SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 23
(By Senators D. Hall, Chafin, Green, Unger, Cole and Stollings)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 55-16/40-0.01, in Allen Junction, Wyoming County, West Virginia, the “Reverend Edward and Mary Mullins Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Reverend Edward and Mary Mullins moved to Allen Junction in 1951, when they purchased property across the Guyandotte River from Route 16; and
Whereas, At the time, the residents living across the river from Route 16 had only a cable swinging foot bridge to reach their homes, but Reverend Mullins later purchased property on both sides of the river and allowed his property to be used for construction of a bridge that would enable the residents to reach their homes by automobile; and
Whereas, In addition to playing an instrumental role in getting the bridge built at Allen Junction and serving as its longtime caretaker, Reverend Mullins also constructed a building for the community to use as its post office, and it was used in that capacity for many years; and
Whereas, Reverend Mullins worked diligently in the coal mines while pastoring several churches over the years, and Mary served the churches he pastored as their secretary, janitor, baker or any other role in which she was needed. They both worked tirelessly to establish new churches in Wyoming County, some of which are still in existence today; and
Whereas, Reverend Mullins later served as the state superintendent for his church organization and was responsible for overseeing numerous churches around the state; and
Whereas, Reverend Edward and Mary Mullins were respected by all who knew them for their commitment to church and community and for the spirit of devoted service with which they lived their lives; and
Whereas, Sadly, Reverend Edward Mullins passed away on June 22, 1970, and his beloved wife, Mary Mullins, followed him home to the Lord on January 6, 1975. They are survived by their children, James E. Mullins and Ruby Mullins Byrd, and their grandchildren, James Mullins, Lonnie Mullins, Robert Mullins and Deborah Mullins Conner; and
Whereas, It is only fitting that we name this bridge, which Reverend and Mary Mullins were so instrumental in having built, to honor their many contributions to the community of Allen Junction and greater Wyoming County, and for their enduring legacy of service; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 55-16/40-0.01, in Allen Junction, Wyoming County, West Virginia, the “Reverend Edward and Mary Mullins Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge proclaiming the bridge the “Reverend Edward and Mary Mullins Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways and to James E. Mullins and Ruby Mullins Byrd.