Harry L. Mullican, born on February 27, 1932, in Abington, Pennsylvania, was a man whose life was filled with purpose and service. On Saturday, July 22, 2023, Harry peacefully passed away at Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care’s Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, North Carolina, leaving behind a legacy of inspiration and faith. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Earl Mullican and Florence Weiss Mullican.
Throughout his journey, Harry lived a life full of compassion and dedication to his calling. From 1965 to 1970, and again from 1982 to 1986, he served as a missionary to the Jews at Buffalo Hebrew Christian Mission in Buffalo, New York. It was during these years that Harry’s heart was deeply touched by the lives he encountered, as he embraced the opportunity to share the love of the Lord with those seeking guidance and hope.
In 1972, Harry took on the role of pastor at Orviston Bible Church, where he faithfully shepherded the congregation for almost a decade until 1981. His insightful teachings and genuine care for his flock made a lasting impact on their lives, as he guided them through spiritual growth and encouraged them to walk in the path of righteousness.
Following his retirement and relocation to Hendersonville, North Carolina, Harry continued to serve others by working for Apple Country Transportation for over 10 years. While this may have been a different kind of service, his commitment to helping others never wavered, and he brought joy to many through his warm smile and kindhearted nature.
However, it was in his role as a chaplain in the Monroe County Jail in Rochester, New York, that Harry found true fulfillment. From 1986 until his retirement in 1998 he was “behind bars” dedicating himself to the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, touching the hearts of countless inmates with words of encouragement, faith, and redemption. His unwavering belief in the power of transformation extended hope to those who needed it most.
A proud veteran of the United States Navy, Harry served his country from 1951 to 1955 with honor and valor. His commitment to duty and love for his nation was an integral part of his character, exemplifying the values he held dear.
Harry’s faith was a cornerstone of his life, and alongside his beloved wife Shirley, he found solace and community at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville since 2002. The fellowship he experienced there enriched his spiritual journey, allowing him to deepen his relationship with God and share his passion for the Gospel with others.
Harry was blessed to have found true love in Shirley Gray Mullican, whom he married in Muncie, Indiana in September 1955. Their marriage was a testament to love, loyalty, and mutual respect. Together, they built a beautiful life and shared countless cherished memories.
Harry was a devoted father to his two daughters, Patricia “Patti” Smith (Tim) and Jennifer Horne (James). He loved them unconditionally and found immense joy in their happiness and success. As a grandfather, Harry was a constant source of love, guidance, and support to his four grandchildren, Savannah Steele (Cory), Shelbie Belcher (Rodger), Shane Smith (Alyson), and Shalena; and his two great-grandsons, Jack Steele and Wayne Smith. He is also survived by his two younger brothers, Frank and Jim, along with their families.
Services honoring Harry’s life will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Scoggins will officiate the celebration of Harry’s life. Following the service, interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Harry will be laid to rest with military honors provided by the United States Navy. Prior to the service, friends and loved ones are invited to pay their respects and support the family from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Harry’s memory are invited to make a memorial donation to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. Contributions can be sent to P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607, or made online at www.samaritanspurse.org.