May 112006

Mr. Mullis, age 78, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at his home. Born on April 5, 1928 in Monroe, NC, he was the son of the late Brady and Catherine Mullis. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Charlotte for 49 years. Mr. Mullis was a truck driver for over 30 years with Central Motor Lines and Lowe's Home Improvement of Charlotte. After his retirement, he drove cars for the Young Ford Company. He was associate partner of A Coffee Time Design.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Huss Mullis of the home; one son, Daniel Mullis Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Charlotte; one sister, Kay Purser of Monroe, NC; two grandchildren, Renee and Mike Macemore, Chris and Brea Mustian; and one great grandson, Andrew Macemore. He was predeceased by two brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:00 AM at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2422 Ashley Road, Charlotte, NC. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at Redeemer Church from 6:30-8:30 PM. Burial will be in Forest Lawn West Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2422 Ashley Road, Charlotte, NC.

Crown Funeral Service is in charge.



Paper: Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
Title: Daniel Mullis Sr.
Date: May 4, 2006
Section: Death Notice – Classified 

May 112006

Mrs. Evans, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at Lawyers Glen Retirement Living Center in Mint Hill. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2006 at McEwen-Mint Hill Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the funeral home chapel with Mr. Norman Reynolds, Mr. Flake Braswell, and Mr. Russell McCloud officiating. A graveside committal service will follow at Shiloh Truelight Church Cemetery with Mrs. Evans' grandson, Mr. Mark Evans officiating.

Mrs. Evans was born February 10, 1912 in Mint Hill, NC, a daughter of the late Martin Luther Mullis and Annie Mungo Mullis. The fifth of nine children, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul, Everette, and Dave P. Mullis and by her sisters, Sudie M. Flow, June M. Roper, Frances M. Arant and Annie "Tecie" Sharpe Whitley; her grandson, Jerry Evans, Jr. "Marty" and her great-granddaughter, Jessica Michelle Austin. Mrs. Evans married the late Richard Evans in York, SC on December 6, 1930. Mr. Evans passed away on October 5, 1994, just two months short of their sixty-fourth anniversary.

Mrs. Evans was an Avon Sales Representative for over fifty years, where she made many friends and touched many lives with her love, kindness, and generosity. She was always willing and ready to help anyone in any way.

Survivors include her children, Bill Flow (Betty) and Dick Evans (Harriet), and Anne E. Austin, all of Mint Hill, Jerry M. Evans, Sr. (Kelly) of Clemmons, NC, and Tom Flowe (Lynda) of Matthews; special daughter, Ruby S. Pettit (Ronald) of Charlotte; sister, Zetta M. Porter of Mint Hill; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a very special friend of the family for over fifty years, Earl Driggers of Charlotte; and a caregiver who lovingly became family, Brenda Romero.

The family would like to extend a very special "Thank You" to all of the staff at Lawyers Glen who gave her such love and care. We truly admire and appreciate all of you. You are all very special people. To her caregivers at home over the last five years, all of who performed above and beyond their duties, we truly are grateful and appreciate each and every one of you. We also would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Dr. John Crawford and his staff; the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care, Betty, Dr. Porter, Jock, Ben, Tiffany, and Diane for their compassion, care and guidance through a sad and difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Mint Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 230675, Charlotte, NC 28227-0272, Hospice and Palliative Care, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204, or to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements by McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel.



Paper: Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
Author: Observer Staff
Date: May 9, 2006
Section: METRO
Page: 6B

May 112006
Today, the best of the Carolinas' high school football stars will play their hearts out down in Rock Hill to win the 66th Shrine Bowl. They'll be missing an integral part, though.

Wayne N. Mullis, who for more than 15 years worked to help the reporters in the press box at the annual game, died of cancer July 28.A lot of people will miss him, and so will a lot of places. The kids at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled and Burned Children in Greenville, S.C., will certainly feel his loss. Places such as Mint Hill – and its Mint Hill Madness Festival – will notice the lack  of his drive, his creativeness, his can-do-it-ness. But his absence will be perhaps most keenly felt today in all the Shrine Bowl hoopla.


Press box concierge

"He made sure everybody had everything they needed," said Harvey Burgess, executive director of the Oasis Shriners. "He was sort of the concierge of the press box. Basically, he was charged with the duty of making sure all reporters were happy."

He combined two of his passions to benefit crippled and burned children. He loved golf, loved the Shriners, and so was a founder of the Charlotte area's Oasis Shrine Golf Club about six years ago. It assumed the operation of the annual 13-year-old fund-raiser, renamed the Wayne Mullis/Shriners' Hospital Invitational Golf Tournament. That event alone has earned more than $500,000 for the hospitals.

