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Fulks, Josephlocked

(26 October 1921–21 March 1976)
  • Gerald R. Gems


Fulks, Joseph (26 October 1921–21 March 1976), professional basketball player, was born in Birmingham, Kentucky, the son of Leonard Fulks and Mattie Estes, farmers. Later Leonard Fulks served as a prison guard. When a dam was built, covering the area with water, the family moved to Kuttawa, Kentucky. Joseph Fulks attended school in Marshall County and Kuttawa, where he gained recognition for his basketball abilities. In 1941 he went on to nearby Murray State Teachers College. At 6′ 5″ and 190 pounds he averaged more than 13 points per game, winning selection to conference all-star teams after his freshman and sophomore seasons. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named him to its 1943 All-America team. That year he married Mary Sue Gillespie; they had four children....

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