Funeral service for Bob Fulton to be held today

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The legendary 'Voice of the Gamecocks' for over four decades has will be remembered in a memorial service Tuesday afternoon.

Bob Fulton died Wednesday at his home in Lexington at the age of 89. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington.

You can watch the service live on starting at 2:00 p.m.

Fulton retired in 1995 after 43 years as the radio announcer for Gamecock football, baseball and basketball. His tenure with the Gamecocks was the fourth-longest among NCAA Division I broadcasters with one school at the time of his retirement.

Fulton's deep voice and signature, "Hi everybody, this is Bob Fulton," resonated with  generations of Gamecock fans.

He was selected eight times as the state of South Carolina's "Sportscaster of the Year." In 1990, he became the first non coach or athlete to be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.  He was also a member of the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 1994, Fulton received the state's highest award, the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Carroll Campbell. He was also recognized twice by the South Carolina Legislature in 1973 and 1995.

In Fulton's 1996 autobiography, "Hi Everybody! This is Bob Fulton," he described what he'd like to have put on his headstone. "When I made out my 'last will and testament,' I wanted something carved on my gravestone that would bring a smile to someone who might happen by," wrote Fulton. "At first, I thought it would be, 'I'll be back in a moment,' a phrase I had used thousands of times in my broadcasting career. After very serious consideration, I chose, 'WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR."

Fulton is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His longtime friend and personality, Joe Pinner, will give the eulogy at his funeral.

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