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Samuel Joseph Mullins / April 11, 2011
Samuel Joseph “Joe” Mullins of 1015 Markey Trail, Alton died Sunday, April 10, 2011 at his home. Born on Aug. 24, 1964 in Havre DeGrace, Md., he was 46 at the time of his death. Mr. Mullins was a member of Victory Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Catherine French and “Dad” William Kelley French of Alton, a daughter Bobbi Jo Mullins of the home, a step daughter Tiffany Pierce of Danville, his grandmother, Yvonne Bishop of Cardiff, Md., two sisters, Kathy Jones and husband, Larry and Debbie French and fiancé, Kenny Williams, all of Alton, two brothers, Bill French of Gretna and Labon French of Dallas, and a grandchild Atorn Chaos Armstrong, two step grandchildren, Nataliee and Jeramiah Moore and a close friend Al Pierce. He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Joe Mullins.

A funeral for Mr. Mullins will be conducted on Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Ringgold with the Rev. Chad Branch officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Danville. Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. prior to the service at Victory Baptist Church, and at other times at the home, 1015 Markey Trail, Alton.

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