Alfred Wayne Pulliam – December 4, 2014

Alfred Wayne Pulliam, 72, died peacefully at his home in Vega on December 4, 2014.  Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Vega.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.Pulliam Obit Photo
Wayne was born on September 16, 1942 in Portales, New Mexico, the second of two children born to Alfred and Clara Pulliam.  He spent the majority of his life in the Amarillo area.  As a child, he lived in the small community of Ady, located just off of Tascosa Road close to the Canadian River in Northwest Potter County.  Wayne attended a one-room school house close to the Old Tascosa community before attending 9th grade at Nixson Junior High and 10th grade at Tascosa High School.  After leaving high school a little early, Wayne entered the workforce and later attended seminary at Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Missouri.  On August 15, 1963, Wayne married the love of his life, Glenda Jo Mendenhall, a partnership that would span more than 52 years and include 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  Wayne was the quintessential gravel picker, spending over 40 years working for Texas Sand & Gravel, working his way up to the position of company superintendent before retiring in 2009.  Wayne was also an ordained minister, serving as a volunteer lay member with Grace Baptist Church in Portland, Maine after leaving seminary in the early 1970s, and as the pastor of the Fundamental Baptist Church in Wellington, Texas from 1976 to 1978.  Wayne moved the family to Amarillo for a brief time before settling in Vega in 1980, where he proudly lived until his death.  Wayne was a good boss and a company man who could operate any type of heavy machinery.  In all the ways that really matter, Wayne was an exceptional husband and father – he was kind, generous, hard-working and compassionate.  He spent the last years of his life enjoying time with his family and travelling.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jimmy Pulliam, and granddaughter, Kami Vines.  He is survived by his loving wife, Glenda Pulliam; two daughters:  Teresa Vines and husband Jay of Hartley, and Becky Pulliam of Tomball; a son:  Lynn Pulliam and wife Lawana of Amarillo; 7 grandchildren:  Crystal, Chad and wife Sam, KayLynn, Stephen, Bailey, Rylee, and Clara; 3 great grandchildren:  Aralyn, Gaege, and TJ; his sister:  Betty Weeks and husband Leonard of Amarillo; a sister-in-law, Katy Woods and husband Steve; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great friends.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 on Sunday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation, 1600 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106.

0 Replies to “Alfred Wayne Pulliam – December 4, 2014”

  1. So very sorry for the loss of your awesome dad — what a blessing in life to have such a wonderful example to lead you in life To give respect, honor, trust, love as well as a tremendous work ethic — awesome gifts to be with you forever.
    God bless you and keep you now and always.
    Sheryl Sooter

  2. I will always remember Wayne for his kindness, his generosity, and his willingness to welcome me into his home. His good nature and quick laugh will be dearly missed. Some of my favorite memories of my time in the Panhandle were those days gathered around the Pulliam dinner table eating Glenda’s cooking with Wayne, Glenda and Lynn. I think Wayne enjoyed eating her great food more than I did, which is pretty hard to believe. I wish God’s peace and blessing on the Pulliam family and the Edwards’ family will keep all of ya’ll in our prayers.

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