By NEMS Daily Journal
Charles Ray “Charlie” Mullinnix, 92, died on the eve of a Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club 64th birthday celebration.
Mullinnix, known as “Mr. Civitan,” was instrumental in making the club the largest in the world.
He joined the club in November 1953, and during his lifetime brought in 278 members to the club.
During the club’s birthday celebration, the program was turned over to members telling stories about their friend and fellow civitan. They told of travels with Mullinnix, his initiations of new members and how he could always tell a story and get a laugh every time, regardless of the number of times someone had heard the story.
One member told of Mullinnix during his days of public speaking and how they traveled to clubs, weddings and a variety of events for him to speak.
The member said Mullinnix was speaking to a nursing home and when he was done, he said “there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.”
Charles Ray “Charlie” Mullinnix, 92, a longtime local and regional civic leader, former Tupelo Outstanding Citizen, master Civitan Club member and leader of the United Methodist Church, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence in Tupelo.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Moore, 975 Hwy. 348, Guntown, MS 38849; or Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club, P.O. Box 661, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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