Police identify homeless man found dead outside of church

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 3:52pm
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James G. Fulmer

James G. Fulmer, who was homeless, was found dead early Thursday morning outside of a church on South 10th Street.

According to Metro police, another homeless man said he found Fulmer, 50, dead where he had been sleeping on a side porch of the church. Fulmer apparently died during the night.

There was no evidence of trauma or foul play, according to police, and a forthcoming report by a medical examiner would determine the official cause of death.

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31 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 1/3/13 at 3:11

Am I supposed to feel sorry? Dude was arrested DOZENS of times for public intoxication. He would not be dead if he had chosen to be SOBER.

By: La-La on 1/3/13 at 3:29

Yes, you are to feel sorry for the death of any human being. Good or bad. No wonder your name is Jughead.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 3:42

Wouldn't it be good if we treated alcoholism as the illness that it is?

By: Jughead on 1/3/13 at 4:36

Alcoholism is a CHOICE, not an illness. If you want to see illness, go to the Vandy Children's Hospital cancer treatment wing.

Nope--do not feel sorry for someone who chose to be a drunk derelict.

By: Jughead on 1/3/13 at 4:40

No wonder your name is La-La. You have the intellectual capacity of an soapdish.

By: Jughead on 1/3/13 at 4:42

I NEVER feel sorry when bad people die. I feel good because the world is a better place.

This dude wrote his own life story and drank it to the last chapter. He could have written another story--a better story that involved sobriety.

By: HamBoneHamBone on 1/3/13 at 10:19

Simple question, Jughead. Do you consider yourself to be a Christian? Just a "Yes" or "No" answer will suffice.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/4/13 at 7:38

He's probably a "Compassionate Conservative" too.

By: yucchhii on 1/4/13 at 9:09

JUGHEAD...I just knew when I read this story, BEFORE I even got to the comments, I could TRUST "YOU" would be in there with your IDIOTIC comments. Alcoholism "IS" a disease you MORON! I did my share of partying back in the day and did a lot of drinking and I was fotunate that I never developed a depency on it. I know plenty of people who have a depency and HAVE to have it. I'm surprised you don't have a NEED FOR A BRAIN!!! I have a saying: I USED TO THINK IT WAS MEDICALLY, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR A HUMAN TO LIVE WITHOUT A BRAIN, BUT "YOU" ARE PROVING ME "WRONG!" You need to shut up now as you already have BOTH feet in your mouth...you may wind up with someone out there putting THEIR foot in it too. IDIOT!!!

By: PKVol on 1/4/13 at 9:28

Whatever the choices made in life, the fact is that a man is dead as a result of those choices. It is sad because he was a human being, it is also sad because he chose to not seek treatment. I am sure he had opportunities to change his life and chose not to. Perhaps his death will encourage others to make better decisions and seek treatment, if that is the case, then his death will not have been in vain.

It is also sad that someone would "not be sorry when bad people die". We are ALL sinners, so we can ALL be considered bad in God's eyes. It is only through His mercy and grace that we don't get what we deserve, which is what one poster seems to think this guy got.

By: Jughead on 1/4/13 at 10:09

You people are nuts, and that is why America (and much of the world) is such a mess. Self-responsibility is dead in the western culture, and nobody is held accountable for their actions.

And, you do-gooders take even a step further....by demanding that EVERYONE fall in line with your stupid beliefs.

Dude KILLED himself voluntarily. I see children gasp for the last breaths everyday, and they would have given anything to have the opportunity at life that this drunk idiot squandered.

So, STFU, you liberal idiots. I'm not listening to your nonsense.

