Mr. Gene Bennett Mullis, of Charlotte, NC passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016, just one day before his 79th birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents Vance Condary and Ruth Carriker Mullis; brothers, V.C. Mullis II, Harvey Mullis, Kenneth Mullis, and Jack Mullis. Gene is survived by his loving family; wife of 57 years, Nancy Lawrence Mullis; children, Gary (Kim) Mullis of Monroe, Randall Mullis of Charlotte, Gerald (Denise) Mullis of Cumming, GA, Janet (Nic) Natale of Lexington, SC, Raymond (Janelle) Mullis of New Salem, Vivian (Benny) Newsome of Lexington, NC, Stanley (Angel) Mullis of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Heather (Tim) Benham, Garren Mullis, Brandon (Cassidy) Mullis, Patrick (Kacey) Mullis, Rebecca Mullis, Courtney Mullis, Jared Natale, Evan Natale, Allie Newsome, Emily Newsome, Cloey Newsome; 2 great-grandchildren, Penelope Benham, Killian Mullis; sisters; Vera McBride of Hemby Bridge, Doris McClain of Hemby Bridge, Rachel (John) Starnes of Swartz Creek, MI, Joyce (Bill) Belk of Hemby Bridge, Jo (Warren) Watson of Mint Hill, Sylvia (Bill) Lemmond of Oakboro; brothers, Dale (Shirley) Mullis of Mint Hill, Jim (Bess) Mullis of Heath Springs, SC. Gene was born on October 16, 1937 in Mint Hill and lived in Wilgrove, Clear Creek, Monroe, and Hemby Bridge during his youth. He joined the Air Force in 1956 and served as a radar technician at Otis Air Force base in Buzzards Bay, MA to patrol the Atlantic Coast from MA to Bermuda. While in the Air Force, he met his wife, Nancy, who was also enlisted in the Air Force at the same base. After their service, they moved back to Charlotte/Mint Hill and worked as an appliance repairman for Home Appliance, a television and electronics technician for Philco, and then as a parts and warranty manager for Brown-Rogers-Dixon in Winston-Salem. In 1984, he and Nancy bought Harvey's Auto Parts, and ran the parts house until their retirement. His wide range of skills allowed him to diagnose and repair almost any type of engine, appliance, or electronic equipment as well as all aspects of construction. Without question, Gene considered his family, his greatest achievement. He led them by example, to live a strong Christian life as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed old tractors, NASCAR, and being everyone's go to guy when they needed to know how to do most anything. He will always be truly loved and missed by all. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 6-8 PM at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11 AM. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donors' choice. Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.raymerfh.com .
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