Ann Willis Cullum

  • Born: February 19, 1938
  • Died: October 5, 2018
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Ann Willis Cullum, of Charleston, SC, wife of Furman R. Cullum, entered into eternal rest on October 5, 2018. Her Funeral Service will be held Monday, October 8, 2018 in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends in Stuhr's West Ashley Chapel from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC.

She was born on February 19, 1938, in Greenwood, SC to Jerald and Mildred Willis, Ann graduated from Greenwood High School, attended Converse College in Spartanburg, SC and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. After her graduation, she and Furman were married and she found a job teaching at Walhalla High School while Furman completed his last year in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson. Ann's father was a Clemson graduate, and her blood has always run orange. Even though Ann's degree was in history, she was always very good in algebra and that is what she taught at Walhalla. After Furman's graduation and his receipt of a commission in the U.S. Army, they moved to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for two years. It was there her oldest son Furman R. Cullum, III, was born.

After that the couple returned to Greenwood where her middle son Thomas Wells Cullum was born. Two years later they moved to Greenville where her youngest son Richard Christopher Cullum was born. In two more years the family moved to Charleston which has been their home for over 50 years.

While the boys attended public school in West Ashley, Ann frequently was a substitute teacher at the schools they attended. Later she worked in the family business where she served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Ann was active in community activities and enjoyed cooking, Clemson football and travel, but always her family came first. She arranged her work schedule to be available when the boys were out of school.

In 1994 Ann was stricken with Encephalitis which left her with no short-term memory, retaining her long-term memory. As time passed, she required more and more day to day supervision. In 2010 she fell and fractured a hip which required a stay in rehab. Returning home, she required constant care until finally she had to move to a nursing home, and was in and out of Roper-St. Francis Hospital several times.

The family wants to thank the staff at the hospital and NHC Healthcare, 2230 Ashley Crossing Drive for their care.

Ann is predeceased by her parents and one younger brother, William (Bill) Willis. She is survived by her husband, Furman, her sons, Rudy (Robbin) Cullum, Tom Cullum, Chris (Tiffney) Cullum and daughter-in-law, Angie Kaho, and her six grandchildren and brother Thomas (Tom) Willis (Linda).

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I will always remember her strength and compassion. She was the ultimate in being a team leader and a team player in all things in life. She was and is one of my heroes

Posted by Tom Frisby - Charleston, SC - friend   September 29, 2019

Furman & Family: I was deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Will be thinking of you as you are going through this time. Your Friend: Robert Maguire

Posted by Robert Maguire - Charleston, SC - friend   October 12, 2018

Dear Furman & Family:
I was deeply sadden to learn of your loss. Thinking of you and the family as you go through this.
Your Friend,
Robert Maguire

Posted by Robert Charles Maguire - Charleston, SC - Friend   October 11, 2018

Ann is one of the finest people I have known. I learned so much from her She will always live in my heart

Posted by Tom Frisby    October 08, 2018

Mr. Cullum and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Although Ann is gone, she will be forever in your hearts. She was such a delightful and uplifting person and it was a pleasure knowing her. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Darlene Griffin - Summerville, SC - Coworker   October 08, 2018

My love and prayers go out to family & friends during this time.

Posted by Tracy Erickson - Goose Creek, SC   October 08, 2018

So sorry for your loss. We will be sending prayers to the entire family. Blake Pearce and Family

Posted by A friend   October 08, 2018

Prayers and Condolences to Rudy and the family. Take comfort in the fact that you will see her again.

Posted by Kurt Taylor - North Charleston, SC - Family Friend   October 08, 2018

We enjoyed skiing with Ann for many years. Even after her medical problem in the 90's she could ski better than me. She lived for Furman and her wonderful sons. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Nancy Moody - Family Friend   October 08, 2018

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

Posted by Tami Blanchard - Summerville, SC   October 08, 2018


It was an honor to know Mrs. Cullum. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Jessica Brown - Charleston, SC   October 07, 2018

Furman and family,I am so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Paige Hayes

Posted by Paige Hayes - Rockville, VA   October 07, 2018

My prayers are with you and your family. Ms. Ann was a wonderful lady and will be missed.

Posted by Kim Cooper - Moncks Corner, SC - Friend   October 07, 2018

Our thought's and prayers are with you and your family Furman, Rudy, Chris and Tom.

Posted by Charlie Aimar - Charleston, SC - Friend   October 07, 2018

Ann was the consummate southern lady and it was my pleasure to know and love her. I learned so much from her that has and will help me live a better life. Thank you my precious Ann. I will carry you in my heart forever.
With mush love,

Carole Spradlin.

Posted by Carole Spradlin - Charleston, SC - Family   October 06, 2018

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