KENANSVILLE – Mary Elizabeth Brogden Mullis, age 94, of
Kenansville, NC, fell asleep Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at Duplin
General Hospital after a brief illness.
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
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.
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Published in the Star-News on 12/20/2007.