Wayne was a charter member of Mint Hill Lodge No. 742, where he was named Mason of the Year in 2001. In 1994,  he earned the Walt Disney Award, the Shriners' highest.

"He was a great guy," said fellow Shriner French Harvey. "A lot of folks called him `Mr. Shriner.' Anytime you want something done, he is the one to call on. He was a salesman and could talk anybody into anything – he had a knack for doing that that some people don't."

"Wayne was a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner extraordinaire," his friend and fellow golf promoter G.T. Godwin said in an October issue of the Masonic magazine, Desert Dust. "There will never be another with a heart so big and a dedication so strong as brother Wayne."


`A good example'

Harvey agreed that Wayne "espoused the virtues of this organization and was himself a good example of it."

He was also a good example of what a gentleman should be, says his wife, Elaine.

"He was such a gentleman, he really was. He treated me with the most respect; he was so considerate. There was not a selfish bone in his body – he was always thinking of me.

"He was very polite, sweet and had a wonderful personality. He had a smile for everyone."

Wayne and Elaine Hood went to East Mecklenburg High School, but didn't date until her junior and his senior year. "He walked me to classes," she said, "and gave me a lot of confidence. He made me feel good about myself."

Wayne gave Elaine a white orchid wrist corsage for the Senior Prom, and she wore a white, off-the-shoulder gown her mother had made.

He was voted Most Popular  his senior year and wrote in Elaine's high school annual, "Someday I would love to be with you always."

They married in 1956 and daughter Nevelyn came along in 1958.

When Wayne died, Nevelyn told her mom, "He had so many friends and knew everybody, no matter where we traveled. God must have needed a PR man in heaven."

If he did, Nevelyn, he certainly got the best.

Paper: Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
Author: GERRY HOSTETLER, Staff Writer
Date: December 21, 2002
Section: METRO
Page: 2B
May 112006



He was the strong, silent type – but not in the Hollywood image those words bring to mind. He had a quiet strength and when you got to know him, then the words would come.

Fred Mullis of Atlanta, formerly of Charlotte, died June 20 at Presbyterian Hospital of heart and lung ailments. He was 68 and retired as sales manager from TRW auto parts company in Atlanta in 1991.Fred, a Monroe native, came to Charlotte when he was 6 and graduated from Tech High School in its final 1954 graduating class. Although he lived in Atlanta, he attended the monthly Tech High Lunch Bunch meetings. He and wife Betty Jo timed visits with their parents here each month to coincide with the luncheons.

They were in Charlotte in June for the class' 50th reunion. Fred, who also suffered from emphysema, welcomed seeing his old friends. He fell ill and by Wednesday was hospitalized at Presbyterian Hospital, where he died.


`I knew he was the one'

Fred and Betty Jo were high school sweethearts who dated, off and on, for 15 years. He spent two years in the Army, then worked awhile in Indianapolis. "Fred was always a very settled person," Betty Jo said. "I wasn't ready, I'd seen so many not work out and I wanted it to be forever. I knew he was the one when I was ready." She was 30 when they married in 1965, and their "forever" lasted for 39 years.

"He was a very quiet, simple person," Betty Jo said. "He was so knowledgeable but did not flaunt what he knew. He was well read and intelligent. I told our daughter that I'd known him 50 years and never heard him say a slang word. He was such a highly moral person, did not drink and was a family man."

Said friend Ruth Threat, "Fred was a kind, warm, gentle, loving person. He played football at Tech High School with (the late Rev.) Grady Fault and others."

Daughter Kristie was an only child and she appreciated her father's good advice. "He was always there, very strong and quiet," she said. "When he said something, he had something to say – he didn't just chatter." If she did something he didn't like, he'd tell her but, "He let me learn and do things on my own. He would tell me, not in a harsh way, `I care about you; you think about what you're doing.' I always knew he had good advice for me."


Father-daughter time

She also appreciated his gentle golf lessons. "That's the thing I really enjoy remembering," she said. "We played together when I was in college; it was father-daughter time, being outside doing fun things together."

Fred Mullis was the kind of man who would make a prospective son-in-law nervous, said Todd Sharp. "His daughter asked me to dinner," said Todd. "It was fun, her mom cooked a great meal and Fred didn't say much of anything.

"He was very intelligent, soft spoken and very opinionated, but it was well thought out," Todd said. "He was polite until we talked about travel, then he kind of opened up. He was an armchair tourist."

