Phyllis A. Mullins, 66, of Vinton, left this world to her eternal home on April 28, 2022. She was born April 12, 1956, in Clintwood, Virginia, daughter of the late Burley and Lilly Mae (Mullins) Mullins. A Christian by faith, Phyllis was a member of Maggie’s Home Church in Dundas. Phyllis’ faith was greater than most people knew. She struggled with health issues from her humble beginnings; as mamaw always said, “she was born so small I had to pin her clothes to the pillow so I wouldn’t lose her.” It is not her health issues, however, that the family will remember. Phyllis will be remembered by her devotion to her children which was without waiver. She worked hard to give her kids a regular childhood and a loving life. While they were quite poor, the kids recall “how we didn’t have the money to go out to eat, so every Friday mom would make “restaurant” food and we would pick it up in the kitchen’s “drive-thru” window.”
Phyllis was also there spiritually. “When we were struggling with something in this world, mom would take us to the Bible and look up the answers with us. This taught us so much more about the love of God and how He is always there and always with answers. There were many times she would hold us and sing to us when we feared a storm or play with us by cutting out paper dolls. Being older now, we understand the pains and struggles mom had with greater appreciation. All her desires in this world were to be loved and to love the Lord. She taught us about the love of God and how to help the hurting. She taught us to love everyone as Christ loved us. She taught us to serve with giving hands and rejoice in struggles.”
When the family moved to Ohio, Phyllis found her seat in the Maggie’s Home Old Regular Baptist after spending thirty-eight years at the Lebanon Old Regular Baptist church. It was such a hard decision to move her letter but felt the Lord had moved her and she was obedient. She has spent the last twelve years at Maggie’s Home and commented continually at the love she has seen and felt at the Northern New Salam Association and how it was home. One of the greatest pleasures that she was able to experience was the year she was able to help serve her brothers and sisters at the association. Phyllis loved her brothers and sisters more than words can say. As she was entering into Hospice she said, “they won’t be able to fully see my love for them here, but when we get home the love will be so much greater as we praise our Savior forevermore.”
Phyllis’ grandchildren were most special to her. She had a unique and personal relationship with each one. She made sure to take time and have that relationship that was special to each child and great grandchild. The witness that Phyllis has left us during the period between hospice and her death has been beyond words. She shouted and praised our Heavenly Father for calling her home. We can only imagine the joy she is going to have. The spirit she has carried with her during this time has only been a foretaste of the joy she will have resting from her hurt and sorrows here on Earth. Her chains to this world are gone and she has been fully set free. I can see the Savior, in all his Glory saying, “Come in my good and faithful servant.”
She is survived by her loving family: husband, Garnie Mulins; daughters, Crystal (Joey) Gilliam and Loretta (Andy) Counts; seven grandchildren: Brett Counts, Brittany (Chance) Mullins, Victoria (Ray) Bledsoe, and Elizabeth, Joanna, Daniel, and Rachel Gilliam; five great-grandchildren: Asher, Nora, and Juniper Mullins, Thalan Counts, Anna Bledsoe; three sisters, Nevada (Jim) Mullins, Helen Rose, Odessa (Kramer) Golden, and Patsy (Danny) Mullins; two brothers, Kermit (Sharon) Mullins and Kenneth (Cecilia) Mullins; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by a sister, Fancy Mullins; four brothers, Carl, Carlos, Calvin, and Franklin Mullins; as well as an infant sister.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 2, 2022, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Maggie’s Home Church in Dundas with a service following at 6 p.m., Brother Daniel Newsom officiating.
A funeral service celebrating Phyllis’ life will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. also in Maggie’s Home Church with Brother Don Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in Sweet Home Family Cemetery in Vinton.
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R.M. Williams Funeral Service, Wellston, is honored to care for the Mullins Family.
We love you mama; you leave a path for all of us to follow as we make our way to Heaven. Your life on this earth was truly used for His glory and honor.