April 8, 1945 - January 26, 2022
To view the service for Coach Mell, please click the blue link https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1643926293164482 Written by Coach Mel's son Gavin: Our Dad, Henry Mell Hulme III (Coach Mell Hulme), went home to be with Jesus and his beautiful wife, Fay, on January 26, 2022. During his 76 years on Earth, he impacted countless lives as a husband, a father, a friend, a coach, a teacher, and a mentor. He loved God and he loved people. He was preceded in death by his father (Henry Mell Hulme II), his mother (Bessie Belle Hinson Hulme), his wife (Fay Perdue Hulme), and his sister (Diane Hulme Vaughan). He is survived by his daughter, Brooke Hulme, of Braselton Georgia, his son, Gavin Hulme, of Between Georgia, nephew Brian Vaughan of California, and niece Heather Schleusener of Florida; and brother-in-law, Jim Vaughan of Marietta. He is also survived by a large Louisiana family of brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, and nieces. Dad was born on April 8, 1945 in Newport News, Virginia to Henry Mell Hulme II and Bessie Belle Hinson Hulme. His father worked building World War II ships and his Mom supported the War efforts while she took care of young Mell and his sister Diane. Shortly after the War, his family moved to Atlanta where he spent most of his younger life. Dad developed a love for sports at a young age, being involved with numerous athletic teams and groups around Atlanta. He excelled as an athlete in basketball, football, and baseball. He was a 3-sport letterman at Fulton High School. As an athlete, Dad always honored God, knowing that God had blessed him with his talents. He also played on several American Legion and travel ball teams. But he did so under one condition – that he could still attend Sunday school and church on Sundays. Bessie, (who was his mother, biggest fan, and supporter), drove him all around the Southeast to his games and made sure he never missed a single Sunday school, 1st through 12th grades. Dad was scouted by the Los Angeles Dodgers for his pitching skills in 1963, but as the son of a teacher, he wanted to attend college. In the Fall of 1963, Dad accepted a basketball scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana College. He headed to Hammond, Louisiana as a city boy in a Cajun world, where he was immediately taken in by his teammates. Dad had a personality that drew people to him. His lifelong buddy and teammate, LJ Dupuy, says that Dad brought a difference to their team that everyone noticed. LJ says that Dad spent his evenings, in his dorm room, reading his Bible. And what he read, he lived. Others saw God through Dad’s life and it made a big impact on them. While in Hammond, Dad met sweet Ms. Fay Perdue at the Brown Door one evening and was talked into dancing with her, even though he was on a date with another girl. Dad fell in love with Fay and decided not to press charges when she hot-wired and stole his 57 Ford one night. He also forgave her when she would intercept his care packages from Atlanta and eat his Mom’s homemade pecan pies. Dad transferred to Louisiana College in Pineville Louisiana in 1964 to play football for a semester. After Louisiana College dropped their football program, Dad transferred to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 1965 to play basketball again. And Ms. Fay Perdue followed him there, taking a job working in the registrar’s office. By then, Dad was fed up with Fay stealing his pies, so he asked her to marry him. They were married in July of 1966 in Baton Rouge. Mr. and Mrs. Mell Hulme lived in Thibodaux for 3 years. It was in Thibodaux that Dad worked construction as a summer job, and he developed a love for building things and working with his hands. He learned the strong Cajun work ethic that he instilled in many of his students and players. He graduated from Nicholls in 1969 with a degree in secondary education and moved back to Atlanta. Dad started his new job as an English teacher and an assistant football coach at Bass High School. The Hulme’s welcomed their first son, Gavin, in October of 1969. In 1972, Dad left Bass High School in Atlanta for Briarcliff High School in Dekalb County, where he continued his coaching and teaching career. There he met his life-long coaching buddies, Tally Johnson and Steve Spellman. In April of 1972, the Hulme’s welcomed their daughter, Brooke. After 2 years at Briarcliff High School, Dad followed Tally and Steve out to the country lifestyle in Gwinnett County, where all 3 of them started new football coaching positions at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It was in Lawrenceville that the Hulme’s put down roots when they bought their first home. Dad loved the Lawrenceville community and his Central Gwinnett family. He helped start the high school wrestling program in Gwinnett County with a team of young Central men who wrestled in football pants and white t-shirts their first year, since wrestling was not in the school budget. At Central, he also began a car driver's ed program and a motorcycle drivers ed program where he may have taught quite a few of you how to drive. He helped develop the Gwinnett County Health curriculum while he was at Central, and he took on teaching health classes as another one of his passions. Dad was a big advocate of weightlifting and free weights, so he became personally invested in helping grow the weightlifting program at Central. One afternoon at the Gwinnett County Fair, to show everyone how his weightlifting had paid off, Dad jumped into a cage with a big black bear and wrestled him - on a bet, of course. Dad learned that the bear hug is not an effective move against an actual bear! It was during his early years at Central that he started building decks and screen porches as a summer hobby. He had a true love for woodwork and for designing and building the decks that would last for many years. He shared that passion with Gavin, his son, and they worked together, building decks and porches for over 30 summers. In 