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Mullis, Mary Elizabeth Brogden

KENANSVILLE — Mrs. Mullis, age 94, of Kenansville, NC fell asleep
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at Duplin General Hospital after a brief
She was born on November 10, 1913, in Beautancus, NC, the daughter of Herman and Julia Sloan Brogden.

A graduate of Flora MacDonald College, she taught home economics and
science for over 20 years in both Virginia and North Carolina. She
married Troy Dewitt Mullis in 1940 and they moved to Moore County NC
where troy served in his first Presbyterian pastorates. Together they
served side by side as ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ until his
death in 1985. In addition to Moore County, they served churches in
Bath County, Virginia, Philippi, West Virginia, and finally in Duplin
County at Grove Presbyterian Church and Smith’s Presbyterian Church.
Her priorities were family, church, school, and civic involvement,
particularly causes associated with education and children. She was a
faithful volunteer for the Duplin General Hospital Auxiliary for over
40 years. She was a lifetime elder of Grove Presbyterian Church and
served on various committees and civic boards.

Mary’s greatest
source of joy was her relationship with people. She never met a
stranger. She enjoyed sharing her home with family and friends of all
ages. There was always room for one more at her table and she delighted
in serving both food and her version of southern hospitality, wit and
wisdom. She loved to travel, read, and surround herself with her
beloved flowers. When difficult topics came up at the dinner table, she
would often say "Let’s talk about roses."

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Alvis Brogden, and many life long friends and extended family.
Lovingly remembered by son Troy Dewitt Mullis, Jr. and wife Betty
Mullis of Mooresville, NC son Dr. H. Thomas Mullis and wife, Diane of
Radford Virginia and daughter Mary Elizabeth Mullis Capillary and
husband Tony of Greenville, NC. Grandchildren are Lucy page Mullis
Kitner, John and Jason Mullis, Elizabeth Angela Capillary Martin and
John Capillary, Ellen and Cammie Mundy. Her great grandchildren are
Hannah, Joshua, and Jack Mullis, Sloane Kitner, Lindsey Mundy, and Cane
and Jayson Martin. She is also fondly remembered by Mr. Edgar Wells,
special family friend and loving companion and advisor to the entire
Mullis family.

She will be missed by countless church family, neighbors, friends, and former students.
Arrangements are being handled by Community Funeral Home of Warsaw NC.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, December 22, at 11
a.m. at Grove Presbyterian Church in Kenansville with the Reverend
Barbara Hedin officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening at 7 at
Community Funeral Home of Warsaw. Burial will follow later at Mint
Hill, NC.

The family will receive friends at other times at Mary’s home in Kenansville on Bowden Drive.

In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to Grove Presbyterian Church in Kenansville.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all
those who visited Mother so faithfully while she was a resident in
Kenansville Health and Rehab. Our comfort comes from our source of hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and the certain knowledge that we
will all be together again in eternity.


December 21, 2007
Dr Mullis, Diane, and family;

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please let me know if you need anything at all.

   Trisha Nash (Radford, VA)

  December 20, 2007
Dr. Mullis,
have been a dear teacher, friend, colleague, and mentor to me. You are
the person I turn to when I’m feeling down. You always inspire me. You
are such a wonderful man. As I’ve said many times before, you are one
of my very favorite people. I was so sad to hear that your Mom passed.

wish I could be there with you today. Please know that my heart is with
you. I pray for peace and comfort in the knowledge of your Mother’s
great faith in God. She is no longer in any pain. She is home again.

Please pass along blessings and love to your whole family. I hope to see you soon.

We love you,
Amy, Ken, & Sarah Jane Ostrander

   Amy Ostrander (Christiansburg, VA)

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  December 20, 2007
Mrs. Mullis was a wonderful person. We knew her through her son Tom and
daughter-in-law Diane, and always looked forward to seeing her when she
came to Radford to visit. She was a true Southern Lady, and we will
miss her.
   Simone & Allen Bures (Radford, VA)

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  December 20, 2007
Mrs. Mullis was my dear friend, neighbor and also we were once teachers
at Warsaw Jr. High. Her classroom was directly across the hall from
mine. As a long time teacher, she gave me support and encouragement as
I was relatively new to the teaching field and a new teacher at this
school. I enjoyed visiting with her in recent years and bringing in her
mail to her and sitting for a chat. I treasured her wisdom about life
and enjoyed listening to her talk about her childhood,family and
friends. We would talk frequently about the Beautancus area where we
both grew up and occassionally I’d take her around the area and visit
her homeplace and mine. I treasured her friendship and I will miss her
so.o.o.o much.
I love you Mrs. Mullis- -Gail
   Gail Brinson

  December 20, 2007
Mrs. Mullis was my ninth grade science teacher. She put up with alot
from us, she stated we had creative minds, that was not always a good
thing. But we loved her very much. I think of her often as one of my
favorite teachers. She was so loving. I will miss her.
   Margaret Vincent (Warsaw, NC)

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Published in the Charlotte Observer on 12/20/2007.

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