Garland Theodore Mull, 91, died Friday, June 25, 2010 following a brief illness. He was born in Burke County on October 5, 1918 and was a son of the late John Henry and Margaret Ellen Lefevers Mull. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Eleanor Cowan Mull and by a son Judge John Ray Mull. He was also predeceased by brothers, James Edgar Mull, John Jackson Mull, and Dewey William Mull; and by sisters, Bessie Marie Hefner, Princess Elizabeth Coulter, Ruby Irene Cuthbertson, Esther Raye Scott, and Lillie Mae Grady.Mr. Mull was an honor student of his graduating class at Glen Alpine High School, a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and a retired employee of Henredon Furniture Company. A lifelong resident of Burke County, Garland was also a faithful and lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Glen Alpine, where he was a member of the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class. Garland was also an avid hunter and a productive gardener.Surviving are a son, Richard Theodore Mull, M. D. and his wife, Sonya, of Bluefield, WV; grandchildren, John Mull, Jr. and Matthew Mull both of Glen Alpine; Rebecca Mull of Myrtle Beach, SC; Richard Mull and William Mull of Asheville, NC; and Connor Theodore Mull and Avery Margaret Mull of Bluefield; and great-grandchildren, Damon, Skyler, and Zoey Mull."My father was a man of absolute integrity, who believed in his family, his friends, his church, and his community. He is the only person I have ever met who has never told a lie." said Dr. Mull. "Burke County lost one of its truest and most faithful sons when Garland left us."The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2010 at First Baptist Church, Glen Alpine with Rev. Michael Brown and Mr. Garland West officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Valdese American Legion Post 234. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 557, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.

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