Jean Bullington passed away in her home on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, surrounded by her children. She was 97 years old. Jean was better known as “Miss Jean” by her children’s friends and as “DeeDee” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren and their friends. These were names filled with love as all who used them loved her and knew that she loved them in return.
Graveside services for Jean with the family members will be held Saturday, January 30th, at Riverview Memorial Gardens with Brother Jim Black conducting the service. Due to the current Covid situation, there will be no visitation prior to the services.
Jean’s belief in God and her Savior Jesus Christ was her primary anchor on this earth. Her devotion to and love for her family came next. She instilled a sense of love for all and taught us right from wrong and helped us understand the hope that believing gave us, and because of her teachings we and many more have been blessed with these things she taught us. She was much more concerned for others than for herself. Jean did good for so many in taking meals, visiting the sick, and volunteering to help with anything she could for those in need. She was always there for everyone when and if you needed her, she was just a phone call away. She has now been invited to her next family reunion and this one’s in heaven, (Oh how she loved our family reunions and getting to visit with family). and now she is at a family reunion that will last forever. There are so many there that she will be happy to see: her beloved husband of 61 years, Tom Bullington; her daughter, Tulah whom she lost 19 years ago and her daughter Lisa whom she lost 1 year ago.
Jean was born on July 18, 1923, in Commerce, GA to Tullulah Aiken Black and Eddie Black. After graduating from high school, she entered Auburn University from which she graduated and also where she met her future husband and the love of her life, Dr. Thomas H. Bullington. They married right before World War II, and after arriving back home after the war, they eventually had 6 children. Jean was a long-time and faithful member of the Washington Street Church of Christ. She loved that church and all of the members who attended there over the years with all of her heart. We love you, Mother, our Princess and the Pea, and we always will. Thank you for your guidance, your protection, your teachings, your understanding, your faithfulness, your love and the wisdom you imparted to us that made us grow into the children you so wanted us to be. Without you, we would be nothing.
Survivors include her children, Dinah Bullington Richardson of Fayetteville, Betty Bullington Brown of Carmel, IN, Tommy Bullington of AL; and Amy Bullington Cooper of Panama City Beach, FL; grandchildren, John Richardson (Heidi), Paul Richardson (Jana), Wendy Broughton (Matt), Jason Brown (Lauren), Susanna Falkmann (Nathan), Lauren Harney (Adam), Haileigh Schaffner, Casey Parker (Robbie), Katie Cooper, Tom Harold Bullington, III, and Bethany Jean Bullington; great-grandchildren, Holt, Amelia Kate, Ben, Allie, Jax, Lucy, Annie, Will, Wyatt, Avery, Sawyer, Harper, Layla, Gwen, Noell, Brooks, Vayda, Shelby, and Ryder. In addition to her mother, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Thomas Bullington; and daughters, Tulah Bullington Tidwell and Lisa Bullington Schaffner.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Washington Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 324, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Ms. Martha Jean Black Bullington
Growing up on Third Avenue just down the street from her, Dee Dee was a part of my childhood. I have so many wonderful memories of her and the family she raised. Love and blessings to all of them in this difficult time.
Miss Jean was a true inspiration to all you knew her. She was always kind and very sweet to me. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come.
My condolences to The Bullington family. “ Miss” Jean was a precious Lady and loved by all. She and I used to deliver meals on wheels together and we had so much fun . A Beautiful Christian Lady. Loved her!!
Jack and I loved Mrs. Bullington. She always did such precious things. We will miss her beautiful face. I thank God for her and Thank you all for sharing her with us.
So many Fayetteville friends, Central High friends, Robert E Lee friends, and Charlie Bagley Elementary friends miss this beautiful lady and HOME ROOM MOTHER. She surrounded all of us with a love this country craves . Prayers and love…Tim Turpen and family.
Mrs. Bullington was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. She helped her neighbor and my great aunt so often. I have thought of her often over the years. I know she is be missed by so many. Prayers for her family during this time.
Ms. Jean was a true treasure. She taught me many things all while I was the one who was supposed to be helping her. I will always remember the fun we had looking through old photos and the stories of her college life and many many more good times. I am so glad I got to know this precious lady.
