Matt Mullis
Matt Mullis -FORT VALLEY - Matt Mullis, 51, died Friday, May 1, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 11A.M. Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Harvest Church with Rev. Jim Cowart officiating. -Born in Macon, Matt graduated from Peach County High School and attended Georgia Southern College and Macon College. He was the former owner and operator of Dairy Queen of Fort Valley, served as a Peach County Commissioner for eleven years and a member of Harvest Church. -Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Donna Smallwood Mullis of Fort Valley; his son, Justin Mullis of Smyrna; sisters and brother, Regilynn Williams (Jim) of Waco, Texas, Holly Posey (Scott) of Reynolds, Jim Mullis (Pam) of Columbus, MS, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Reginald Mullis and Jimmy and Joyce Beeland Smith. -In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Harvest Church, 3322 N. Highway 41, Byron, GA 31008. -The family will receive friends at their residence. -Rooks Funeral Home in Fort Valley is in charge of arrangements.
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Published by The Telegraph on May 4, 2009.
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Thinking of my friend on this anniversary of his death. He is surely missed by all that knew him
David Bowden
May 1, 2010
I grew up in Fort Valley and remember playing little league against Matt. He was a fierce competitor. My heart and sympathy goes out to the family.
Ricky Speir
March 5, 2010
Donna,

I was so sorry to hear about Matt. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Just take it a day at a time.

Love ya,
Freida Davis
Juliette Ga 31046
freida davis
June 19, 2009
Donna & Justin,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss of Matt. He was a wonderful influence on Phillip during those years of recreation league baseball. I very much appreciated the time and energy he put into all those groups of children. We we're blessed to have been touched during his life.
Sincerely,
Carolyn L. Raines
Carolyn Raines
May 20, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about Matt. Joey and I grew up with him since we were all kids in the Valley. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in our family are with you all now.
Tony Rodriguez
May 19, 2009
Holly & Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I worked with Matt at the DQ for over 6 years, I watched him grow up. He will be missed.
My heart goes out to you all,
Yvonne Cadenhead - Hawkinsville, Ga
May 18, 2009
Dear Mullis Family,
I was in Matt's graduating class and grew up knowing Matt in school. I am so sorry to hear about Matt's death. My prayers are with you. May God comfort you.
Lettie Watford
May 15, 2009
Donna,
I am so sorry to hear about Matt. We were out of town and did not know until last Thursday. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go with you and yours. Memories are for sharing. Love to you . [email protected]
Terry Loyd Rainey
May 11, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Don and Sunnie Hudson
May 10, 2009
We were next door neighbors of the Mullis family for several years. We enjoyed getting to know all the kids. Matt was so special. Such a fun, happy child. It is so sad to hear he is gone. Reggie, Jimbo and Holly - it has been a long time since we've seen you, but we still think of you with fond memories, too.
Joanne & Bob Bennett
May 9, 2009
Please Know that our thoughts are
with the Mullis family at this
time
Betty and Charles Blair
May 8, 2009
Dear Donna and Justin,
I will keep you in my prayers during this heartbreaking time. I'm so sorry for all the pain and sadness you must endure. You know GOD will comfort you now and always. Love, Caren Johnston (formerly Lane)
May 7, 2009
I became friends with Matt when he still owned the Dairy Queen. I worked as his bookkeeper, he would sit and talk, he had such a down to earth personality. I was saddened, we have lost a good man, father, and husband. I saw him recently at of all things someone's funeral and he talked of his love for his family and how fast time had passed. He will be sorely missed, men of his caliber are hard to find. Please find solace in the fact that so many people know and love your family and time does help heal the pain somewhat. God bless and keep you until the sun shines again.
May 7, 2009
Donna and Justin,(Mullis family)
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Cherish your memories and know that your pain will ease as time goes on. If you need to talk, I'm here with open arms. Love You
Sue Roach
May 6, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. May God Bless you.
Cynthia Brannon
May 6, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. I will always remember him for his patience and helpfulness at the DQ. Donna, Justin, Jim and Holly I will remember all of you and your family in my prayers. May God Bless each of you and hold you close during your time of sorrow.
Marie Coleman
May 6, 2009
Matt greeted me with open arms as a new volunteer with the Harvest parking lot crew. He was a good man and I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing and serving with him. May God be with you..............
Doug Daniels
May 5, 2009
I am so so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our prayers. If there is anything that we can do, please let us know.
Erin Crutchfield Rowe
May 5, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you.
Terry & Darlene Landreth
May 5, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers
Nichole Joyner-Signer
May 5, 2009
Dear Mullis Family,
I am thankful for precious memories of our families being neighbors for 9 years, 'back in the day' when children could safely play outside all day long, only going inside for meals or Kool-Aid!

