Charlotte Observer, The (NC) – June 2, 1988 Author: MARIA DOUGLAS,
Carpentry and farming, second only to Christian music, were the
Ollen Harvey Mullis enjoyed most.
Carpentry and farming were a big part of his background. His father
carpenter, and his grandfather was a farmer. Mr. Mullis learned
music as a boy in what were then known as “singing schools“ in
“He learned music inside out, and backwards and forward,“ said
Mullis`s son Don.
Mr. Mullis, a Mint Hill native, died Monday, May 30, 1988.
Carpentry was just one thing Mr. Mullis was known for. “I remember
a very simple Christian gentleman,“ said Terry Preslar, a friend
Mullis. “As a young Christian he really influenced me. He trusted
and his leadership and that led me to believe if you needed that
guidance), it was there.“
Mr. Mullis did the same for his own children. “He would wake us
morning with This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us
rejoice and be
glad in it,` “ said Don Mullis. He said his father also taught
them that if
they couldn`t deal fairly with their fellow man, they shouldn`t
deal with him at all.
Mr. Mullis enjoyed music as a way of worship. His son said that in
church Mr. Mullis joined, he wound up being the choir director or
song leader. “He sang in a gospel quartet in his younger day,“
said Don Mullis.
Mr. Mullis purchased a house in 1946 that was once an old trading
bought the trading post on N.C. 218 and completely remodeled it.
“It took him most of his life to do it. When we were kids, we
through the cracks in the floor and see the ground and we could
the cracks in the roof and see the stars,“ his son said.
“He loved wood and appreciated craftsmanship.“
Don Mullis said he remembered someone saying that when the Mullis
went on vacation, Mr. Mullis would look at the woodwork while the
rest of the family took in the sights.
Mr. Mullis joined the Navy in 1941 and was a part of the
battalion stationed on Wallace island in the South Pacific. He was
discharged in 1945 after becoming ill.
Survivors are his wife, Marie; sons, Ollen Mullis Jr. of Grand
Tex., Robert Mullis, Don Mullis, both of Mint Hill; daughter, Mrs.
Tillotson; brothers, Joe Mullis of Mint Hill, Ted Mullis; sister,
Bartlett of Mint Hill; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be 3:30 p.m. today at Arlington Baptist Church.
will be in the church cemetery.
Index Terms: OBITUARY CHARLOTTE
Record Number: 8802010171
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