Charles Alexander Tull Jr., (aka“Bobby Tull”), 80, was the eldest child of the late Charles Tull, Sr. and Elizabeth Farrington Tull. He was born March 9, 1941 on the Farrington farm in Newtown, MD. Charles passed quietly in the early morning on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.
Charles’ formative years were spent on the farm with his maternal grandparents, Arthur and Esther Farrington who helped to rear him and affectionately called him “Bobby.” Religion was an important value in the Farrington home with Christianity taught at an early age. On Sunday mornings, Bobby attended Sunday School at Grace United Methodist Church. He would “side-step” a few times; however, his grandfather would quickly discipline him.
Bobby received his formal education at Nanticoke Elementary and Salisbury High Schools in Wicomico County. He found learning enjoyable and easy, but completing homework was a dire problem. He often procrastinated completing his homework or projects. Many mornings while riding on the bus to school, one would see Bobby quickly completing his homework. Mr. Polk Wright, the bus driver, would often say, “Boy, don’t you ever do your work at home?”
While in the eleventh grade Bobby made the decision to enlist in the Marine Corps. On August 28, 1959, Bobby began his military career. He trained at Parris Island in South Carolina and was later stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Bobby loved being a Marine and his service allowed him to travel extensively around the world. He was a dedicated patriot and a proud member of the United States Marine Corps. In November 1967, while stationed in Paris, France, Bobby sustained a head injury which resulted in a medical discharge.
After his Honorable Discharge from the Marines, Bobby relocated to Philadelphia, P.A. where he resided with his Aunt Marie, Uncle Earl and Cousin Mildred. While living in Philadelphia, Bobby earned his G.E.D. and later attended Temple University.
When he returned to Maryland, Bobby opened his own office preparing income taxes in Salisbury. One of his clients was Hester McClees whom he dated and later became his wife. Their marriage ceremony was held on December 20, 1969 at Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury. They were married for 52 years until his death.
Bobby worked as a Bookkeeper, Income Tax Preparer, and a part-time Farmer who sold fruits and vegetables. As a “Jack of All Trades” he would do various odd jobs in the community. For relaxation, Bobby was an avid reader of the local newspaper and enjoyed reading books about classic cars, carpentry and guns.
Bobby’s children fondly called him “Dad.” As a stern, strong-willed disciplinarian, they had to complete tasks and projects “His way”. He was often comical and had fun with the family.
He leaves in remembrance his devoted wife: Hester; two daughters: Lisa Norris of Tallahassee, FL, and Viviana Tull of Salisbury, MD; two sons: Charles A. (Anne) Tull, III of Laurel, DE, and Pedro M. Tull of Fruitland, MD; two sisters: Priscilla L. Strong of Severn, MD, and Lisa (Craig )Eldridge of Glen Burnie, MD; eight grandchildren: Tene`, Briana, Jordyn, Christopher, Pedro Jr. (P.J.), Jasmine, Taliyah and Jeremiah; two special cousins: Mildred DeShields of Philadelphia, PA, James Handy Sr. of Baltimore, MD; four sisters-in-law: Alethia (Stennie) Brickhouse Columbia, NC, Joyce Perry of Bear, DE, Alrethia McClees of Fruitland, MD, and Nannette McClees of Pocomoke City, MD; and one brother-in-law: Thomas (Rebecca) McClees of Columbia, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and other extended relatives and friends.
Charles was preceded in death by his two brothers, Pedro Michael and Andre Arthur, and two brothers-in-law, James Strong and Marion Perry.
Lovingly Submitted By The Family
2 Timothy 4:7-8 (King James Version)
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge,
shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.
THE FEW...THE PROUD...THE MARINES
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