Joe Mullis, 83, of Lake DeLancy, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center following a brief illness.
Joe was born at home on High Street in Palatka and lived there until he retired and moved to Lake DeLancy 21 years ago. He was a 1952 graduate of Palatka High School, where he was elected class vice president during his senior year. He served for 10 years in Florida National Guard in Palatka. In 1996, he retired as an environmental technician at Georgia Pacific Corp. in Palatka after 43 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Salt Springs, where he taught in the men’s Sunday school class. He was a longtime member of Palatka Lodge 86, Free and Accepted Masons. He was a former member of Palatka Jaycees, where he served as president of the club. He served as a volunteer at Rodeheaver Boys Ranch for 30 years, most recently in the Vehicle Improvement Program. He served as a legislative aide for then-Rep. Jim Glisson. Jim enjoyed fishing, woodworking and NASCAR.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Lonnie and Elsie Mullis; a stepmother, Polly Mullis; four sisters, Betty Mae Wilson, Jeanine Foster, Marjorie Foster and Ella Mullis; and a brother, David Mullis.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Jane Mullis of Lake DeLancy; three daughters and sons-in-law, Becky Mullis Jordan of Palatka, Deanie and Eddie Diver of Palatka and Donna Jo and Johnny Adams of Lake DeLancy; a sister and brother-in-law, Alicia and Frank Bush of Palatka; four grandchildren and spouses, Ashley and Chad Shyrock of Palatka, Hannah and Justin Wofford of Jacksonville, C.J. Jordan of Palatka and Joe Adams of Palatka; two great-granddaughters, Samantha Story and Sara Story; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11 at First Baptist Church of Salt Springs with the Rev. Eric Gervais officiating. In honor and celebration of Joe’s life, a video tribute will be shown.
Memorial gifts may be sent to First Baptist Church of Salt Springs, 24100 E. Highway 314, Salt Springs, FL 32134, or Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. Friends may sign the online register at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.