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Alcorn State remembers Terlyn Pulliam

December 13, 2004

ALCORN STATE, 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.

 

            Pulliam, 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.

 

 

            Pulliam 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.

 

            On Friday, a devastated student body held a memorial service in her honor at the university chapel.

 

            “Teryln 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.

 

            “She cared about everyone, here and around the world,” remarked Williamson. “It’s sad that tragedy hits people like that.”


 

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