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After a life spent serving his family and our Lord, Edward “Lee” Mullican passed peacefully at home into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by Jean, his sweetheart of 64 years, and his children on October 11, 2021.
Lee was born on December 10, 1937 to William Franklin Mullican Sr. and Esta Lee Carr Mullican in Wink, Texas and grew up among the oil fields of West Texas with a short stint in New Mexico. At the age of 17, he finally noticed a young lady from Bronte, Jean Moore. Little did he know at the time, but that young lady had noticed Lee at least 2 years earlier and claimed him as her own. After a courtship that lasted 3 years, the two were married on June 17, 1961. In the midst of their courtship, Lee enlisted in the U.S. Army in March of 1960. After basic training and training at Signal School, Lee was stationed, much to the chagrin of his new wife, in Anchorage, Alaska. Undeterred, Jean vowed she would not be joining him in Alaska until she had $1000.00 saved in the bank. After spending 3 years in the service and cherished time in Alaska, Lee and Jean returned to West Texas to start what would prove to be a beautiful life and marriage.
After graduating from West Texas State University in the fall of 1964, Lee and Jean moved to Shreveport, LA so Lee could start his new career in the oil industry with Dowell. While in Shreveport, Lee and Jean, welcomed the birth of Todd Edward Mullican. God’s timing was realized as Todd’s full, and complete life came to an end almost 5 days later. In 1966, Lee and Jean moved to Kilgore, TX and God, in His perfect timing, blessed Lee and Jean with another son, Timothy Lee Mullican. Two years later, He blessed them again with the birth of a beautiful daughter, Julie Renea Mullican. In 1970, Lee moved his family to Houston and continued working for Dowell. Then in 1974, Lee finally received the job with Tenneco Oil in Oklahoma City that would allow him to realize his true potential in the oil industry. From 1974 until 1989, Lee worked for Tenneco in the “oil patch” and in the office to provide for his family and their future. Throughout those years with Tenneco, God showed his faithfulness by blessing most, if not all, of what Lee desired to accomplish. This was never more evident than by the incredible dream that he, Jean, brother, Larry Don Mullican, sister-in-law Betty Kay Barrett Mullican, and numerous family and friends were able to complete in 5 short summers. The cabin retreat, located in the mountains of New Mexico and affectionately named “The Family Affair,” has been a favorite spot to kick back and relax for over 40 years for our family and many friends. Lee was so proud that he and his brother were able to take on something of that magnitude and succeed with nary a cross word between them.
In 1989, due to the roller-coaster economics of the “oil patch” and a change in ownership at Tenneco, Lee embraced the opportunity to move into a consulting role within the oil and gas industry. This change turned out to be the best thing imaginable as Lee experienced the true meaning of Psalms 46:10, be still Lee, and know that I am God…
From 1990 until 2015, Lee continued to work in the oil business as a consultant, while also focusing on his personal relationship with God. In 1990, Lee and Jean found their home at Quail Springs Church of Christ and for the next 30 plus years, Lee poured himself into serving others. Whether it was talking with a concerned farmer, or serving as an elder at Quail Springs he showed his gift of communication. As an active member of numerous “Connections” groups at church, or as a mentor to dozens of men, he felt God directed to give back to others. Passionately serving the community through volunteering for over 20 years with Edmond Mobile Meals, Lee was able to use his talent for “never meeting a stranger.” To this day his grandchildren tell stories of Grandy talking with cashiers at Sam’s, anyone that would listen while eating breakfast at McDonalds or the person sitting next to him as he attended the countless events that his grandchildren were involved in. Few men were more proud of their family than Lee. If you gave him 10 minutes, he would take twenty just to brag on his family!
Lee was preceded in death by his infant son Todd Edward Mullican, his parents, and his brothers William Franklin Mullican Jr. and Jerry Wayne Mullican, and sister-in-law Doris Faye Bourn Mullican. Lee is survived by the love of his life, Jean Renea Mullican, son Timothy Lee Mullican and wife Sheri, daughter Julie Renea Mullican Repplinger and husband Ron, grandchildren, Kylea Rene Mullican Nichols and husband Matt, Brannen Todd Mullican and wife Ashleigh, Chaney Michelle Amy Mullican, Gage Mullican Williams, Daniel Dallas Williams, Logan Lee Williams, Jared Wayne Repplinger and wife Becky, Morgan Paige Repplinger, Hannah Grace Repplinger, his first great-grandson due in February 2022, sister Esta Marjorie Mullican Hood and husband Bill, brother Larry Don Mullican and wife Betty, sister-in-law, Sharon Lee Mullican and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday October 22, 1-8 pm at Buchanan Funeral Service, with the family being there from 6-8 pm. There will be a Praise and Worship service Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 pm, followed by Lee’s Celebration of Life at 2:00 pm at The Springs Church of Christ, 21477 N. Western, Edmond, OK. Memorial gifts can be made in Lee’s honor to the following: The Springs Church of Christ or Edmond Mobile Meals.