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Evans man has enjoyed a lifetime of gardening

Posted: July 21, 2012 - 11:13pm
Hugh L. Fuller, 87, harvests tomatoes from his garden. Instead of the large garden he used to plant when he was younger, Fuller, who saw combat in the Pacific during World War II, has scaled back to about a dozen tomato plants.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Hugh L. Fuller, 87, harvests tomatoes from his garden. Instead of the large garden he used to plant when he was younger, Fuller, who saw combat in the Pacific during World War II, has scaled back to about a dozen tomato plants.

Hugh L. Fuller has been gardening since he was a child.

At 87, the Evans resident says gardening not only is relaxing but also gives him something rewarding to do.

The former Evans postmaster said gardening has been in his blood ever since he was about 7 years old. Growing up in Leah community off Ridge Road, Fuller was an important member of the family when it came to harvesting the summer garden.

“I like a fresh tomato,” he said, “and all kinds of other fresh vegetables.”

Shortly after graduating from Leah High School in 1942, Fuller was drafted into the Army and served four years with the 158th Infantry Regimental Combat Team. Much of his time was spent overseas on the front lines.

“I was shot at several times,” he said. “I made four beachhead landings.”

Christmas Day 1945 saw Fuller’s departure from Japan. Two months later, he would be discharged from the Army and turn 21.

“I was discharged in 1946 and became the postmaster of Evans in 1949,” he said. “I was postmaster for 14 years before becoming a rural carrier.”

Fuller said he can remember when Evans consisted mostly of dirt roads and he knew virtually everyone who lived in the area.

“As a mail carrier, you got to know everyone,” he said.

Since his retirement from the post office in 1980, Fuller has continued to enjoy gardening.

“I bought the first 20 acres of the Georgia Hereford Farm,” he said, adding that he built a home there in 1972. “I’ve had a garden every year.”

Although Fuller doesn’t grow as much as he used to and spends less time in the garden, it’s a pastime he still enjoys. His garden is smaller than the ones his parents had during his formative years, but he said nothing beats a home-grown tomato.

“It gives you something to do and it’s relaxing,” he said. “All I fooled with this year was tomato plants.”

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