father. I know I was a handful and caused problems. I’m sorry for that. I couldn’t have asked for a better father. Love you Dad..

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