1982, Dad took his first head-coaching job at Dacula High School as their head football coach. There he met his long-time coaching friend and construction partner, Donny Nutt. Together they used their construction skills to build a new Dacula Football field house by hand. While at Dacula, he taught his players the importance of weightlifting and he helped grow a weightlifting program as part of their regular football routine. Dad always wanted to open a new high school, and he was given that opportunity in 1984 when he was hired to be the new head football coach and athletic director at Shiloh High School. While at Shiloh, he continued to build and refine the health curriculum that he had started while at Central. In 1989, Dad went back to Central Gwinnett High School, where he remained until he retired in 1999. Not wanting to sit at home, Dad returned to Central the next year as a part-time teacher and remained in that capacity until he retired fully in 2009. Even though Dad’s career spanned several cities and schools, his heart was always in Lawrenceville, at Central Gwinnett High School. Dad always told us that Lawrenceville and Central were the most wonderful places to work and live. They were his “Mayberry”. Dad was always a closet beach bum and a lover of fishing. He loved taking his family on beach trips and fishing with Gavin and his buddy Bill Sloan. In 1994, Mom and Dad bought their dream lake house on Lake Hartwell. There, they would spend most of their weekends, fishing, skiing, and just hanging out with friends and family. Even though Dad moved from Louisiana in 1969, he always kept a special place in his heart for his Louisiana family and friends. He looked so forward to trips back to Louisiana that in 2007, he and Mom bought another home in Port Vincent, Louisiana, where they loved spending time living the Louisiana life on the Amite River. Dad truly loved his Louisiana family and friends. He even built a “Louisiana Room” at their home in Braselton to host Louisiana folks and to hold Louisiana parties. It was a place where he and Mom could honor her roots and dance away to the good ol’ music. It was amazing to us, as his children, to see how much Dad truly cared for others. He would invite his players and students to our home for meals when he knew they had nowhere to eat. He would buy clothes for strangers when they had nothing to wear. We even saw him buy a bed or two when he knew that someone had nowhere to sleep. He knew that God would provide for him and his family, so he wanted to help provide for others. And doing so brought a huge smile to his face. For the last 10 years of his life, Dad enjoyed his retired life in Braselton, loving on and taking care of our Mom-the absolute love of his life. They loved golf cart rides over to Ed and Martha Lynn’s to hang out on the porch. As Mom’s caregiver, Dad was the most vivid example of love and commitment that we ever witnessed. He woke up every day with the sole mindset of loving her with the love of Jesus. And that, he did. After mom passed, Dad looked forward to spending his days going on drives and lunch outings with his buddies Ken Cronic, Ed and Martha Lynn Hunt, Gary Hannan, A.V. Hudson, Jim Reynolds, Bob Penland, and John Cork. He also loved his adopted, next-door family of Jennifer, Jason, and Sydney Summers, who took care of Dad when we couldn’t be there. Dad was so proud of his children and he took every opportunity he could to be with them. He became Brooke’s partner in crime with her animal rescues and drove many a doggy pick-up mission. He loved grabbing lunch with Gavin or just working on home projects with him. No matter what we were doing with him, he was always imparting his never-ending love and wisdom. And we are grateful for it. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to LJ and Debbie Dupuy who have been an unbelievable support to us over this last week with Dad, sharing their Louisiana love. Rest easy Daddy, and love that dance time with Momma! Gavin and Brooke Obituary Henry Mell Hulme III (Coach Mell Hulme) went to be with Jesus and his sweet wife Fay on January 26, 2022. Mell was a lifelong teacher, coach, friend, and mentor to many people in Georgia and Louisiana. His loves in life were God, his wife Fay, his children Brooke and Gavin, and the many people he called family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father (Henry Mell Hulme II), his mother (Bessie Belle Hinson Hulme), his wife (Fay Perdue Hulme), and his sister (Diane Hulme Vaughan). He is survived by his daughter, Brooke Hulme, of Braselton Georgia, his son, Gavin Hulme, of Between Georgia, nephew Brian Vaughan of California, and niece Heather Schleusener of Florida and brother-in-law, Jim Vaughan of Marietta. He is also survived by a large Louisiana family of brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, and nieces. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, and different variants, our staff is committed to taking care of the families we serve and the friends who support them. We ask all family members and friends attending the visitation and service, to please continuing social distancing and bring & wear a mask as you feel incline. The Service to Honor and Celebrate the Life Coach Mell Hulme will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment will follow at New Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery, 26 Charlie Smith Road, Braselton, GA 30517 (706-654-2406). The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in honor of Coach Mell Hulme. The link for donations is: https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/tf-2022/Member/MyPage/5303977/Tamra-Cantore or to Brooke Hulme - Animal Rescue. (Slips with the information where to donate will be next to the register book at the funeral home.) Condolences may be viewed or sent to www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel 120 Scenic Hwy Lawrenceville, GA 30046 770-963-2411 is assisting with arrangements.
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