OBITUARY: Norman P. Mullen

February 27, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

Norman P. Mullen of Boca Grande, formerly of Foley, Alabama, passed away on February 22, 2021. 

Everyone who knew Norman knew what a strong man he was, both physically and mentally. He was also a very strong and faithful family man, as well as a strong patriot who loved his country.

He was born September 21, 1922 to William S. and Nettie Mullen in Trenton, New Jersey. Norman was one of six children. He outlived all but one of them, his younger brother Jerry, of New Egypt, New Jersey.

Norman volunteered in the army during World War II. His three brothers also served in the war. Because of his patriotism, Norman was part of the Honor Flight from Mobile, Alabama to Washington, DC. He was accompanied by his very best friend, Cari Le’ Maitre, of Spanish Fort, Alabama. It was one of the highlights of his life.

After leaving the army, Norman returned to New Jersey to marry his “blonde bombshell,” the late Jane Lippincott. They had two children – the late Norman “Paul” Mullen Jr. and daughter Linda (Palmer) Long of Boca Grande. Norman is also survived by a granddaughter, Laura Hawks; a great-granddaughter, Bela Browning; great-grandson Jack Hawks; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

After retiring from Agway, Norman and Jane moved to Foley, Alabama. Norman liked Alabama so much that he got his two sisters – Kate and Leona – and a brother – Lloyd – to move there, too.

There in south Alabama Norman and his family played many spirited games of dominoes and “Hand and Foot.” Norman also became a big fan of Crimson Tide football. Watch out when they played Palmer’s LSU team! In fact, when Norman left Alabama to move to Boca Grande he bought a Crimson Tide golf cart! He lived with Linda and Palmer in Boca Grande for six years.

Normie will be remembered with a smile. He could be feisty, he could be stubborn; but he had a big and kind heart. And even though he was born a Yankee, Normie insisted he would die a redneck! And he did! 

Rest easy, Normie, you’ve earned your wings. 

He will be buried in Foley Alabama next to his wife, Jane, and son, Paul.