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Penni Sue (Smith) Fulbright

April 3, 1959 — May 18, 2022


Penni Fulbright, age 63, of Coleman, died Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at her residence.

The family will host a visitation from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Family and friends are invited to a funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Seth Moore, pastor of Hords Creek Cowboy Church, officiating and Mark Smith assisting. Interment will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, in Coleman.

She was born Penelope Sue Smith on April 3, 1959, in Tulia, Texas to William Plezz Smith and Ethel Mae Bethany Smith. Penni grew up in California and Texas. She graduated from Coleman High School in 1977. Penni married Denver Lewis Fulbright on September 26, 1982, in Coleman. Penni then attended and graduated from Cisco Jr. College, obtaining her Licensed Vocational Nursing degree. She worked in acute care, home health, and long-term care for many years. Penni also ran “Penni’s Angel Babies” a small daycare in her home for a few years, but her true calling and passion was nursing. Penni loved being a nurse and took great care of all her patients. Her bright eyes and warm personality gave comfort to many patients and families.

Penni was a devoted wife, mother, and Nanna. Her best accomplishment was being a mother and Nanna to all her babies. Penni’s focus was teaching her children to be respectful and courteous to everyone. She was famous about the “Big C,” which all the kids stood in line. Penni loved her music and enjoyed dancing with her family and friends. She enjoyed serving her church and church family; and of course, Penni loved to go shopping and getting her nails done. Her faith in God brought her peace and comfort daily. Penni would always say “My God is bigger than this.”

Preceding Penni in death are her parents, Plezz and Ethel Smith; one grandson, Mathew Smith; and one sister, Joni Villhauer.

She is survived by her husband, D.L. Fulbright of Coleman; her children, Kaci Watson and husband Terry of Coleman, Traci Garner and husband Burton of Coleman, Tim Smith and wife Naomi of Houston, Lisa Morton and husband Charlie of Glen Cove, Sherree’ Carrillo of Coleman, and Denny Fulbright and wife Kara of Ballinger.

Her grandchildren, Ben Watson, Tara Watson and fiancé Casey Bartram, Chelsea Nixon, Paige and fiancé Mark Williams, Brooke and husband Colby Butler, Amber Hunter, Dylan Rader, Laney Fulbright & fiance’ Pam Vasquez, J.J. Murphy, Kaytlyn and James Miller, Merrisa Smith and fiancé Alejandro Casco, Morgan Smith, Malia Bates, Cason Ainsworth, Denver “Brant” Northway, Fabian, Keelee & Kye Carrillo, Keslie Jane and Steely Mae Fulbright.

Her great-grandchildren, Ryan and Branson McMillan, Emily Glenn, Scarlett Watson, Jessilyn and Clifton Nixon, Ayce and Jalen Williams, Charlee and Olivia Butler, Lance Vaughn, Emmett Miller.

Her siblings, four brothers, Butch Smith and wife Tina of Grants Pass, Oregon, William Smith of Coleman, Larry Smith of Coleman, and Steve Smith of Texas; three sisters, Jeanene Turney and husband Tom of Sparta,Missouri, Roxie Beaty of Abilene, and Donna Glynelle of Missouri. Brother-in-law J.W. and wife Jackie Fulbright of Coleman.

Pallbearers will be Todd Franke, Beau Sessum, Tac Stewart, Kayhman Dela Rosa, Zach Johnson, and Toby Terry. Honorary pallbearers will be Teresa Smith, Shelley Robinett, Tena Windham, Angela Whittington, Bonnie Barnett, and Shelby Moore.

Memorials are suggested in memory of Penni to the Hords Creek Cowboy Church, 3900 State Highway 153, Coleman, Texas 76834.

Remembrances and condolences can be expressed to the family via the virtual guestbook on Penni’s tribute page at Stevens Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fulbright family.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Penni Sue (Smith) Fulbright, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, May 20, 2022

5:30 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

Stevens Funeral Home Chapel

400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, TX 76834

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Funeral Service

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Starts at 2:30 pm (Central time)

Stevens Funeral Home Chapel

400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, TX 76834

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