OLLEN HARVEY MULLIS SPREAD GOSPEL, SONG

Charlotte Observer, The (NC) – June 2, 1988 Author: MARIA DOUGLAS,
Staff Writer

Carpentry and farming, second only to Christian music, were the
things

Ollen Harvey Mullis enjoyed most.

Carpentry and farming were a big part of his background. His father
was a

carpenter, and his grandfather was a farmer. Mr. Mullis learned
music as a boy in what were then known as “singing schools“ in
his church.

“He learned music inside out, and backwards and forward,“ said
Mr.

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
him as

a very simple Christian gentleman,“ said Terry Preslar, a friend
of Mr.

Mullis. “As a young Christian he really influenced me. He trusted
the Lord

and his leadership and that led me to believe if you needed that
(kind of

guidance), it was there.“

Mr. Mullis did the same for his own children. “He would wake us
every

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
any

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
post. He

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
could look

through the cracks in the floor and see the ground and we could
look through

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
family

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
construction

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
Prairie,

Tex., Robert Mullis, Don Mullis, both of Mint Hill; daughter, Mrs.
Sylvia

Tillotson; brothers, Joe Mullis of Mint Hill, Ted Mullis; sister,
Mrs. Ruth

Bartlett of Mint Hill; and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be 3:30 p.m. today at Arlington Baptist Church.
Burial

will be in the church cemetery.

Edition: SIX

Section: METRO

Page: 17A

Index Terms: OBITUARY CHARLOTTE

Dateline: (CHARLOTTE)

Record Number: 8802010171

Copyright (c) 1988 The Charlotte Observer

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