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Mullis, Bernice H. “Nick”

Bernice, “Nick,” Helms Mullis, 79, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died at home in Concord, on July 14, 2009.

Bernice was born June 4, 1930 in Concord, to the late Walter Curtis Helms and Inah Eudy Helms.

Bernice married Charles Henry Mullis at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church on July 18, 1948. They were married 49 years until his death in January 1998.

Also preceding her in death were sisters, Ada Rose Helms-Howard, Sue Lambert, and Yvonne Faggart.

Bernice was an avid cook and homemaker, an enthusiastic gardener, a constant reader, and pleasure fisherman. She loved music, especially the old hymns, and music played by her children. She was active and energetic, believing in making “every day a good day.” She was a sweet and gentle lady who thought of others first. Friends and family found welcoming hospitality in her home. A life-long member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist church, she attended the Edith Eagle Sunday School Class and the Martha Bingham Circle. She was involved in many church ministries and Bible classes, including the senior group, “Prime Timers”, United Methodist Women, and the “Pleasant Morning” Bible study group. She was a former Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was one of the visiting volunteers to nursing homes. She served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She retired from Cabarrus County Schools having worked at Mt. Pleasant Elementary.

She is survived by two sons; C. Nelson Mullis and wife, Judi, of Concord, and Tim Mullis and wife, Debbie of Locust; and one daughter, Karen Yoder, and husband, Scott of Fuguay-Varina. Also surviving are brother, Ken Helms, and sister, Mary Brown Faggart; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A service of “Death and Resurrection” will be held at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Mitchell Wilson, burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Family will receive friends at Gordon’s Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, The Martha Bingham Circle, P.O. Box 237, Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124.

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July 17, 2009

“Bernice was such a great friend to my mother. She was always so welcoming, understanding and positive. I spoke with her on the phone over last Christmas and it seemed like we were old friends. The distance between us (some 3,000 miles) seemed to evaporate as we spoke of our holiday activities. How suddenly life changes…
Bernice Mullis: a great lady.”
Tanya Noel,
Graham, Washington


July 16, 2009

Nelson, Tim, Karen & Family,

Words can’t begin to express my sorrow in learning about the loss of your mom. She was one of the most special women I’ve ever had the blessing to know. She will always remain my favorite Sunday School teacher, and I will never forget how kind she was to me at church. I used to love sitting with her and being a “part”, at least in my mind, of the Mullis family on so many Sundays.

I loved sitting next to her in choir and sharing the beautiful harmonies and music that your family made together. God must have a special place in Heaven for families who sing His praises together.

I’ve never shared this story with anyone, and I’m tearing up even as I type, but Mrs. Mullis was so important to me while I was in elementary school. I always felt so left out and unliked, and a day would never go by where she wouldn’t stop what she was doing, give me a hug, and tell me to have a really extra special day. That got me through some hard times. I loved her then and love her now.

I know that she is rejoicing in Heaven now, listening to angels praise her Savior, and watching over each of you. Through good times and bad, she loved each of you so much, and she was so proud of her family.

You are all such an incredibly important part of my childhood and early adult years. There’s no doubt in my mind that you gained much of your love for God and Jesus and your fellow man through the love that your mom showed you.

Please know I’ll be praying for you in the days ahead. May God bless and sustain you.

All my love,
Kara McAbee

Concord, North Carolina


July 16, 2009

Nelson and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful, strong woman and I am sure you will miss her very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kip Randolph,
Matthews, North Carolina


July 15, 2009

Mullis Family,

We were sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother will be greatly missed by everyone that she touched. Keep the memories and they will help you get through your time of grief.

Wanda, Robin, and George Foil,
Salisbury, North Carolina


July 15, 2009

Your Mother was a wonderful person. I know she will be greatly missed. May God offer you comfort at this time, and may he Bless you all.
Rodney Cook,
Harrisburg, North Carolina


July 15, 2009

Mullis Family,

We are so sorry for your loss and know that you will miss her terribly. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Clyde and Sheila Allmon


July 15, 2009

We love you and we will miss you.

Dennis and Faye Lambert

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