Frances Catherine's Story
Frances Catherine Walker Mullins passed into glory in her sleep on August 16, 2017. She was 91-years-old and had made her home with her youngest daughter, April Mullins Mela of Appomattox, Virginia since 2009. Frances was born on Sunday, March 14, 1926 to Pearl Sterling Walker and Bertha Harris Walker.
Frances grew up in Cucumber, WV and graduated from Big Creek High School in 1944. She was the BCHS Salutatorian and a cheerleader at this small WV high school made famous by Rocket Boy, Homer Hickam, of the 1999 film October Sky. She worked at Carter Coal Company located in Coalwood, West Virginia prior to her marriage to William Harvey Mullins of Bradshaw, West Virginia on June 30, 1948. Her husband was a WWII Navy Veteran who served in the Pacific Theater.
The couple made a lifelong dream come true in 1960 and moved their four children to California where Mr. Mullins gained employment in the famous movie studio Twentieth Century Fox. After several years they returned to her beloved West Virginia hills and Mr. Mullins entered the grocery business. In 1969 they moved to Tazewell, Virginia a town she loved dearly and where she was loved dearly by all who were blessed to have known her.
Frances always put the needs of others before her own and would often share her beautiful cut flowers, seeds, and starts with others. She often quoted that no day is ever lost if you make a memory. She had many interests and loved dancing, reading, history, playing Scrabble and Samba, and blessing others in some small yet meaningful way. She was creative and artistic and often wrote special quotes and short stories about seemingly mundane observations of daily life. Frances had a great sense of humor and that special sparkle in her eyes will be missed by all of her loved ones. Needless to say, she was a great lady and one of a kind!
In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband William Harvey Mullins, her sisters Louise Revell, Mary Ferrante, and Martha Johnson; daughter, Susan Asbury, and son, Terry Mullins. Those left to cherish her memory include her children Mark Mullins of Claytor Lake, Virginia and April Mullins Mela of Appomattox, Virginia; grandchildren Melanie (Rick) Davis of Denver, Colorado; Lindsey (James) Akers of Welch, WV; Joshua (Lauren) Goudy of Fairfax, Virginia; Jeremiah Hawkins-Mullins of Aiken, South Carolina, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and her caretaker Matt Messner.
Frances made the ultimate compassionate and altruistic decision of her life at age 78. She committed to the donation of her body to The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine's Human Gift Registry. Future generations will benefit from the medical education and research that will be afforded from her sacrifice.
A memorial will be held to celebrate her life at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Tazewell, Virginia at Fincastle Baptist Church where she was a faithful member for many years. Services will be conducted by Pastor Bill Wyrick and Pastor Rick Mallory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in her memory to Fincastle Baptist Church, Post Office Box 202, Tazewell, Virginia 24651 for the Good Samaritan Fund that was created by Frances many years ago.
Published on August 19, 2017