Winston was the youngest of three sons born to Edwin Franklin Pulliam and his wife, Juanita Harrison Pulliam. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lt. Col. Andrew Franklin “Col. Andy” Pulliam and Edwin Thomas “Bud” Pulliam. A child of the Great Depression, Winston’s family made their home with his maternal grandparents, Dr. Nathan Andrew Harrison and his wife, Kittie Mae Poore Harrison. This necessary arrangement due to the times would have a lasting impact on his life and work as he was greatly influenced by his Grandfather Harrison, an entrepreneur and actual horse trader. Dr. Harrison owned an optometry business, sold jewelry, musical instruments, and traded in guns, horses, and other items of value. Winston went everywhere with his grandfather and learned from him the “art of the deal”. He was named after his Godfather, Winston Walden, a close family friend and owner of the Pocahontas Coal Company located close to his maternal grandfather’s business in downtown Asheville. Following Dr. Harrison’s death in 1942, Winston had to go to work to help support the family. He began at Evans’ Esso Service Station in Biltmore Village and worked there throughout his school years. Following graduation from high school, he worked for the Southern Railway until he decided to join the Air Force in (1950) where he went from Private to Staff Sergeant in 21 months. At the end of his four year commitment, he was headed from Pittsburgh, PA to Miami, FL to take a job with Eastern Airlines when he stopped off in Asheville to see his mother and grandmother. His friend, John Evans asked him to look at a small service station on Coxe Ave that was for sale. Winston put his cash of $284 in the cash register and became a business owner that morning. When asked later in life why he would give up a guaranteed job with the airline, he said that while growing up in Asheville, it was the independent business owner who was looked up to in the community. In the late 1950’s, Winston moved his business back to Biltmore when he bought Tri-Co Service Station from his old friend, Trigger Powers. From that humble, small station, he created a business built on hard, honest work, credit for working people, and extended hours of service.