Alcorn State remembers Terlyn Pulliam
December 13, 2004
Ms. – On Thursday night, Dec. 9, 2004, junior track & field
and cross country runner Terlyn Pulliam was
fatally injured in a car accident
just outside the main entrance to the campus
of Alcorn State University.
was riding in the backseat of a 1985 Oldsmobile with
two other Alcorn State students
when an oncoming SUV struck their automobile. The two
other students and the driver of the SUV experienced
minor injuries. Pulliam was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was 20 years old.
was a beautiful, intelligent and engaging student athlete.
A communications major, she entered the semester with
a 3.13 grade point average. On the track, Pulliam participated
in the hurdles, long jump and heptathlon events, in addition
to running distance as a member of the cross country
team. The Memphis native
attended Alcorn State on an athletic scholarship.
Friday, a devastated student body held a memorial service
in her honor at the university chapel.
was one of our finest,” remarked head track & field,
cross country and bowling coach Herman
Williamson. “She was very high-spirited and
talented. She was a sweet and kind young lady. She had
a heart of gold and will be greatly missed.”
Funeral arrangements have been made for
Thursday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. at Riverside Missionary Baptist Church on 3560 South 3rd Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Visitation will take place on Wednesday,
Dec. 15 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at N.J. Ford Funeral Home,
located on 12
South Parkway West.
Alcorn State will
provide a bus to take members of the cross country and
track & field teams and other from the student body
to the funeral.
cared about everyone, here and around the world,” remarked
Williamson. “It’s sad that tragedy hits people