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 Albert Frederick Fuller, Jr

Albert Frederick Fuller, Jr

Phenix City, Russell County, Alabama, USA
Death 16 Sep 1969 (aged 50)
Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, USA
Burial Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Plot Fuller-Noble Plot
Memorial ID 11720180 · View Source
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Columbus Ledger
Sept 17, 1969
Page 1


Funeral arrangement had not yet been scheduled early today for Albert Fuller, 50, former Russell County sheriff's deputy convicted of murder in the 1954 shooting death of Albert Patterson just after Patterson's nomination as the state attorney general.

Fuller died Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Hospital
in Tuskegee. He had been hospitalized in Mobile, Columbus and Tuskegee since a fall about nine months ago in Mobile.

Fuller was one of the three public officials indicted fir the murder of Patterson, just after his election marked by a campaign to rid the state of vice centered in his hometown of Phenix City.

Arch Ferrell Jr., Russell County circuit solicitor at the time of Patterson's murder, was tried and acquitted. Disbarred after his indictment, Ferrell applied two months ago to the Alabama Bar Association for permission to practice law again.

Never Tried

The third man, Si Garrett, whom Patterson would have succeeded, never was tried. After lengthy legal maneuvering regarding his sanity, the case against Garrett was dropped in 1963 by then Atty. Gen. Richmond Flowers who said most of the witnesses against Garrett no longer were available.

Garrett died more than two years ago, at age 54. He served
as attorney general from 1951 through 1954.

Fuller was on his job with the Mobile Water Dept. when the fall occurred last February. The former chief deputy had undergone several brain operations since the accident.

After a sensational murder investigation and trail, Fuller was sentenced to life in prision in March 1955 for the 1954 slaying of Patterson.

Paroled in 1965

He was paroled from Kilby Prison in July 1965, after serving 10 years (see FULLER, Page 2) of the life sentence. He had been working in Mobile since his parole.

During the trial and while he was in prision, Fuller maintained he was innocent of the murder of Patterson.

Fuller's case was appealed June 28, 1955, eight months after the trial, but he Supreme Court upheld the lower court's decision, finally reaching a ruling Feb. 12, 1959.

Patterson was shot to death outside his law office in Phenix City. Patterson had sworn to clean up the gambling and vice in Phenix City if elected attorney general.

Brought Cleanup

The murder brought the special grand jury into session for
a vice cleanup that lasted nearly six months and brought
hundreds of indictments. Scores went to prison or paid
heavy fines.

Fuller was also convicted of bribery in accepting $650 from Cliff Entrekin, operator of a house of prostitution in Phenix City known as Cliff's Fish Camp. He was sentenced to serve seven yearss and appealed the conviction but the lower court's decision was upheld by the Alabama Court of Appeals.

The Patterson murder indirectly led to the election of
John Patterson, his son, as govenor. The Alabama
Democratic Executive Committee named the younger
Patterson to fill his father's place as attorney general

After serving four years as attorney general, Patterson
was elected governor.

Returned to PC

Fuller returned to Phenix City to be close to friends
after he was injured in the fall. While in Phenix City,
he underwent operations at the Medical Center. He was
transferred to the Veterans Hospital only recently.

He was born April 29, 1919 in Phenix City, a son of the late Albert F. and Ila Nobles Fuller.

He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the
Alabama Legion, and Wilson-Williams Masonic Lodge 351.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Alice Fuller, Phenix City;
two step-daugthers, Miss Undine Wynn and Mrs. Rowena
Cook, both of Phenix City and four grandchildren.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 11720180
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Frederick Fuller, Jr (29 Apr 1919–16 Sep 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11720180, citing Riverdale Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Jon F Fuller (contributor 46619310) .