Ralph "Bud" Buddy Mulkey, 85, of Gastonia died Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at his residence.
He was a native of Gastonia, N.C. and the son of the late Fred and Fannie Hampton Mulkey.
The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 8 PM Friday, August 10, 2012 at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.
Funeral service will be 2 PM Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Loray Baptist Church with Reverend Kent Cranford, Reverend Randall E. Phillips and Pastor John H. Stanley officiating. The WWII Last Man Club will be serving as honorary pallbearers.
Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park with full Military Rites provided by The Gaston County Honor Guard followed by full Masonic Rites.
Ralph was a former truck driver with Akers Motor Line and Roadway Express with over 40 years of combined service. He was a steward and recording secretary of Teamsters Local Union # 71 of Charlotte, member of Loray Baptist Church, WWII U S Army veteran, life member and past master of Holland Memorial Masonic Lodge # 668 in Gastonia, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Charlotte Scottish Rite Bodies, member of the Oasis Shrine Temple in Charlotte, serving as Ambassador, member of the Gaston County Shrine Club, member of Gastonia York Rite Bodies where he was a KYCH and Past High Priest of Gastonia Chapter # 66, R.A.M., Past Illustrious Master of Gastonia Council # 15 R.&S.M., Past Commander of Gastonia Commandery # 28, K.T., a Knight of the York Cross of Honor, member of the Loraine Chapter # 169 Order of the Eastern Star of Gastonia, member of the WWII Last Man Club.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Jean Ogle Mulkey, daughters, Vicki Mulkey Queen and husband Rick of Gastonia, Annetta Mulkey Henderson and husband Al of Waxhaw, grandchildren, Stephanie Q. Denton, Brooke Queen, Brad Mulkey, Heith Jenkins, eight great grandchildren and sister, Edith Byrd of Gastonia .
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sons, Ralph Buddy Mulkey, Jr. and Jerry Wayne Mulkey, one brother and three sisters.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, N.C. 27565 or Shriners Hospital c/o Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, N.C. 28262.
Condolences may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Mulkey Family