In the early morning hours of Friday, April 29, 2022 at the John L. McClellan Veteran’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, our Lord who makes no mistakes, deemed it time to call Freddie Lee (Rusty) Mullins, Jr. to his eternal rest. He was born to the late Freddie Lee Mullins, Sr. and Angie Marie Mullins on February 11, 1972 at Stuttgart Regional Hospital in Stuttgart, Arkansas.
Rusty was a very jovial, good-natured child from a very close knit family. When it came to his special care, the foods he desired or anything else, he wanted and depended on the loving treatment from his mother. He was proud to say he was a ‘Mama’s Boy’, while his sister Pamela is honored to say she is a ‘Daddy’s Girl’. He was a member of the Holy Benton Temple Church of God in Christ, Stuttgart. As a teenager he helped maintain the church lawn. He remained a faithful supporter of Holy Benton Temple and a faithful participant in the church’s twice-a-week Virtual Prayer Service. He always had the last words saying, ‘Good night, Sister O’Neal and good night, Pastor.’
He graduated from Stuttgart High School, Class of 1990. He was an avid sportsman and a member of the Stuttgart Ricebird football team.
In May 1991, Rusty enlisted in the United States Navy. He attained the rank of Signalman 3rd Class Petty Officer (SM3), while stationed on the USS Trenton (LPD-14) in Norfolk, Virginia. His career choice evinced his love to travel and opened doors for him to see the world. During his time of faithful service, he received several commendations: National Defense Metal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy “E” Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Award. He was honorably discharged in June 1996.
Rusty was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Jessie and Freddie Mae Allen-Mullins; his maternal grandparents Eugene and Mary Lee Robinson; aunts Jessie Mae Mullins Refeld, Mary Lynn Mullins, and Linda Jean Qualls; uncles Burnis (B.J.) Curtis, Curlee Kelley, Sr., Andrew Mullins, and James Mullins; and cousins Cedric Qualls and Felicia (Lee) Curtis.
Rusty leaves to cherish his precious memories his loving and totally devoted mother Angie Marie Mullins (Stuttgart, AR); his younger sister to whom he was a wonderful big brother Pamela LaTeise Mullins (Nashville, TN); a godsister Pashion Wofford (Nashville, TN); a godbrother Kendrick Moore (Dallas, TX); godnieces Christian, Ziona, and Gracen Wofford (all of Nashville, TN) and Sariyah Wright (Stuttgart, AR); a faithful former classmate Jomiah Crawley; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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