Dr. John Russell Mullens
                                   DR. JOHN RUSSELL MULLENS
      Dr. John Russell Mullens, 59, died Friday, June 24,
2016 after a short illness.  
      Born December 4, 1956 in Richwood, WV, he was the
son of Dana Ray Mullens and Edith M. Bond Mullens.  John
graduated from Nicholas County High School.  He received
a RBA in Journalism and Theatre from Marshall University,
a MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in
Dramatic Literature from Bowling Green State University.
      Dr. Mullens was a Professor of Languages and
Literature and the Chair of the Department of Languages,
Literature and Communications for New River Community
and Technical College.  He was located at the Nicholas
County Campus in Summersville, where he spent his time
doing what he loved, teaching.  He served as the Dean of
Instructional Services for both New River CTC and Glenville
State College.  Dr. Mullens also taught at Glenville State
College and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.
      Dr. Mullens was instrumental in assisting with New
River CTC’s accreditation since the inception of the College
in 2003, as well as Glenville State College’s accreditation.  
He served on the School of Practical Nursing Advisory
Board, the Summersville Public Library Board of Directors,
the Executive Committee of the Central WV TECH-PREP
Consortium, as well as numerous College committees.
      John loved the theatre and was involved in many
different aspects of directing, acting, production, lighting,
promotion and theatre management.  Examples of plays
that he directed or acted in were Romeo and Juliet, A
Christmas Carol, An Evening Much Wilder, Blithe Spirit, and
On Golden Pond.
      Those left to cherish his memory are his brothers and
sister, Michael Ray Mullens, Randall Wayne Mullens and
his son Shane, and William Edward (Speedy) Mullens, and
Karen Jean Mullens Foster; sister-in-law, Karen Beth
      Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday,
June 27, 2016 in the White Funeral Home at Summersville.  
Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at
      Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from
noon until service time.
      In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the New
River Community and Technical College 6101 Webster
Road Summersville, WV 26651.
      Condolences may be sent to the family at www.
      White Funeral Home in Summersville is honored to be
serving the Mullens family.
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