Rev. Melvin Eugene MullikinCOLUMBIA - The Rev.Melvin Eugene Mullikin, of Columbia, S.C., died on Sunday, June 23, 2013, after a short illness. He was 83. Rev. Mullikin was born on May 18, 1930, in Greenville, and was the son of Melvin B. Mullikin and Josephine Smith Fox. Rev. Mullikin graduated from Greenville High School and Furman University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and was ordained as a United Methodist minister in the South Carolina Conference in 1956. Rev. Mullikin was a masterful preacher, a caring minister, and had an extraordinary ministerial career until his retirement in 1995. His appointments included pastorates at Adnah/Antioch/ India Hook in Rock Hill, Greeleyville/Lane/Salters, Highland Park in Florence, Broad Street in Clinton, and St. John's and Charles Wesley in Aiken. He served as a Superintendent of the Rock Hill District, was on the staff of the United Methodist Publishing House and was an editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. Rev. Mullikin served on numerous conference boards and agencies including the Board of Missions, the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Board of Pension and Health Benefits, the Board of Church Locations and Building, and the District Committee on Ministry. Rev. Mullikin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Stall Mullikin of Columbia; his daughter, Leigh Mullikin Nason of Columbia; his son and daughter-in-law, Hayne and Linda Mullikin of Rock Hill; his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and David Mauldin of Greenville; and two grandchildren, Katherine Mullikin of Rock Hill and Emily Nason of Columbia. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, in the chapel of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, Greenville, S.C., with the Rev. Kenneth L. Nelson officiating. The family will receive friends at the conclusion of the service. A private burial will be held in Springwood Cemetery. The family of Rev. Mullikin wishes to express its profound thanks to the staff of Atria at Forest Lakes for the extraordinary and continuing care, comfort, and support provided to Rev. and Mrs. Mullikin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the S.C. Annual Conference Seminary Scholar-ship Fund in care of the S.C. United Methodist Foundation "Seminary Student Scholarship Fund," P.O. Box 5087, Columbia, SC 29250. The Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Drive, Greenville, S.C.
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Published in The Herald on June 25, 2013