Most of Fred's touring was done through his 30-year subscription to National Geographic. "He has every one of them," Kristie said. She will continue the subscription for 7-month-old daughter, Amelia.

Fred and Betty Jo have close ties to Charlotte, and she feels that it was fate, of sorts, that he died here. "We were going to be buried in Charlotte anyway," she said.

Fate has a way of working things out, does it not?



Paper: Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
Date: July 7, 2004
Section: METRO
Page: 4B

May 112006
 Regional music legend Ned Mullis, who led his band the Dixie Troubadours for 49 years, died at age 69 on Sunday in Concord.

Mullis, an awesome guitar picker in his day, had retired from music some 15 years ago as a heart attack and then lung cancer sapped his strength.The Mount Pleasant native also opened one of the region's top music stores, Mullis Music (now in Concord), and passed it on to his son Randy, who's also a musician.

Mullis loved his music, but he balanced it against his family responsibilities, once turning down a shot to perform on the Grand Ole Opry because he had to be at work Monday morning.

"(Longtime area music producer/promoter) Ken Linker told me on many occasions that Ned was the best honky-tonk band leader this state has ever produced," says Piedmont musicologist and field recordist Dolph Ramseur, who recorded Mullis in 2000.

That music will be released later this year as part of a collection of field recordings produced by Ramseur and Scottish musician Martin Stephenson called "Haint of the Budded Rose."

Paper: Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
Author: WOODY MITCHELL, Staff Writer
Date: January 25, 2002
Section: E+T
Page: 17E
May 112006

MAYO — Mr. Mullis, 72, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

He was born on February 14, 1933, the son of the late Theron Lamar Mullis, Sr. and Viola Deese Mullis.

George was a veteran of the US Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. His primary career was construction work. Mr. Mullis was an avid gardener and loved plants and flowers. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Mullis was preceded in death by three brothers, Theron Lamar, Jr., Warren and Roland, and sisters, Josephine Deese and Martha Williams. Survivors include his four children, George Wallace and wife Lisa of Polkton, NC, Dianne Oliver and her husband Bill of Burlington, NC, Paula Lear and her husband Tony of Lilesville, NC, and Eddie Mullis of Pageland, SC; brother, Jesse Mullis and wife Phyllis of Polkton, NC; sisters, Peggy Garris of Peachland, NC and Linda Allen of Lancaster, SC; eleven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; and a special friend, Gayle Williams of Spartanburg, SC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to celebrate the life of George will be held Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 11 AM from the graveside of the Peachland City Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service by the grave.

Memorials are to be made to the American Cancer Society of the donors local chapter.

Morgan & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Mullis.



Paper: Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
Title: George W. Mullis
Date: October 25, 2005
Section: Death Notice – Classified

May 112006

Mrs. Howie, died Thursday, October 27, 2005 at home after a short illness.

Born May 6, 1917 in Union County. The daughter of Daniel Montgomery Mullis and Archie Manora Griffin Mullis.

Funeral service will be at Shiloh Truelight Church, Mint Hill at 4:00 PM, Friday, October 28, 2005.

Prior to her retirement in 1979, she was associated with Sobar Int.

Survivors include: daughters Gerald Ruth Edwards (Adrian) of Tampa, Fla, Helen Elizabeth Ferguson of Charlotte, John Lee Howie (Virginia) of Charlotte; 9 grandchildren Adrian Dale Edwards, Wendell Karl Edwards, Gentry Todd Edwards, Ginger Michelle Rigdon, Patrick Lane Ferguson, Shane Ferguson, Chadwell Lee Howie, Dustin Trent Howie, Cameron Howie, Bobby Guy, Anne McGee; 21 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; many nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Daniel Hutcheson Howie; grandson Scott Lawrence Ferguson; son-in-law Jerry Ferguson, Harold and Juanita Mullis, Robert Olin Mullis, Leslie Ann Griffin.

Survivors include: sisters Myrtle Hyatt of Monroe, Dorothy McGee of Norfolk, Va, Eula Rushing of Monroe, Audie Corwell of Norfolk, Va, Margaret Hill of Monroe; brothers Homer Marshall Mullis, Melvin Mullis of Monroe, Wallace Mullis of Morehead City, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in memory of Ruth Howie to: Shiloh Vocational, 4524 Carriker Road, Monroe, NC 28110.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Charlotte for assisting in the care of Mrs. Howie.



Paper: Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
Title: Ruth Mullis Howie
Date: October 28, 2005
Section: Death Notice – Classified