By: Jughead on 1/4/13 at 10:20

Alcoholism is a CHOICE.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/4/13 at 10:59

Jughead, perhaps you should look at what happens with the countries who treat drug addiction and alcoholism as a sickness. They are better off than we are in that category. It's not the "stupid liberal beliefs" that are the problem, as much as you would like to think so.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/4/13 at 11:06

Alcoholism has been recognized for many years by professional medical organizations as a primary, chronic, progressive and sometimes fatal disease. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence offers a detailed and complete definition of alcoholism, but probably the most simple way to describe it is "a mental obsession that causes a physical compulsion to drink."

http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/info2/a/aa022697.htm

By: Jughead on 1/4/13 at 11:16

Wrong--most medical providers no not call it a disease. Just those who want to blame someone other than themselves. show me the dang pathogen and I will believe.

There is always a new mental disease-du-jour. That's the reason 1/2 of America is addicted to prescription meds--because idiots like you never want to tell yourselves "no." Blame the "disease", not yourself. Complete BS. QUit drinking and you don't have a "disease" anymore.

You can blah,blah,blah all you want, but this fellow chose his fate. No cancer, no virus, no bacteria---just a simple CHOICE. No tears, baby. Glad I do not have to pay for his court costs and medical treatment anymore.

By: HamBoneHamBone on 1/4/13 at 12:01

You didn't answer my question. Do you consider yourself to be a Christian?

By: Jughead on 1/4/13 at 12:56

@Hambone: Is that really any business of yours? And, please...tell me what that has to do with a derelict who drank himself to oblivion and froze to death?

By: Radix on 1/4/13 at 5:25

Nice HamBone... trying to fit everyone into your categories? Doesn't matter if he's a Christian or not. Plenty of Christians agree with him, and I'm sure plenty don't. Accepting Christ is about understanding that you're flawed. It doesn't mean you no longer have an opinion.

Sounds like you're just trying to find another label to use for someone with whom you disagree. Don't you like diversity?

By: HamBoneHamBone on 1/4/13 at 10:59

It was a question. Asking for only a "Yes" or "No" answer.

The defensive posture taken by both Jughead and you provides me with enough of an answer.

By: truthtold on 1/5/13 at 7:23

Jughead: You are absolutely correct. No one forces anyone to drink. If you drink and sleep outside you increase your chances of dying of hypothermia. If you drink and drive you increase your chances of being in a wreck, killing yourself and others. So drinking and doing stupid stuff increases your chances of dying. If this individual was arrested and locked up for drinking then he was sober many times. He just didn't like being sober. It is obvious he liked being a drunk.

I have many alcoholics in my family, but I don't have any drunks. All of my family members that have drinking problems don't drink anymore, or died earlier of their stupidity.

By: truthtold on 1/5/13 at 7:37

And to you bleeding heart liberals. How many of these homeless people have you gone and gotten and taken them to your house, feeding and clothing them? Until you do that with your own time and money don't even consider lecturing me. I have worked in prison ministry, helped the drunks and paid for drug rehab out of my own pocket. I have even done this for family members as well. Bottom line is I just don't talk the talk I walk the walk so I know what I am taking about. Judhead is correct. People choose to be losers in spite of what you do for them.

By: courier37027 on 1/6/13 at 2:19

Although my involvement with homeless and prisoners falls short of truthtold's commitment, I have worked with prison ministry and Room in the Inn. Nashville Rescue Mission has it right when it comes to not assisting those who deal drugs--requiring accountability for actions. With repeat criminals incarceration seems "someone else's fault" most of the time, or somehow this homeless man's death is society's fault. To quote Herman Boone, "You are crippling them for life".

Christian doctrine requires followers to bring attention of fault to offender. When that does not work, bring a witness. After a couple of tries, the offender is left to his/her own actions. Year after year I see Room in the Inn "guests" make no effort to improve their lot. It is easy to believe they are making bad, conscious choices, and your donations or work are a waste.

By: courier37027 on 1/6/13 at 2:31

Furthermore, those who cry "give until it hurts" are either churches, politicians, and/or charities: three groups dependent on productive people to line their coffers.

By: Jughead on 1/7/13 at 8:07

@courier: Amen. Help those who help themselves.

