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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 24 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 24

(By Mr. Speaker (Mr. Thompson) and Delegates Staggers, Arvon, Azinger, Barill, Barrett, Boggs, Border, Campbell, Canterbury, Craig, Diserio, Eldridge, Ellington, Faircloth, Ferns, Fleischauer, Fragale, Frich, Guthrie, Hartman, Howell, Hunt, Jones, Lawrence, Lynch, Manypenny, Marshall, Miley, Morgan, Moye, O'Neal, Pasdon, Perry, L. Phillips, Pino, D. Poling, M. Poling, Poore, Rowan, Skinner, P. Smith, Sobonya, Storch, Swartzmiller, Tomblin, Walker, Wells, White and Young)



Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge on County Route 23, in Pax, Fayette County, towards the Lively area, bridge number 10-23-6.25, as the "Rex Lane Mullins Memorial Bridge".

     Whereas, Rex Lane Mullins was born on February 1, 1960, and was the third of five children born to Richard and Joan Mullins. He was a lifelong resident of the Pax, West Virginia area located in Fayette County. He attended Pax Elementary School and participated in their basketball program. He graduated from Mt. Hope High School and lettered in their basketball and football programs. He also attended Fayette County Vocational Technical School and was certified in masonry. His masonry certification gave him the opportunity to work his first job for Delegate John Pino of Oak
Hill. Rex Lane Mullins married Crystal Williams at age nineteen. They had three children, Jason Lane, Amanda Lynn (deceased at birth) and Geneva Dawn. Shortly after his son, Jason, was born Rex Lane Mullins entered into the mining industry. He worked in the mines for 30 years for several companies beginning at Bonnie Mines in Raleigh County, Marrowbone in Mingo County, and finally at Upper Big Branch in Raleigh County; and
     Whereas, Rex Lane Mullins thoroughly enjoyed coaching grade school children's basketball games as a resident of the Pax community. He was also a loyal supporter of the Mt. Hope basketball and football games. He was a member of the Pax Advent Christian Church. As a child, Rex was introduced to fishing, hunting and camping and continued to enjoy these activities in his adulthood. He was a gardener, a wood craftsman and an avid West Virginia University Mountaineer fan with a room completely dedicated to the Mountaineers. Rex was a loving, kind, thoughtful, gentle yet strong, smart, empathetic, funny, but serious, person. He had a quiet nature, was a hardworking and responsible provider for his family and community and a person who did not take his responsibilities lightly. He believed in being loyal and respectful to his family and friends. Every year at his home Rex, assisted by his son Jason, treated his family and neighbors to a spectacular fireworks display on the 4th of July; and

      Whereas, Rex Lane Mullins was a loving father, son, husband,
grandfather, brother, uncle, and stepfather who, on April 5, 2010, lost his life in the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. He gave his life producing West Virginia coal to provide lights for our community, our state and our nation; and
     Whereas, It is fitting to honor Rex Lane Mullins by naming the bridge at County Route 23, in Pax, Fayette County, towards the Lively area, bridge number 10-23-6.25, as the "Rex Lane Mullins Memorial Bridge; therefore, be it

     Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

     That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name the bridge on County Route 23, in Pax, Fayette County, towards the Lively area, bridge number 10-23-6.25, as the "Rex Lane Mullins Memorial Bridge"; and, be it

     Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the "Rex Lane Mullins Memorial Bridge"; and, be it

     Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation; and to the surviving family and relatives of Rex Lane Mullins: His wife; Brenda Keeton Mullins of Lively; mother, Joan Mullins; son, Jason Mullins and wife Ashley of Pax; daughter, Geneva Mullins Blake and husband Justin of Parkersburg, West Virginia; sisters, Sherry Mullins Scurlock and husband Jay of MacArthur, and Kassie Mullins Smith of Red Star;
brothers, Clay Mullins and wife Debbie of Pax, and Yancy Mullins and wife Cathy of Mt. Hope; stepchildren, Jeremy Walker of Ashland, Kentucky, Tessa Walker of Pax and Joseph Walker of Sumter, South Carolina; grandchildren, Kailey Rose Mullins, Emma Grace Mullins, Zoe Blake, Dominic Walker, Kristen Crawford and Kolton Dorsey.
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