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“To my great mentor and mom - Queenie. Let me extend my sincere condolences on your beloved husband and hero. We join you in celebrating his life and...Read More »
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“To: Mrs. Queenie Pulliam and Family,The Sun, the Moon, the Wind, the Stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the...Read More »
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“To the Pulliam family,We are sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the Lord. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted (Matthew...Read More »
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“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.Charleen Jackson Silver Spring,MD ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Charleen Jackson - Silver Spring,, MD


John Pulliam Jr. entered into eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 16, 2017 at 5:00pm. John was born on April 27, 1930 to the late Mary and John Pulliam Sr. in Camp Hill, Alabama.

John gave his life to Christ and was baptized at an early age at New Hope Baptist Church in Camp Hill, Alabama. He was educated in the Tallapoosa County Public Schools and later earned an Associate Degree in Sociology.

John married the love of his life, Queen Esther Taylor, also of Camp Hill, Alabama, on December 28,1960. Their only son, Timothy, was born in 1963.

In 1952, John was inducted into the United States Army where he served his first tour of duty with the historic 24th Infantry Regiment, making him one of the last "Buffalo Soldiers" born out of the legendary 9th/10th Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers). During the Korean Conflict as an Infantryman, he was awarded the prestigious Combat Infantryman Badge. Later he served foreign tours of duty in Germany, Korea, and Italy and stateside assignments at Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Myer, Fort Belvoir and Fort Lee, Virginia; Ft Ord/Seaside, Presidio of Monterey and Oakland Army Terminal, California. John retired from the United States Army in 1973, with honors.

After a successful military career, John settled with his family in Rockville, MD, where they united with the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and became active members. John faithfully served as a Trustee, until his health began to decline and he was elevated to the status of Trustee Emeritus.

Even after retirement, John was always willing to come to the aid of fellow veterans. He would tirelessly volunteer his time working with veterans to assure they were afforded all their rights and benefits. In addition, John was a Life Member and Past Chapter Commander of the Disabled American Veterans – Ernie Pyle #4 and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW 2562.

John was also committed to the Masonic Order. He was a member of Pythagoras Lodge No. 74, F&AM, PHA; Past Worthy Patron of Zorah No. 36, OES PHA; Suplime Prince of Western Maryland Consistory No. 270; and Noble of Anwar Temple No. 219.

Preceding him into eternal life were six siblings: Ethel, Hattie, Peavy, James, Samuel, and Wilbur. John is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Queen Esther Pulliam, whom he lovingly referred to as "Mama"; a devoted son, Timothy (Cheryl); a beloved granddaughter, Timaya; two sisters, Corene Ellison of Camp Hill, Alabama and Lela Malone of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a special nephew and caregiver, Tommie Abner (Patricia); as well as a host of other nieces, nephews and friends.

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