Robert J. “Bob” Mulkey, 85, died at his home in Panhandle, on February 5, 2020, after 10 weeks in hospice.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 in First United Methodist Church of Panhandle Texas with the Rev. LaQuita Jones, pastor, and the Rev. John Wagoner officiating. Private burial will be in the Panhandle cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo.
Bob was born January 20, 1935 in Orlando, Florida to William Alvie and Mittie Lampp Mulkey. He spent his elementary school years in Lyons, Georgia and his high school years in Greenwood, South Carolina. He played varsity basketball for Greenwood High School, and graduated with the class of 1953. He attended Clemson A&M College (now University) for two years before moving to Austin Texas. He and Louise Harrell were married on October 24, 1962 in Groom, Texas. They moved to Lubbock, where he worked for the City of Lubbock and attended Texas Tech University. Bob graduated with a BBA in Industrial Management in 1965. After he graduated, they lived in Amarillo for a few years and moved to Panhandle in 1969. He worked for Pantex for 31 years, retiring in 1997.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Panhandle. Bob was a loyal fan of the Panhandle Panthers and Pantherettes, following the team through the playing years of his sons, and grandchildren. Bob’s favorite activity was spending time with his children and nephews and nieces, then later with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Babies could always make him smile.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters and their spouses, Annie Ruth and Gary Jordan of Daytona Beach, Florida, Helen and P.H. Toole, and Lola and Henry Griner, all of Lyons, Georgia; a brother, Clyde Wayne “Buster” Mulkey; and his in-laws, Glynn D and Sybil York Harrell.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Louise; his children and their spouses, Sara-Allyson and Steven Hightower and Jeremy and Mande Mulkey, all of Panhandle, and Matthew Mulkey of Denton; grandchildren, Robert Hightower of Amarillo, Whitney Ball of Bushland, Caitlin Mulkey of Canyon, Harper and Sawyer Mulkey of Ponder; 5 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Sue Mulkey of Greenwood, South Carolina, Glynda Eschle of Austin, and Beverly and Jim Ingram of Amarillo.
The family suggests memorials be sent either to First United Methodist Church, POB 549, Panhandle TX 79068 or Carson County Square House Museum, POB 276, Panhandle TX 79068
We honor and celebrate the life of Bob and invite all family and friends to join us.