Joe Lee Mullican

Services with full Fireman Honors will be held for Joe Lee Mullican, 75, of Arp at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Tommy Harden officiating. Burial will be in Mason Cemetery.

Mr. Mullican died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Tyler. He was born April 8, 1937, in Smith County to the late Homer Lee and Ruby Allen Mullican. He graduated from Arp High School and married Ruby Nell Birdwell March 17, 1962, in Arp. He was a lifelong resident of Arp and had been an active firefighter for the Arp Fire Department since 1956. He was a member of Arp United Methodist Church and loved Arp, hunting and working in his yard.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Mullican.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruby Mullican, Arp; a son and daughter-in-law, Joel Keith and Kristina Mullican, Troup; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Tim Hamilton, Arp; four grandchildren, Dustin Hamilton, Lindsey Hamilton, Harley Guerra and Evynn Mullican; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be the Arp Fire Department. Honorary pallbearers will be Dean McKnight, Lonnie Howard, Randy McKnight, Clarence Beekman, Merle Laney, Mack Laney and his nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 23, 2013