John Henry Bullins, 83, enjoyed local projects, playing Santa with the Lions Club

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John Henry Bullins
John Henry Bullins

John Henry Bullins, of Castle Hayne, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the age of 83.

John was born in Stokes County on Aug. 9, 1931, in the town of Walnut Cove, the oldest son of the late Buck and Phoebe Lawson Bullins. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and wife, Mary and James and wife, Sarah.

In his younger years John lived in Winston Salem and worked 10 years for the home office of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts establishing new stores in southern states/cities. The next 33 years he was employed with Forsyth and the New Hanover County Board of Education.

John was very active for several years with the Lions Club of Wrightsville Beach as well as Hanover Lions Club. He served three combined terms as president for the two clubs. It gave him great pleasure to play Santa for children who came to the park at Wrightsville Beach at Christmas. He enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity of working alongside fellow Lions and being a part of initiating and carrying out projects in the local communities and for the Lions Cottage at the North Carolina Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw. Raising funds for the blind was also very rewarding. John enjoyed NASCAR racing, watching wrestling and gardening. He was a championship bowler and a motorcycle enthusiast in his younger years.

John came to faith in Christ as his savior when he was 57 and was an active member and elder of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church for 12 years, serving with the gifts God had given him. He enjoyed doing projects alongside others to improve the building and grounds and fundraising to make the complete restoration of the building and grounds possible. He then served 12 years in the same capacity at McClure Memorial Presbyterian Church in Castle Hayne.

John suffered a stroke in 2009 and so ended his many years of activity. He did not lose his gift of never meeting a stranger and making people laugh and feel happy and cared about.

To be thanked and recognized for their graciousness and being there for us are our neighbors, friends, and family. We would like to especially thank our niece Jennifer Wilkes who untiringly was there for us and Lower Cape Fear Hospice which provided wonderful care.

John is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Nancy Gore Bullins; one daughter, Linda Alexander and husband, Bob, of Winston-Salem; one son, Gary Bullins, of Winston-Salem; grandson, Cameron Alexander; great-granddaughter, Riley, of Winston-Salem; grandson, Scott Alexander and wife, Jill, of Winston-Salem; special cousin, Mary Meijboom and husband, Bert, of Pilot Mountain; stepson and friend, Jeff Clemmons and wife, Jan; granddaughter, Lacey Clemmons; grandson, Linden Clemmons; and our pet, Sophie, his protector and friend.

The family will see friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday, April 17, 2015, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physician Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 or Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, 400 Flemington Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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