Carl and Viola Fulton

Carl Nelson Fulton (1911-1988) was born in Jeffersontown, KY to William and Joella “Jocie” (Johnson) Fulton. He was one of eight children. William was a farmer and Jocie was a laundress. According to the 1930 Census, the family was living off Middletown Jeffersontown Pike and Carl was a farm laborer. On March 6, 1937, Carl married Viola Drake (1921-1990), the daughter of William D. and Hattie (Bottoms) Drake. She was one of two children. According to the 1930 Census, William was a gardener and Hattie was a laundress. The family was living on Dupuy Street in the Paristown Pointe Neighborhood.

By 1940, Carl and Viola were living with Viola’s family in a rented house on Shelby Street in Jeffersontown. All of the men (William, Carl, and Viola’s brother Chester) were working as farm laborers. Between 1937 and 1958, the couple had six children: Jewelene, Carl, Daniel, Sharon, Roderick, and Linda. Carl died on April 12, 1988 at the age of 76. His obituary mentions that he was a retired incinerator employee of the Louisville Department of Sanitation and a member of the Mount Calvary Masonic Lodge 126. He was buried in Section A, Path 12, Grave 39 of Eastern Cemetery. Viola died on December 15, 1990 at the age of 69. Her obituary says she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Primrose Chapter 93. She was buried with her husband in Section A, Path 12, Grave 40 of Eastern Cemetery. The couple shares a headstone. The photo of Carl and Viola is from “Jeffersontown” by Beth Wilder.