OBITUARY

Rev. Lawrence Mullinax

November 25, 1935February 28, 2018
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Rev. Lawrence (Larry) Mullinax, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 28, 2018.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Evelyn Sathoff Mullinax. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Raleigh and Beatrice Mullinax; his sister, Evelyn Mullinax Smith; and two brothers who died in infancy.

He pastored for 40 years as Senior Pastor and was the Principal of a Christian School for 4 and ½ years. He also was a volunteer at Faith Baptist Church for 12 years. He loved to preach and teach the Word of God and always desired to Glorify His Savior Jesus Christ.

Rev. Mullinax is survived by three children and their spouses, Bryan Mullinax and Paula Kaur Mullinax of Castle Rock, Colorado, Martin Mullinax and Pam Cadman Mullinax of Edwardsburg, Michigan, and Merrylee Mullinax of Taylors, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Michael Mullinax and his wife Stephanie Voris Mullinax, Derrick Sousley and his wife Angela Mullinax Sousley, and Allison Mullinax; and four great grandchildren, Emma Mullinax, Megan Mullinax, Josiah Sousley, and Henry Lawrence Sousley. His nephew, Bruce Edward Smith, has been a great comfort the last several years.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Faith Baptist Church conducted by Rev. John Vaughn with burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Woodlawn Funeral Home.

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Rev. Mullinax’s memory to Camp Assurance, 8364 County Rd 2100 E, Georgetown, IL 61846 or The Wilds Christian Camp, 1000 Wilds Ridge Rd, Brevard, NC 28712.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2018
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Rev. Lawrence Mullinax

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Theresa Tynan

March 13, 2018

Bryan, Martin, Merrylee.... We will be keeping you in our prayers this week and in the coming days. We have such wonderful, fond memories of Pastor Mullinax' ministry in Maroa. Where do we begin? These were formidable years of learning about God's love for us, and while we always knew Pastor Mullinax was serious in his sermons, we also got to see the love of God for his people play out in fun and creative ways through church activities. I remember Pastor's deep laugh, caring smile, and his raised eyebrow peeking up from his glasses when something said didn't seem quite right! We can't think of Pastor Mullinax without thinking of ALL of you! I started piano lessons from Mary, and that is important to me, as it took me clear through last year, playing the organ at our church in Decatur. Bryan, I remember the fun we had in quizzing! You were always so smart and I loved the challenge of memorization. Those verses and chapters we memorized are still in my memory, today. A little faint, maybe, but somewhere! My husband, Larry, remembers playing with Bryan and Martin in the church basement, because it was the perfect place to set up all their Hot-Wheels and bright orange tracks! Larry also remembers practicing the trumpet for contests with Bryan. He said that Bryan was an excellent trumpet player, even at that age, and I should just mention "Bugler's Holiday." I could go on and on with the memories, but please just know they are precious ones and we are asking God to bless your heart with all of them, and keep your minds at peace in Christ Jesus!

Sharon Woolum

March 12, 2018

You may remember me as Sharon Foster. I was saved during Pastor Mullinax's years of service at Maroa Bible Church. I have such fond memories of him and your family but my most memorable was seeing him ride to service on a horse during one of our celebrations! My condolences to you all, he was a wonderful servant of our Lord. God bless you all.

Scott Randolph

March 3, 2018

When I first began working at Camp Assurance, Pastor Mullinax and Mary were so helpful! I appreciated the opportunity to teach at MidWest Baptist College and the many words of encouragement. Pastor and Mary have often been sounding boards for me and encouragers. I will miss having the chance to stop in and visit Pastor when we are in Greenville.
Love and prayers to Mary, Merrylee, and "the boys". May God bless you with many wonderful memories as you grieve your loss. No doubt, Pastor is leaping for joy in the presence of Jesus, free of the restraints of old age and ailments. We hope to continue to add to his rewards through the ministry of Camp Assurance!

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Biography

      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Rev. Lawrence Mullinax who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Lawrence was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Lawrence knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Lawrence was born on November 25, 1935 at At home on the farm in Johnson County, (Vianna) Illinois. His parents were Raliegh and Beatrice Mullinax. Lawrence was raised in Southern Illinois then Bartonville, Illinois. Even as a youngster, Lawrence learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Lawrence was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Lawrence was raised with Evelyn Smith. He had 2 other brothers who died in infancy. Lawrence had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Lawrence, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Lawrence's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Lawrence enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. In his spare time he liked to garden, and play golf, he also enjoyed reading. Lawrence's memorable achievements included becoming a preacher boy at his home church.

      In school, Lawrence was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Lawrence was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Lawrence’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Manuel in 1953. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was history. He was an average student, He loved horse back ridding.

      Lawrence’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Lawrence’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. When Lawrence saw the need or benefit, he would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. He earned his Bachelors degree at Bob Jones University. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Bachelors in Ministerial training and also a bachelors in Education. His favorite professor was Dr Fisher and Dr Freemont. He loved going to preach in the Greenville area.

      Lawrence was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Lawrence was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Lawrence came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were his cousin Ronald. Later in life, he became friends with Joe Mark and Warren Stuber.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Lawrence reveled in the security of his family. On December 22, 1956 Lawrence exchanged wedding vows with Mary Evelyn Sathoff at the Oak Grove Baptist Church of Bartonville, Illinois. One of Lawrence’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Lawrence was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Lawrence would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Lawrence was blessed with three children, two sons: Bryan Mullinax and Martin Mullinax and one daughter, Merrylee. They were also blessed with Three grand children and four great grand children, Michael Mullinax, Angie Sousley, Alison Mullinax and the great grandchildren are Emma, Meagan, Josiah and Henry.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Lawrence was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Lawrence was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Lawrence upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a minister and a school principal. He was employed for many churches in the Illinois area and also Marrietta Chrisitian School and Jackson Baptist Christian school. Lawrence was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Lawrence approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were gardening and golf. He also loved to read history especially about the civil war. Lawrence was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Lawrence to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, Lawrence played golf. Recreational sports included golf and he did play some soft ball. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and golf.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Lawrence liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. In college, Lawrence joined the Bryan society at BJU.

      A civic-minded person, Lawrence was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Lawrence was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Pheasant ridge homeowners association. Politically, Lawrence was conservative Republican. During these years, Lawrence applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

      Faith was important to Lawrence. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member Faith Baptist Church in Taylors SC. During that time, he was a volunteer to visit the sick. He also faithfully taught sunday school.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Lawrence used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Lawrence had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included anything reviewing history and going to the grand cannon.

      Lawrence was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Lawrence’s favorites was his dog Trigger was his favorite childhood pet. They were best friends for 4. His family was rounded out by his other dogs Leutenant, Bosley and Heidi.

      When Lawrence’s retirement finally arrived in 2000, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Taylors SC. In retirement, he found new pleasure in visiting many at the hospitals and teaching sunday school at church. In many ways, Lawrence loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Lawrence passed away on February 28, 2018 at National Healthcare. He bravely battled Parkinsons disease and prostate cancer which was very agressive and caused excessive bleeding which eventually took his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Mary Mullinax and his children and grandchildren and his nephew Bruce Smith. Services were held at Faith Baptist Church. Lawrence was laid to rest in Woodlawn Funeral Home nad Memorial Park.

      All who knew him would agree that Lawrence was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Rev. Lawrence Mullinax did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.