Max Arthur Mullis

On July 30, 2011, our beloved father, grandfather, and friend, Max Arthur Mullis, 99, of Panama City, Fla., went to be with his Lord and Savior.

He was born in Geneva County, Ala., and had lived in Panama City since 1937. Max retired after 36 years at International Paper Company. He loved to hunt and fish, and made wooden birdhouses and CB antennas. Max also helped develop the electric motor for deep-sea fishing. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Callaway Lodge 369, F & AM, and the Order of the Eastern Star at Parker Lodge 142.

Max was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Mary Bernice Mullis; his parents; and seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his son, Jerry Mullis (JoAnn) of Parker, Fla.; his daughter, Norma Bowen (Jerry) of Callaway, Fla.; grandsons, Keith Bowen (Angela) of Panama City, Kevin Bowen (Robin) of Panama City, Kerry Bowen (Yvonne) of Youngstown, Fla., and Jeremy Mullis of Panama City; his granddaughters, Kathy Mills (Danny) of Deer Point Lake, Fla., and Jennifer Marsellis (Chad) of Tacoma, Wash.; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Immanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Bowen and the Rev. Chris Roberts officiating. Interment with Masonic rites at graveside will follow at 4 p.m. at Red Bay Cemetery in Walton County, Fla. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, with Eastern Star rites at visitation.

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