By: Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.com
June 4, 2013
Alice Miller Ballard Mullins, age 90 of Danville, WV, passed away May 27, 2013.
Alice was born on November 25, 1922 to Susanna Miller and Jeremiah Miller at the head of Six Mile creek in Boone County. She was the youngest of eleven children.
Alice married Aubrey C. Ballard November 8, 1947. She and Aubrey owned and operated a grocery store at Haddleton for several years.
The store was a gathering place for family and neighbors. Aubrey’s son, Seibert, and grandchildren, Larry, Joe, Jenny, and Terry were frequent visitors and a big part of Alice’s family.
Aubrey died October 17, 1971.
Alice and Hayes Mullins were married April 28, 1977. She and Hayes traveled throughout the area and knew the “country roads” of the surrounding area better than most due to their hobbies of berry picking and “searching for treasures” with a metal detector and often having success. Both loved to garden and shared their harvest with others.
Alice loved quilting and hand stitched many beautiful quilts. She loved flowers and collected flower seeds which she sold by mail. She was an avid Bible reader and liked to discuss the scripture. She regularly answered the Bible questions published weekly in the Coal Valley News and was often recognized for answering all the questions correctly. Alice was a good cook and delighted in putting a good meal on the table.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Hayes Mullins who died April 27, 2000; her parents; and all her siblings: Myrtle Mabe, Velva Roberts, Mattie Sanders, Gladys Ball, Burtis Miller, Dollie Ballard; by her nephews Leslie Roberts, Boyd Mabe and Marvin Sanders; by nieces, Zena Maye Sanders, Helen (Ball) Qualy, Nola (Ball) Gee, Inez (Sanders) Mathews and Faye (Sanders) Derouin; and by her stepson, Seibert Ballard.
Alice is survived by her stepchildren: James Michael Mullins of Warren, Ohio, Jerry Hayes Mullins of Morrisvale and Donna Jones of Danville; and many step grandchildren: Larry Ballard, Joe Ballard, Jenny Ballard, Terry Ballard, Tammy (Jones) Kennedy, Tiffany (Jones) Nunnery, James Mullins, John David Mullins, Thomas Mullins, Stephen Mullins and Kimberly Mullins.
She is survived by many nephews and nieces: Vicki (Ballard) Woodland, Sylvia (Mabe) Caudill, Kenneth Mabe, Eugene Miller, Jewel Miller, Charles Sanders, Dorothy (Sanders) Tucker, Bobby Sanders, Nathan Sanders, Oleta (Sanders) Spurlock, Betty (Sanders) Green, Carl Sanders, Gladys (Sanders) Ashby, Morris Sanders, Denzil Sanders, Margaret (Sanders) Canter, Danny Ball, Steve Ball, James Ball and Lynda (Ball) Coers.
The Family wishes to thank the care givers at the Putnam Care and Rehabilitation Center and at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.
Visitation was at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on May 30, 2013 at Handley Funeral Home in Danville with Joe Ballard officiating. Interment followed in Danville Memorial Park. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.