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Mullis, Duke

Birth: Apr. 19, 1849
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 1924
Dallas County
Arkansas, USA

September 11, 1924

D.R. MULLIS #2 of 3

D.R. Mullis, age 77 years, one of Cleveland County’s oldest and most honored citizens, died at two o’clock monday afternoon September 1, at the home of Jim Fielder near Fordyce, where he and Mrs. Mullis were visiting. Mr. Mullis was enjoying seemingly the best of health and ate heartily before retiring Sunday evening. He was stricken soon after going to bed and never regained consciousness.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock from the Rison Methodist Church of which the deceased was a member. The services were in charge of the Rev. H.H. McGyre of Bearden, former pastor of the church here.

He was buried with Masonic honors in Greenwood cemetery, services at the grave being in charge of Culpepper Lodge No. 186 F. and A.M.  Mr. Mullis is survived by his wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters: Mrs. H.O. Wilson, Rison, Mrs. N.S. West and Mrs. L.W. Garner, both of Hagerman, N.Mex; J.H. Mullis, Roswell, N.Mex.; M.L. Mullis, Austin, Texas; and C.H. Mullis, Harleton, Tex.; S.K. Mullis, Menard, Texas.


Mr. Mullis was born April 19, 1847, in the state of North Carolina. In 1859 when a mere boy he moved with his parents to Arkansas and located in Cleveland County. In 1871 he was married to Miss Betty Jane Rutledge who survives him.

Mr. and Mrs. Mullis were the parents of 10 children, seven of whom are still living. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Mullis made their home in Whiteoak township, leaving there in 1900 and moving to Texas where he lived for five years. He then moved to New Mexico where he remained only three years, returning to Texas where he lived until three years ago when he came here for the benefit of his wife’s health. Until his death he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. H.O. Wilson.

Thirty years ago Mr. Mullis professed religion and became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church to which church he was a valued member until last summer when he and his wife united with the Methodist church here. He was a worthy member of the Masonic order. Mr. Mullis was a most influential citizen of his community and readily gave of his time and money to all worthy causes that tended for the betterment of those about him.

He was most interested in the churches and schools. The Mullis School house in Whiteoak township was named in his honor as the donor of the land upon which it was erected.

His bouyant, cheerful mood toward everyone; his sympathetic heart for those in sorrow and his philanthropic spirit toward all about him stamped him a man among men and endeared him to hundreds of friends who mourn his passing. “He fought the good fight, he has finished his course, he kept the faith and we know the joys immortal are his”.

November 20, 1924

D.R. MULLIS #3 of 3

The subject of this sketch was born in South Carolina in the year 1847, on the 19th day of April. In 1859 he came to Arkansas with his parents who made their home in Whiteoak township. He married Miss Bessie Rutledge in 1871 to which union ten children were born. They lived in Cleveland county until 1900 when they moved to Texas. After five years residence in Texas he moved his family to New Mexico but after three years returned to Texas, remaining there until he moved back to Arkansas where he spent the remainder of his life. His home after returning to Arkansas was with his daughter, Mrs. H.O. Wilson at Rison.

His death occured at Fordyce, Sept. 1, 1924, where he was visiting, but the body was brought back to Rison for burial.

He was buried by Culpepper Lodge No. 186, with Masonic honors, which lodge made him a Mason more than 35 years ago. Brother Mullis professed religion about 30 years ago and joined the Presbyterian church and was a member until shortly before his death when he united with the Methodist Church at Rison.

He was a faithful husband and father. As a man he was energetic and enterprising, a good citizen of telling influence and high standing among his fellow men. In his going we mourn the departure of a good and useful brother, and in faith we hope to meet him again in peace when we shall all stand before the Master of the Universe; and hear from the lips of the Chief Architect, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”A.N. Stanfield, J.M. McMurtrey, J.W. Elrod, committee.

Family links:
Bettie Jane Rutledge Mullis (1853 – 1930)

Greenwood Cemetery
Cleveland County
Arkansas, USA

Created by: Marilyn Connell-Warren
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40446480

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