John Earl Mullis, III, 47, of Wake Forest went to the big ballfield in the sky on Friday, October 4, 2019. He was the happiest guy you could meet and was known by many names…
His favorite name to be called was “Daddy.” John is survived by his children Braden Alexander and Tory Shelby Mullis and their mother Angie (Williamson) Mullis, who was his high school sweetheart and long-time love. He loved having fun with his kids going to movies, the beach, theme parks, and all things sports! He and “Bray Bray” spent countless hours watching and playing sports together. A treasured memory was watching the Steelers play at Hines Field. His “Tory Belle” was the light of his life. He enjoyed getting dressed up for daddy-daughter dances, letting her paint his nails, and having “goofy pants dance” parties. He was her biggest fan on the volleyball court and softball field and she could always hear his encouraging cheers above all others.
Another treasured name was son or “John John.” He is survived by his parents, John and Sylvia Mullis. He was mamma’s boy and his dad’s twin. His love of sports began on the couch beside his dad watching games and nothing could beat mama’s black walnut cake. He could always count on them to help with any aspect of life.
John answered to the name “Bubba.” He is survived by his sister and life-long best friend Stephanie Smith, her husband Derek and their children Meagan and Kristian. They did life together, with family trips, home cooked meals, birthdays, holidays and of course ball games.
John was born and grew up in tight-knit Edneyville, NC. “Mullis,” as he was named in this town that is like a family, was an excellent teammate in football, baseball, basketball, and golf for the Edneyville Yellowjackets. He remained close friends with many of his classmates.
“Little John” was loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins as well as his grandparents. Family took the first draft pick for John.
“Coach” was also a common name for John. Since his kids were old enough to run the bases, he has coached many rec league teams and was the current president of the Carolina Pirate’s travel baseball team. He started the club 6 years ago when he recognized a need. One parent said “I don't know if he knows a thing about baseball, but he's one of the finest people I've ever known and you can trust him to mentor your son.” More than just teaching skills of the game, John was invested in the lives of his players, often being taxi service, sharing meals, and planning life goals. He was always ready with a motivating word (and maybe a few choice words for an umpire) and encouraged his players to “be better, make someone else better, and be grateful.”
To many John was known as “friend” and “fan!” He was a friend to anyone he met, even Tarhole fans! He loved cheering on the Wolfpack or “anybody but Carolina” and never missed a chance to watch the Steelers or the Braves. He could tell statistics better than ESPN and often gave intense suggestions to the TV screen. However, for as much as John was passionate about sports, his love for his friends and family won first place! Although the loss of John is devastating to the many people across the state who loved him, he would want all to continue to live life as he did, loving the game, but knowing that there are more important things than going 2-0 on the day or 0-2. You have to play as a team to win, you have to have togetherness to excel as a team.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919) 556-5811
In lieu of flowers, donation's in John's memory to John Mullis Memorial/ Childrens Education Fund, Wells Fargo. (This may be done thru any Wells Fargo location)
A Celebration of Life for John
Sunday, October 13th at 2:00
Flaherty Baseball Park (there is a separate entrance for the baseball fields, this is where we will be)
Not at the tennis courts!
1226 N. White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
**Attire for the day is athletic comfy with your favorite sports team logo. John loved to be involved in sports in any way he could. His closet is full of all things team sports! So many teams. He loved to wear a matching hat when he had the mate.
We are having a potluck under the shelter thanks to the Carolina Pirates Baseball Program
.LindseyandMike Cline (Lindsey) is helping by coordinating that part for us. John also loved a good reunion, potluck and family meal. We are trying to put many of the things together that he loved. He would have wanted a celebration. Come one come all:) We know he has touched many lives across this state. So many children, families, coaches, and...umpires... (they are probably having a different kind of celebration of their own...heehheee).
You can bring a ball, a bat, a football, and a bag chair for some good old family reunion style fun!
Edneyville Arrangements for Life Celebration
November 2, at 10:00
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
Edneyville (Home of the Yellow Jackets!)
**Favorite sports team t-shirts and hats preferred:)
There will be an opportunity to share any special memories you would like to share of your time with him. His kids have not met many of his childhood friends and it would do them well to hear your tales!! Those memories really lift them up. Our kids don't know what it's like to live in such a close knit community like Edneyville! There is no place like it!!