- October 24, 1922
- January 12, 2003
Nelson (Nell) Brooks Mullis of Charlotte died peacefully on January 12, 2003. She was born on October 24, 1922, to the late C.B. Brooks and Leona Helms Brooks in the New Salem community of Union County.
Nell surrendered her mortality in the comfort of her home, built by the hands of her father, to take on immortality in that home of promise not made with hands.
Nell was the faithful supporting and loving wife of Ward Mullis for fifty years. She was a uniquely caring mother to her three children: Ronald Baucom and his wife Charlotte of Charlotte, Diane Baucom Threatt and her husband Melvin of Weddington; and Gary Mullis and his wife Marla of Asheboro, NC.
Her life was blessed with six grandchildren: Ronda Baucom and her husband Wally Schmader of Norfolk, Va; Suzanne Baucom Coniguliaro and her husband Charles of Fort Mill, SC; Jonathon Baucom of Blacksburg, VA; Cameron Chandler and his fiancée Crystal Shull of Chapel Hill, NC; Lucas Mullis of Asheboro, NC; and Jessica Mullis of Boone, NC.
Nell also six step-children: Jennifer Threatt of Charlotte, Ashley Threatt Causey and her husband Chris of Charlotte; Blake, Lydia and Scott Simpson of Charlotte; and Jennifer Knowles Shilling and her husband Dr. Wes Shilling of Blacksburg, VA.
Nell’s life was further blessed with three great-grandchildren: Abigail, Nicholas and Augustine Coniguliaro of Fort Mill, SC; and two step great-grandchildren: Sarah and Jake Schmader of Norfolk, VA.
Her surviving sisters and brother are Lillian Tetro of NYC; Joyce Philemon and her husband John Baker; Mary Brooks Greene and her husband Bill; and Peary Neal Brooks and his wife Jewel, all of New Salem. One uncle, George Brooks of New Salem, and several nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was preceded in death by her son Jerry Baucom; and her brothers Keith, Addison and John Vann Brooks.
Nell was an active member of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church (formerly Commonwealth Baptist Church) for almost 40 years. She served as general secretary for the Sunday school for over 35 years. She was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of The Charlotte Rescue Mission, and served for many years as an officer of the Woodberry Forest Garden Club.
Nell lived a quiet and highly focused life of great discipline and deep faith in and service to her creator and savior. She was known for her uncompromising integrity and wisdom. She manifested her great compassion for her family, relatives and friends, not so much by words spoken as by deeds performed. Those who knew her well valued her counsel, knowing that she always spoke directly to the point with clarity. Her presence commanded a profound respect, and shall be greatly missed.
The outpouring of love and assistance from family, relatives, friends, and neighbors during Nell’s illness has been a humbling experience. Your caring friendship has been overwhelming. Each of you, together with the hospice nurses, has been nothing less than angels of mercy. We want you to know that your love has touched our lives at the point of our deepest need. Thank you.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to The Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C., P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361; Briar Creek Road Baptist Church, 1451 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205; or Presbyterian Home Care Hospice, 1918 Randolph Road, Suite LL-50, Charlotte, NC 28207.