Mullis, Jack Dowling

55435709_128010195088posted April 28, 2008

Jack Dowling Mullis, 85, died on Saturday, April 26 2008. His wife of 66 years, Dorothy Gravitt Mullis, died on Sunday.

He was born in Chickamauga on June 6, 1922, to the late Henry A. and Georgia Walker Mullis. He had resided in Oakview Nursing Home in Summerville, Ga. for the past few years.

Prior to residing in the nursing home, he had been a lifelong resident of Chickamauga and was a graduate of Gordon Lee High School. He served his country in World War II where he served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and fought in the “Battle of the Bulge” in the 741st Railroad Battalion in Belgium. Returning home, he became part owner and operator of the Mullis Grocery Store for 25 years. Later he worked part-time at Duke Broome’s Hardware. He retired after 25 years of service with the State of Georgia as a Probation Officer for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.

He was active in various civic organizations, he held positions in the Chickamauga Lion’s Club, was a charter member of the Chickamauga American Legion Post #217, and was an active adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

Serving in many capacities at the First Baptist Church of Chickamauga, he served as deacon, member of the Memorial Sunday School, and an active participant with the Senior Citizens Group.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Ruth Mullis, Gene and Doris Mullis.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Susan Mullis, of Summerville, Ga., Chris and Joni Mullis, of Fort Mill, S.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Ray Crowder, of Chickamauga; grandchildren and their spouses, Abby and Aaron King, of Clermont, Fla., Scott and Tiffany Mullis, of Independence, Ky., Jennifer Mullis, Eric and Kaley Mullis, all of Fort Mill, S.C.; great-grandchild, Anna Faith Mullis, of Independence, Ky.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, graveside at Chickamauga Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the First Baptist Church of Chickamauga or your favorite charity.

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Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Homes – J. Avery Bryan Chapel, Chickamauga, Ga.

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