Obituary for Deborah “Debbie” Jean Mullins

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Deborah “Debbie” Jean Mullins, 67, of Belmont passed away August 7, 2023. She was born December 3, 1955 in Montgomery County, Virginia, a daughter of the late Harold Herbert Mullins and Rosa Lee Sutphin Mullins.

Debbie attended New River Community College where she studied accounting. She retired after 30 years of service as a Controller of the City Club of Charlotte. She was a member of Union Road Church where she taught ladies Sunday School and served in the ladies ministry. Debbie also served as a Core Leader and as a Teaching Director of Gastonia Women’s Eve Community Bible Study for over 10 years. She led a summer Bible study as well.

Debbie is survived by her maternal aunts, Gloeda Gay Sutphin Alderman of Dublin, VA, and Shelbie Marie Marenka (George) of Lanham, Maryland; paternal aunts, Carol Wood Atkinson of Montgomery County, VA, and Brenda Mullins Waddell of Kentucky; special friend, Paula Dean and family; stepdaughter, Lisa Mountjoy; stepgrandson, Jeremy Ingraham; amazon parrot, Birdie Purdy; and numerous friends and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Arthur and Lucille Mullins; maternal grandparents, Russell D. Sutphin and Hallie Mae Reece Sutphin; uncles, Ersell Alderman, Ernest Waddell, and William Glendon Sutphin (Ellen Sanford Sutphin); aunt, Patty Mae Sutphin Gibbs (Robert Edward Gibbs); and beloved companion, Josie.

The family will receive friends at Union Road Church from 2:00pm until 3:00pm on Sunday, August 13, 2023. A funeral service will follow at 3:00pm with Rev. Terry Mull officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Road Church, 2315 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054 or to Gideons International in honor of Ersell Alderman, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251.

Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Mullins family.