Roy A. Mullenix (August 9th, 1953 – September 6th, 2021)
Roy A. Mullenix left this earthly life at age 68 on September 6, 2021, in Crossville, TN. Although unexpected, it is fitting he passed away on Labor Day because he was the hardest working person his family ever knew.
He grew up roaming woods and creeks with his six brothers and one sister in Holt and the Green Acres neighborhood, with many tall tales about those days and the imaginary “Houston kids”. Roy was a self-taught, left-handed artist -- you name it, he could draw it. He used to flatten paper grocery sacks and use crayons to teach himself how to draw, but over the years his skill developed immensely. Drawing in old TV Guides was his favorite pastime, adding funny text to change the context of the photos on every page.
Roy always wanted to go to college but had a family of his own early on. He worked with his late father, Stillman Mullenix, doing carpentry work. The stability of the mines and its better pay drew him, and he quickly followed his brothers there. He hated every minute of being under the ground covered in coal dust, but he worked at Jim Walter #4 Mine in Brookwood for 30 years so that he could feed and clothe his family. His coworkers called him “Bullet” because he was known to be a hard worker who got the job done fast. He drew caricatures about mining life, and all the miners looked forward to the next one posted on the underground bulletin board. He made his own coloring books about coal for kids, which were sold at Moundville Archaeological Park for a time. He often went to the annual fair and set up a caricature station and dabbled in freelance artwork.
He loved to sing, which was mostly when driving, and he picked the mandolin with his brothers and friends. After he finally retired, he got brave enough to sing at the West Blocton Opry and often made homemade videos of himself singing old country songs. Roy was known to be a hard worker with a kind heart. He taught his children to play Indian Ball, a baseball-like game his grandfather taught him, and to have an appreciation for all kinds of music, to use their creative imaginations, and find work that made them happy. Roy loved the Crimson Tide, going to Holt High School football games and telling jokes about the War Chickens. His friends and family miss him immensely, but trust he is in the company of a choir of angels. He has gone to meet his mother, Willie Merle Driver, his father William Stillman Mullenix, his stepfathers R.C. Middlebrooks and Albert Smith; his brother Danny, and his grandparents Jayne Pearl Frazier and William Barna Driver.
He is survived by his first wife of nearly 40 years, Judy, and his second wife, Angela; his siblings: James, Jerry, Sam, Barry, and Rita; his children: Kristina, Allyson, and Michael; his step-children: Ashley, Carri, Sherri, and Allan; seven grandchildren and a whole slew of nieces, nephews, and cousins in Holt, Gordo, and Pickens County, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, follow your dreams and be happy. Spread kindness. Sing your favorite songs loud and often.