Henry Paul Mullis, 81, of 410 Lake Mullis Road, Harmony, passed away peacefully Monday, June 29, 2009, at his home after 10 years of declining health.
Born on July 14, 1927, in Iredell County, he was the son of the late Henry Clay Mullis and Rosa Smith Mullis.
Mr. Mullis was a retired road construction worker and tobacco farmer. He was the operator of a motor grader and helped build many roads, mostly in the Midwest. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. After not being able to work, he looked forward to his afternoon ride, stopping for ice cream and seeing what the farmers were doing. He enjoyed TV, especially Friday night wrestling and Saturday night Bill Gaither classic gospel music.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Mullis was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lucille York.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Freda Weatherman Mullis; a brother, James C. Mullis and wife, Shelby, of Harmony; two sisters, Pauline Peterson, of Silver Springs, Md., and Ola Mae Daniels, of North Charleston, S.C., and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Winthrop Friends Meeting with the Rev. Milton Jordan and the Rev. Harold Salmons officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Burial will follow at Winthrop Friends Meeting Cemetery.
The body will lie in state for 30 minutes. James Charles Mullis, James Mitchell, Clay York, Joe Binkley, Todd Elmore and Harry Howell will be pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Winthrop Friends Meeting, 262 Winthrop Road, Harmony, NC 28634 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
Full military honors will be accorded at the graveside by the Iredell County Veterans Council.
Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony is serving the family Henry Paul Mullis.
The family wishes to express thanks to Dr. Any White and staff, Dr. Tink Johnson and Hospice of Iredell County for all of their wonderful care and for a special friend and caregivers Linda Babb and nurse Texie Blackburn.
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