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Dr. George Pierce Mullendore, 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in Starkville.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Giles Linley and Prentiss Gordon officiating.
Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Welch Funeral Home.
Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of arrangements.
George was born in Noxapater on June 16, 1934 to the late George A. and Ruth Young Mullendore, and spent his early years in Noxapater, Meadville and Magnolia. In June 1955, he married Marilyn McGehee of Magnolia, and in August 1955 he graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.
George and Marilyn lived in Germany from 1956-1957 where George served in the United States Army as a medical assistant.
He began his 32 year career with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service in 1957 as an Assistant County Agent in Holmes County. He was promoted to Associate County Agent in 1959 and served as an Extension Agronomist for Mississippi State from 1962 to 1986.
During this time, George earned his Masterâ€™s Degree and completed his Doctorate in Weed Science in 1975. His contributions to the world-wide cotton industry are widely known, and his career as an internationally recognized cotton expert took him to countries across the globe. In 1986, he began serving as Associate Coordinator of the Cotton Modeling Center until his retirement from the Extension Service in 1989.
Upon his retirement he began Mullendore Cotton Consulting. In 1992, he was named Project Coordinator for the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation where he served untilÂ 2000.
Upon his second retirement he enjoyed reading, traveling, golf, hunting and fishing, but most of all he treasured the time spent with his bride, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
George was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Starkville where he served as President of the Savage Bible Sunday School Class, and he served on the Board of Directors of Odd Fellows Cemetery.
His leadership, honors and awards include the Mississippi Weed Science Committee Secretary from 1966-1971; Vice Chairman, 1972; and Chairman in 1973; MSUâ€™s 1970 Gamma Sigma Delta Honors Society of Agriculture Award;Â the 1979 MSU Faculty Achievement Award; Past President, CountyÂ Agents Association;Â co-founder of the Delta Expo, 1974-1989; Certificate of Distinguished Service by National Association of County Agriculture Agents, 1984; 1986 Cotton Extension Education Award; MSUâ€™s 1987 Agriculture & Home Economics Alumni Award;Â and the Beltwide Extension Cotton Specialist Award of Merit.
In 2005, he received his 50 year Masonic Lodge pin.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn; daughters, Debbie (Tommy) Overcash of Madison, Ala. and Karen (Adrian) Blocker of Memphis, Tenn.; son, Mike (Ginny) Mullendore of Madison; grandchildren, Cameron (Destanie), Chandler (Sarah) and Mason (Ashley) Overcash, Cole and Clarke Blocker, and Will and Katie Mullendore; great-grandchildren, Noah Catherine and Weston Pierce Overcash; sister, Mary Ann (Hurston) Nicholas; sister-in-law, Kay (Riley) Nelson; brothers-in-law, Clyde(Janice, deceased) Stanfield and Cecil Gilmore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Gilmore; and an infant brother, Joe Wilson.
The family requests that memorial be made to Wounded Warriors and Palmer Home for Children.
You can go online and sign the guest register at http://www.welchfuneralhomes.com.