July 09, 2024

Judge Cedan Mullins (91) passed away Saturday July 5, 2024 in Kingsport, Tn. Born March 7, 1933, to Judge W. Mullins and Hattie L. Shortridge, delivered at home by midwife, Matilda (Colley) Edwards. He left us, also at home, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, they held his hands and told him they loved him hoping to get one last response.

Cedan was a son of Judge W. Mullins of the Breaks, and Hattie L. Shortridge, born in Mouthcard, Ky. Cedan loved the Breaks Mountains and at 5 years old, would take off exploring by himself. Even before it was an Interstate Park, he loved the caves, the mountains and climbing them!

Cedan grew up to join the military at the age of 16. He and his cousins Alson Lockhart, and Gray Raines, decided to join the army at the same time, hoping to be kept together but were separated. They all saw action but Cedan’s unit with the 8th Army in Korea, under the command of General McArthur (Infamous for WWII) who made history by sending the 8th Army to the far north, near the border with China, fought in the area known as the “Chosin Reservoir”.

Cedan came home from service in 1952 after 3 years of service. (He received 5 bronze medals) and married 18-year-old Anne Newsom in Elkhorn City, Ky. Together they had 7 children. One daughter, Susan, preceded Cedan in death in 2021. They had 23 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Cedan worked for 30 years for the Scott Paper Company in Detroit, Mi. and with his brother Blake as an electrician helper, and with his brother Channing.

Cedan was preceded in death by siblings Lula Mullins and Tony Mullins. He is survived by siblings Dema Jane McPeek, Blake (Janet) Mullins, Cathy Mullins, Tim Mullins, Patrick Mullins, Ella Mullins, Marsha Mullins, and many nephews and nieces.

Cedan’s services will be at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Elkhorn City Ky., on Wednesday July 10 from 6-10 p.m. for viewing and Thursday July 11 at 11 a.m. for the burial in the Enoch Mullins Cemetery, Breaks, Va., with military rites.

Bailey Funeral Home in Elkhorn City, Ky. is in charge of the arrangements.