Shirley Marie Stine McMullen


Shirley Marie Stine McMullen, 87, was at home surrounded by family when she went peacefully to her Heavenly Home on June 24, 2020. Grace, beauty, kindness and Godliness were the hallmarks of her life and she will be greatly missed.

Shirley was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, October 8, 1932, to Clyde and Estella Stine. They moved to Des Arc, Arkansas, in 1940 where she graduated high school. She married the love of her life, William Edward (Bill) McMullen in 1950 and they had five beautiful, dearly-loved (Shirley’s words) children: Eddie (Sarah) McMullen, Stina Brown, Denise (Terry) Langston, Shawn (Paul) Holland and Mark (Robin) McMullen. Survivors also include 18 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. In addition, there were many precious nephews and nieces who loved their Aunt Shirley, including her newest, dear nephew, Jim Pfeifer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings Ralph DuBois, Lawrence Stine and Florence Mitchell and her great-granddaughter, Waylin Harris.

A very special thank you goes to our new sisters, Gran’s unselfish, loving caregivers: Sharon Watson, Brenda Jones and Felicia Minor.

For her more than 80 descendants, the highlight of every year was McMullen Thanksgiving with Gran. The traditions she started were followed religiously including making homemade noodles, taking generational pictures in front of her house, hayrides and all the cousins sleeping on the floor together in the den.

Growing up she participated in numerous beauty contests, played basketball and played the piano. For more than 40 years, beginning at the age of 16, Shirley served her church families and other local churches by playing the piano and organ.

Like all farmers’ wives, her life revolved around planting and watering and harvesting. For many years, she took meals to all of the farm workers and served them from the back of her blue Chevrolet station wagon. She also worked on the farm driving tractor trailer trucks. In the 1970’s, her love of children and fashion combined when she opened Little Things from Shirley’s, a children’s store in Hazen.

She always called herself a “Has Been” because she was past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, past president of Hazen Band Booster Club and past president of the Twentieth Century Club of Federated Women.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at Calvary Baptist Church, 200 W. South Front, Hazen, AR. The family asks that everyone over age 10 wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

9 thoughts on “Shirley Marie Stine McMullen”

  1. I can not express how much I dearly loved this beautiful lady. So many wonderful memories growing up with her children. We always had the best times. I loved her German Chocolate Pie. I know she is in heaven playing a beautiful song on the organ for her LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Many prayers and much love for this beautiful family.

  2. Lisa Screeton

    She was such a beautiful, talented and kind person. I enjoyed our conversations on Facebook. I am so very very sorry for your loss.

  3. That sweet lady was always gracious and kind. Her whole family has always been a true representation of a southern family with deep rooted kindness. She played that organ each Sunday when I was growing up with love for the lord. May God Bless all the family.

  4. Susan and Larry Anthony

    We loved Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bill. We have many fond memories hanging out at their house wit everyone! She was a special lady and will really be missed.

  5. Dean and Laura Tarry

    My sincere condolences to the family. Ms.Shirley was a truly beautiful and wonderful Lady. She and Mr.Bill were highly thought of by my Parents. Bless your family in this sad time.

  6. Linda Martindale Tyler

    Much love to my college friend Stina. Your family always made me feel welcome. Your mother was precious.

  7. These folks (Bill and Shirley) were the finest folks God ever put on this Earth. And their kids next. What a wonderful family. God bless all 80 (!) of you.

  8. Tanya Johnson

    Condolences and prayers for this wonderful family. Miss Shirley was a wonderful lady!

  9. Billy and Gail Booth

    Mrs. Shirley McMullen was a remarkable lady whose legacy will be cherished by all those who knew her. Our prayers continue for her family. May God’s Word and His Holy Spirit (the “Comforter”) provide strength, comfort, peace, and assurance.

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