HENDERSON — Bermadine Elizabeth Spruill Fuller was born into this world on Groundhog Day — Feb. 2, 1953 — to the late Janie Delois Baskerville and John Lee Spruill in Henderson, North Carolina (Vance County).
From a young age, she was surrounded in love as she grew up in the home of her maternal grandparents, Elizabeth Green Baskerville and Lehman Baskerville, with aunts Laura, Eva, Rosa Lee and uncle “Bruh” (Lehman Jr.). She also frequented the home of her close aunt and uncle, Laura Mae Baskerville Ford and Rembert Ford, where she had fond memories growing up closely with her cousins Nina, Sherry, Laurie and Harry. She enjoyed them greatly.
She attended the historic Henderson Institute prior to attending the new integrated Vance Senior High School for her senior year, graduating in 1970.
She attended two historically Black colleges: Kittrell Junior College right across town, before transferring to N.C. A&T State University. While at N.C. A&T, she had fond memories of singing in the soprano section of the university gospel choir. She also earned her certificate in aging studies from UNC Greensboro.
In 1975, she married Charles Bernard Fuller from the Mobile community of Henderson, North Carolina, in College Park, Georgia. They resided in Georgia for the first few years of marriage before his job returned them to their hometown. Upon moving back home to Henderson, they soon welcomed her two youngest siblings, Annette and Poochie (Brian), into their home. A short time later, their children, Jabron and later Charmaine, were born.
She leaves to cherish her memory a husband, Charles Fuller; their only two children, Jabron (Ingrid) and Charmaine (Thomas); four grandchildren that she loved dearly, Jelijah and Jabria of Henderson, North Carolina, and Luke and Savannah of Durham, North Carolina; seven siblings, Sabrina Spruill Tinsley of Tampa, Florida, Juanita Spruill Smith (Al) and Ray Spruill Sr. (Doris) of Bellport, New York, Curtis Spruill (Dorothy) of Riverhead, New York, John Spruill (Lorna) of Whitby, Ontario, Canada, Brian Spruill (KeKe) of Dallas, North Carolina, and Annette Spruill Downey (Bobby) of Henderson, North Carolina; a beloved aunt, Rosa Lee Baskerville Isaac of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; first cousins Stephanie Isaac of Henderson, North Carolina, Rose Isaac, Michael Isaac and Gerald Singleton, all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nina Ford Jackson (James) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Sherry Ford Wallace (Lenell) of Durham, North Carolina, Laurie Ford of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Harry Ford (Sofia) of Henderson, North Carolina; a host of in-laws, Moses Fuller of Henderson, North Carolina, Lois Fuller Fraser (Frank) of Maryland, Dr. James “Jam” Fuller (Gwen) of Greensboro, North Carolina, Charlotte Fuller Carter of Maricopa, Arizona, Arthur Fuller (Linda) of West Hills, California, Betty Fuller Strong (Arthur) of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Martha Fuller of Virginia and James Thomas “Tom” Brown of Henderson, North Carolina; a loving godmother, Beatrice Brame; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Bermadine was more than a woman and beyond virtuous. She was a homemaker, a working woman, a loving mother and wife, frugal and thrifty. In the lyrics of Angie Stone, together with her husband, “she held it down and the bills got paid,” and yes, she is “irreplaceable and nothing can take her place.”
Viewing will be held at Baskerville Funeral Home Chapel, 104 S. Chestnut St., Henderson, North Carolina, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, from noon to 6 p.m.
Service will be held at Ashley Grove Baptist Church, 2425 Nutbush Road, Henderson, North Carolina, on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at 1 p.m.
Remember to follow state and CDC guidelines to practice social distancing of 6 feet along with face covering and good handwashing.
Baskerville Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fuller family, and words of comfort may be shared at www.basker villefuneralhomellc.com.