By: yucchhii on 1/7/13 at 3:41

All of you that want to insist that alcoholism is a choice...are TRULY IDIOTS!! MOST people who know what they come up against as alcoholics are not trying to put themselves in the poisition of being in the cold during the winter. There are people who are alcoholics and have NO CONTROL over it and because people like YOU make it that way for many of them because you DON'T want to be of help and are nothing but selfish a**holes. You CAN'T deny it. Are you concerning yourself with other peoples well being? Are you having compassion for those whose circumstances are BEYOND YOUR UNDERSTANDING? Obviously, the answer to BOTH those questions is "NO!" So then obviously you fall into the definition of that word with A**hole thrown on top of that!! Want to get mad at me? Go ahead, you do so knowing your mad because "I'M RIGHT!" NOT YOU...ME! I would ask how you would like for people like ME to treat you the way YOU would treat that man...BUT, I already know your SELFISH answer, it would be...."I'm not an alcoholic!" Try being one and see what you think then DUM-F*$@K

By: yucchhii on 1/7/13 at 3:41

All of you that want to insist that alcoholism is a choice...are TRULY IDIOTS!! MOST people who know what they come up against as alcoholics are not trying to put themselves in the poisition of being in the cold during the winter. There are people who are alcoholics and have NO CONTROL over it and because people like YOU make it that way for many of them because you DON'T want to be of help and are nothing but selfish a**holes. You CAN'T deny it. Are you concerning yourself with other peoples well being? Are you having compassion for those whose circumstances are BEYOND YOUR UNDERSTANDING? Obviously, the answer to BOTH those questions is "NO!" So then obviously you fall into the definition of that word with A**hole thrown on top of that!! Want to get mad at me? Go ahead, you do so knowing your mad because "I'M RIGHT!" NOT YOU...ME! I would ask how you would like for people like ME to treat you the way YOU would treat that man...BUT, I already know your SELFISH answer, it would be...."I'm not an alcoholic!" Try being one and see what you think then DUM-F*$@K

By: yucchhii on 1/7/13 at 3:47

Oh yeah, by the way, If I get mad about some of these IDIOTIC comments, it's because I GIVE A DAM!! If I didn't care...what would be the point of getting mad? You that critisize alcoholics have never been around people who are and have NO understanding of it. I've been around people who are alcoholics all my life...not out of choice, but because that's how my life went. I don't like the alcohol induced behavior anymore than anyone else. BUT, you have to look at the power the alcohol has on some people. If you don't understand, it's because you don't want to and you critisize and that makes YOU SELFISH!! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!! CUT & DRY!!

By: courier37027 on 1/7/13 at 6:32

Yucchhii, would you say an alcoholic is self-absorbed and selfish? I mean when people are counting on the alcoholic's income and ways to provide, then he/she picks the bottle over work/family/responsibilities the escapism via drink seems selfish to me.

By: courier37027 on 1/7/13 at 6:35

Hambone, feel free to review your Good Book on wheat and weeds separated at the harvest, or the vine master pruning unproductive branches, or Paul's discourse on drunkenness. There's a little more to the straight and narrow than just the Easter bunny, Nativity scenes and feel good all the time Jesus.

By: CZIP on 1/25/13 at 9:15

If you own a large building, such as a church, in an area highly populated by homeless people, and the weather has become dangerous to such a degree perhaps you should ask yourself, "What would Jesus Do?" Well, I will tell you what Jesus would do...he would unlock the door!! The church is being heated whether or not parishioners are in it so why not put it to use!! It is NOT the point that James drank alcohol or may have been alcoholic. (Many homeless drink to keep warm and it give the body the false impression it is warm when in fact it is not.) The point is dear people, James was a man and he died on the steps of a heated and empty church, James froze to death. Judge not lest he be judged says the book. James was a man and he lost his life. Care about that!!

By: CZIP on 1/25/13 at 9:21

Rest~ In Peace James G. Fulmer