I hope that you are surrounded by the love of family and friends and that you will find the peace that passes all human understanding. Matt is having a wonderful reunion in Heaven!

Love and hugs,
Joy (Withers) Brown
Joy Brown
May 5, 2009
Justin- Our prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.
Sara Conner Niswender
May 5, 2009
Donna and Justin,
Daryl and I are so sorry for your loss. Matt and I were in school together and shared a lot of good times. I will always remember him when he owned the Dairy Queen and the many hamburgers that he provided to the athletes at Peach County, including my daugher Kristen. Also I know that Justin and Krystle were friends in high school together and still stay in touch.

Please know that you, Justin and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Phillipians 4:13 :"I CAN do ALL things thru Christ who strengthens me".

Daryl and Melaine Hawkins
Daryl/Melaine Hawkins
May 5, 2009
May God keep you and bless you in your time of sorrow. Your family is in my prayers.
Tina Brown-Harbuck
May 5, 2009
MULLIS FAMILY,
WE ARE SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MATT. HEATHER AND I WORKED WITH HIM A EASTERLIN PECAN.
WE WILL MISS HIM. MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR
DURING THIS TIME.
GLENDA COPE AND HEATHER WILFORD
GLENDA COPE
May 5, 2009
Justin, Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Matt- from the Dairy Queen, to Ormond Beach, Grandma's Christmas Eve party every year, and lately at Harvest. You all are like family and I am praying for you. Love you, Liz Lane
Liz Lane
May 5, 2009
Kimberly and I are praying for you and your families. We are with you in thought and prayer. (friends of Scott and Holly Posey)
Nathan Johns
May 5, 2009
Donna and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you strength to get thru this. Our prayers are with you.
Beth & Randall Singleton
May 5, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Linda Staples Nipper
May 5, 2009
Donna and Justin there are no words to truly express the sorrow that I feel right now for your loss. Matt was such a big part of our parking ministry at Harvest and a true brother in Christ. I cannot think of an event we have had at Harvest that Matt, JJ and myself were not a big part of and loved every second of it. I will never forget his smile and relaxed nature but most of all his love for kids. My 7 year old thought that "Mr. Matt" hung the moon and looked so forward to seeing him each sunday in "the lot" at church. He had a true servants heart and will recieve his just rewards in heaven. I pray for the Holy Spirit to ease your pain and help your heart heal until the day that you are all reunited.
Jon Mason
May 5, 2009
Dear Ones All,
I lived in Ft. Valley as a child, and again when I taught school for six years there. I have fond memories of Matt and especially appreciate the kindness he showed to my grandmother in later years, whenever she got a chance to go to DQ for a special treat. He is much missed. May God give you strength and comfort.
Donna Andrews Dawson
May 4, 2009
Justin,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Even though we haven't spoke in a while please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Summer Bell
May 4, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Walter Haussner
May 4, 2009
Donna and Justin, I really am sorry for your loss. Justin I was in school with your father from the 2nd grade through the 12th grade. I remember going to the DQ after Little League games and seeing your Grandmother and your father. Donna I am glad that I helped get you two together and I probably got to know you better than he did, since when we were in class together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
John Pribbenow
May 4, 2009
Donna and Family,

