OBITUARY

George Michael Cullen Jr.

February 11, 1951June 19, 2020

George Michael Cullen, Jr., 69, passed away on June 19, 2020.

Mike was born on February 11, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1973. Mike retired from Levi Strauss after 29 years of service and later retired from Producer’s Rice Mill after 10 years. During his life, he achieved a 5th degree black belt in Judo and 3rd degree black belt in Karate. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Diane Cullen; children, Angela (Chris) French, Melissa Barlow, and Brian (Angela) Cullen; 7 grandchildren; and sister, Lynn Nunally.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, George Michael, Sr. and Marjorie Cullen; and grandson, Zachary Cullen.

Services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, June 27, 2020 at St Jude’s Catholic Church, 2403 McArthur Dr., Jacksonville, AR 72076. Interment will follow at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Rd., NLR, AR 72117.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in honor of George Michael Cullen, Jr. to St. Jude Research Hospital.

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Norma Crowder

June 25, 2020

I was saddened today to learn of the death of Mike. We worked together for around 10 years with Levi Strauss. I considered him a dear friend. Mike passion was Judo. He would come into the office some mornings limping telling about his sport.
Mike was true to his faith and loved Diane and his kids with all his heart.
I’m so sorry for their loss, he will surly be missed.

Ed Thibedeau

June 25, 2020

My dearest friend for 30 years. My mentor, my sensei, my inspiration. He is deeply missed.

Teresa Bechtel

June 24, 2020

Cullen was one of the finest individuals I have known. He found humor in everything and loved by all. He was always such a pleasure to be around and lifted everyone’s spirits. My husband, Mike and I, spent many a night out with Diane and Cullen and those are some of the best memories of our life. Mike and I met Cullen in Judo and enjoyed sharing all our experiences and love of the sport. We will always miss him and know that he is entertaining the angels with his quick wit and optimism. He was one of the good guys!

Teresa Bechtel

Randy Frazier

June 24, 2020

A consummate gentleman both "on the mat" and "off the mat." I remember him as a man of strength, skill, insight and kindness... qualities the world needs so much right now. All of us who trained with Mike were impressed by his positive spirit. As stated by Helen Keller: "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY