What is so unusual about Brad, Brent and Brian Fuller?
It is not the fact their mother, Ferris native Pat (Talbot) Fuller, is a first cousin to pop singer B.J. Thomas of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” fame - nor is it the fact that sons, Brent and Brian, are fraternal twins.
What is remarkable about the Fullers is the amount of time in which the three sons of long-time Waxahachie residents, Jim and Pat, presented their parents with grandchildren - lots of them!
“We went from zero to five grandchildren in six months!” said Jim “Grampy” Fuller, his voice quivering with a mixture of exhilaration and bewilderment.
Remarkable still is the fact that twin, Brent, and wife, Kasey, had identical twin girls … and the other twin, Brian, and wife, Holly, had identical twin boys. The eldest brother, Brad, and his wife, Melissa, had one child.
Brad, a traffic manager for Frito Lay, and Melissa had their daughter, Dru, on Jan. 4, 2005.
Brent and Kasey’s twin girls, Abby and Maddie, were born May 5, 2005. Brent is a fireman for the Waxahachie Fire Department, a position he has held for three years.
Brian, who recently signed on with the Waxahachie Police Department, and his wife, Holly, had their twin boys, Waylon and Brodie, on July 11, 2005.
“Brad was 21 months old when the twins came along.” Jim said. “There were several months when we had three in diapers at the same time. I felt like I had gotten a raise in salary when we finally only had to buy them for the twins.”
Asked about family gatherings, Jim commented, “Everyone goes in their own separate directions and it is very hard to get everyone here at the same time.”
“When we do get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas, we set a huge table loaded with food, but with so much activity, it is seldom that more than three of us get to sit down together at any one time,” Brent said.
Jim feels now that he should begin a savings plan, because he and “Grammy” Pat will have five graduating seniors in 2023 - not to mention the possible number of grandchildren yet to come.
“I’ve drawn a line in the sand,” Brent said. “I think my twin girls are enough.”
It’s a common sight in the River Oaks subdivision to see Brent on his bicycle with a little two-wheel covered trailer in tow as he cycles his girls around the neighborhood.
Jim and Pat moved to Waxahachie from DeSoto in 1979, but have attended the Farley Street Baptist Church since 1973. They have been deeply involved in their church life, and brought their boys up in the church.
Jim retired from Southwestern Bell with 33 years of service. Pat taught school for 37 years, with 25 years at Northside Elementary where she taught second grade.
Commenting about some of her church experience, Pat said, “Bro. Richard (Smith) was preaching recently about treasures, and how many people always think of money when they think of treasure. It caused me to realize that these babies who have come into our lives are truly our treasures.”
All of the friends of Jim and Pat Fuller can imagine their beaming faces in May 2023, when Dru, Abby, Maddie, Waylon and Brodie walk across the stage at Waxahachie High School to receive their diplomas.