My heart is heavy as I pray for each of you. Only God can give you the strength that you need during this trying time and He will also carry you in the days to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Warmest regards,
Diane Mullis O'Brien
Diane O'Brien
May 4, 2009
Donna and Justin,
What can we say? So many memories about Pine Needles, so many talks about Ga. Southern. But we are not to question why. It is all a part of God's plan. Cling to what you had and cherish it forever. Our prayers are with you.
Billy and Barbara Davidson
Billy/Barbara Davidson
May 4, 2009
Donna and Justin, Matt was always so kind to me. Justin, you were just a baby when I bought y'alls house on Knoxville. Then you were my student at PCHS. Now, I am so saddened to hear about Matt. My sincere sympathies. May God ease your pain and your memories sustain you in your time of sorrow.
Sincerely, Betty Duke Johnson
May 4, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Kim Brown-Gurr
May 4, 2009
Matt and I went to school together thru the 12th grade. I will always remember his big smile and his kind heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Toni Frederick White
May 4, 2009
I do not know what words will comfort you during this time. I just hope you remember only the good times. My childhood was changed from the kindness of the people in this little town and Matt was one of them.
the yingling family
May 4, 2009
Donna,Jimbo and the entire family, May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ms. Mullis, Matt and Jimbo at the Dairy Queen. They were some of the happiest times of my life. Donna, I remember when you and Matt married. Hold on to those fond memories and they will give you some comfort. Love you,
Minister Sheila Walker Crawford
May 4, 2009
i worked with matt at the wire shop in ft valley he was a good man and had a kind soul. my deepest sympathy's for your loss.
Victor Rangel
May 4, 2009
I am so very sorry for your loss. God Bless each of you.
Judy Gaultney Sanders
May 4, 2009
Matt and I grew side by side until the tender age of 10.We spent a lot of our time in a big pecan tree in between the two houses.We would climb up and eat Dilly bars and try to avoid doing any chores or having to go inside.He would tell me a lie and I would tell him a lie and we would compliment each others lies and that is how he became my best friend.The thought of not ever seeing your sweet face again is truelly heartbreaking.To all the Mullis family and especially Donna and Justin- I love you all and will keep you in my prayers.......... Libby Cleveland Brooks
May 4, 2009
You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Bobby&Stephanie Lawhorn
Stephanie Lawhorn
May 4, 2009
Jimbo and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. May you find comfort in his memory. You are in our thougts and prayers
Lisa Newberry Gootee
May 4, 2009
Donna and Family,
I am sadden to here about your loss Donna you and Matt has always meant so much to me I am very sorry to hear about this. May God be with you in a time of of need. Love ya!
Alecia Giles-Kellett
May 4, 2009
Donna,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are so sorry.
Waverlyn and Algin Grant
May 4, 2009
Donna & Family....
We are sadden to here of your loss. May God Bless each of you during the days ahead. Keep your faith, lean on the Lord and know that he will give each of you strength to get through each day. All of you are in our prayers!
Bucky & Terri (mullis) Ferguson
May 4, 2009
To The Mullis Family, My prayers and love is with all of you at this time. May you find comfort in Christ. I will truly miss Matt and his smile. When we would run into each other he would always say something to make me laugh.
Sandra Wilder-DeLoach
May 4, 2009
I played baseball with Matt at PCHS when I was a senior and he a sophomore. He was the short stop and MVP of the first PCHS team to make it to sub-region, and we may have won it if the games had not been scheduled the same day as our Jr./Sr. prom. I remember those days with fondness, as I hope you do when remembering Matt. My prayers are with you.
Sonny Bailey
May 4, 2009
May your memories of Matt comfort you in your time of loss.

Jackie Osborn
Harvest Media Ministry
May 4, 2009
My memories of Matt will always be of the kind and gentle man who befriended me and my family from the moment we met. He always cared, and always had an encouraging word. We will miss our friend greatly.
Jeff Akin
May 4, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gary & Belinda Joyner
May 4, 2009
Please accept my sincere condolences. I grew up in Fort Valley and knew both Matt and his mother from the Dairy Queen days....God Bless your family at this difficult time.
Sheila Smith-Christmas
May 4, 2009
I grew up going to the Dairy Queen everyday, of course I couldn't help it because my grandmother's shop is right next door. Matt gave me my very first job at the DQ. He was always so kind and understanding, this news has made me very sad. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. May God comfort you in this time of loss.
Heather (Anthony) Allmon
May 4, 2009
Mullis Family,
I am praying for you. I pray that the Lord will comfort you and carry you through this very difficult time.

I have fond memories of living down the street from you in Fort Valley and going to elementary school with Matt. I remember one time when Matt gave me a bag of lemons in the 6th grade, because he knew I loved lemons.(He was my boyfriend at the time!) I also have good memories of the Dairy Queen. What would we have done without the DQ? There would have been nowhere to eat in Fort Valley.

Donna, I am praying that the Lord will wrap his arms around you and your son and minister to you as only He can.
In Christ's Love,
Donna Eubanks Dunnam
Donna Eubanks Dunnam
May 4, 2009
To Donna and Family - you have my deepest sympathy in your time of loss. Prayer will help you through this difficult time.
Rojeanna Adams
May 4, 2009
Reggie,

Jerry and I are so sorry for the loss of your brother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jerry and Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen
May 4, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Dan Cassidy
May 4, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Leonard and Paula Pender
May 4, 2009
Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy. My prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
W. Giles
May 4, 2009
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Linda & Ernie Gaines
May 4, 2009
Somethings we will never understand until we meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Matt will truely be missed. His smile, yet serious face as he direted us out every Sunday. We pray that you find comfort in our Heavenly Father.
Jay&Sheila Aycock
May 4, 2009
I will always remember matt for what he was to me,,, a kind, caring individual who was a giver,,,,, I will surely miss him,,, my deepest condolences to donna and justin
john kosater
May 4, 2009
To the Mullis Family my prayers are with this family. Matt gave me my first job at Dairy Queen.I worked with this family for quite some time. he will be truly missed.
Rosa Watkins- Williams
May 4, 2009
Jim and Family...I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.
Kim Watson Hill
May 4, 2009
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