Mrs Jean was a wonderful woman & showed her love for everyone. I really admired her & her faithfulness. We are so sorry for your loss
I feel blessed to have been able to know “Aunt Jean” by having married into the Bullington family in 1982. My life has been enriched by all the extended family. I have only the fondest memories of time spent with the family. What a wonderful example she set, and what a legacy she leaves. Love to all of you.
We are so sorry for your loss. She was always so kind and gentle. We are praying for you all.
Van and Melissa Massey
Betty and family
I am so sorry for your loss.
You are in our prayers
Dianne Ables (Parker) Family
Miss Jean and I got to be better friends at Balance Class at First Presbyterian. She always had that sweet smile on her face. Since the pandemic, I hadn’t gotten to see her but thought of her often. Love to her sweet family. She loved each of you!
John, Paul and family we will miss seeing Ms Bullington sitting outside. Our prayers are with you during this sad time but for sure she is smiling.
Betty, may God wrap HIS loving arms around you and your family during this difficult time. Your mom was a very pretty lady and I loved seeing all the pictures on facebook. You are in my prayers. Blessings
Your mother was a special lady. Her values and love will live on in you.
I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Jean. She was an angel here on earth. I spent many nights at her house, and she always made it feel like home. She will be missed by so many. Her kindness was seen by all she met. Thank you for being an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with this special family.
Loved the lady! Such a sweetheart! She will be missed by all.
Mrs Bullington was amazing. Her love for family and her church were always evident to everybody!! She still looked great and will be missed by many! But, she’s with her Lord and her other family members in Heaven🙏😇❤️
‘Miss Jean’ was a beautiful, gracious lady who lived her strong Christian life as an example to all she met. My deepest sympathies to her loving family.
Dinah, Betty, and Tommy you have my deepest sympathy and prayers.
So sorry to see this! She was a true gem! Prayers for all your family! You were truly blessed to have her as your Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother! She sure lived a full life!
My deepest sympathies to all of you. Mrs. Jean was indeed a precious Christian woman. Hugs and Prayers.
She was truly loved by all she met and has been an inspiration in the lives of many. She will be missed!
We are so saddened to learn of the loss of Miss Jean. She was such a beautiful lady, inside and out, and never seemed to age in looks or spirit. Jimmy loved seeing her and was just saying the other day if not for the virus he would have been back to visit her this winter! May God comfort you with all your beautiful memories!
Jean was a very special lady. She will be missed by many and was loved by so many. She is the last in our bridge club, leaving only me. She was devoted to her family and to her church and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Janice Hastings Carr
Paul n John sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother . May you find comfort that others are thinking n praying for you n your family. Jinson n Knott Family
She was a sweet, sweet lady. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe & Dixie Smith
Prayers are with family. She was a blessing.
Dinah, Betty & family, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Sympathy and love to you all. Susie Shewry Kutchi
My sincere sympathy to Mrs. Jean’s family. How very fortunate you all were to have her as your Matriarch. A loving, Christian example to everyone. May you all find comfort in knowing she is in Paradise. Much love to all of you.
Mrs. Jean was LOVE personified! She was Jesus hands to everyone she met. I was blessed to call her “my other mother”. My love and prayers to each family member, friend and church family as we cherish her memory and the love she gave to each of us as if we were the only one.
Mrs Bullington was one of the finest ladies I have known in Fayetteville….. she was a Christian and showed that to everyone she met! I will miss her sweet smile and happy voice but know that she is in her heavenly home. She will certainly be missed.
She will be greatly missed. I will always remember her thoughtfulness and kindness over the years.
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Bullington’s passing. She was a beautiful, elegant lady and the sweetest person.
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort.
Dinah, so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Praying God’s comfort for you and your family.
Mrs. Jean was a beautiful lady inside and out. We are so sorry your families loss!
I am so sorry for the loss of Ms DeeDee. I only knew her for a short time but I t seemed like for .Ms.DeeDee will be greatly missed.I Love you Ms.DeeDee.🥲🥲🥲🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽.
So sorry to all of the family for the loss of Mrs. Bullington. She was a very sweet and pretty lady. I know she will be missed. Special prayers for Mrs. Dinah, John, Paul and families!
Love to each of you!
Mrs. Jean was a precious lady. She always had a beautiful smile and a loving spirit. She served others with grace. We loved her. Our hearts and prayers are with the family as they celebrate her memory. Mike and Sandy George
My deepest sympathy for the loss of dear Mrs. Jean. I loved her so much. She was a true Christian woman. Prayers for her family.