MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State Senate recently welcomed Mr. James Cullins, a constituent of Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn), to recognize his military service, professional achievements, and influence in his community.
“My colleagues and I were honored to welcome James back to the legislature to commend him for all he has accomplished in his professional career and personal life. He embodies what it means to be a true American hero, and his lifetime of outstanding service to our country, the state of Alabama, and the Christian community is greatly inspiring,” said Whatley. “James serves as a role model not only for me but for Alabamians across the state. If everyone was like James, the world would be a better place. The impact of his daily acts of kindness and service will be felt in his community for years to come.”
Background on Mr. James Cullins:
An army veteran and resident of Alexander City, Mr. Cullins was born in Sylacauga and joined the United States Army at age 18 in 1948. He was sent to Germany until the end of World War II where he served as a machine gunner during the Berlin Airlift. Cullins also served in the Korean War and was stationed on the edge of Russia. During his service, Cullins manned a tank and was to invade communist territory if Russians shot down American planes over East Berlin.
Mr. Cullins was called to ministry in 1951 and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1952. He attended Freed-Hardman University and was asked to preach at the Alexander City Church of Christ after finishing college.
Mr. Cullins is currently a guest preacher at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home every Sunday, Bethany Baptist, Children’s Harbor, Church of Christ of the Highlands, and Chapman Healthcare and Assisted Living Center. He is the most requested guest preacher at the Church in the Pines on Lake Martin. Mr. Cullins greatly loved his time in the military and preaches at the veterans home to give back to a community that gave so much to him.
Additionally, he helped Alexander City acquire senior living apartments Hillabee Towers in 1983 and helped bring an airplane to the Charles E. Bailey, Sr. Sportplex. Mr. Cullins also served in the Alabama Legislature from 1990-1994.