Funeral service for Reverend Shannon (Shawn) D. McMullen will be Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church in Copperas Cove, Texas. Burial with military honors will follow the service at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church in Copperas Cove.
A native Mississippian, born to the parentage of the late Pastor/ Moderator W. L. and Mary Potts McMullen, on February 26, 1944. He became an Ordained Deacon while serving in the United States Military in Erlanger, Germany under the leadership of the late Pastor Marvin Hurst of the Gospel Hour Service. He accepted his call to preach the Gospel while living in Copperas Cove, Texas. He preached his first sermon on September 3, 1978 at Unity Missionary Baptist Church of Copperas Cove under the pastoral tutelage and leadership of the late Pastor C. R. Jackson. He was ordained at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Ackerman, Mississippi on January 13, 1980 under pastoral leadership of Pastor/Moderator George Daniel.
He was married to his college sweetheart and best friend – Anne L. Polk McMullen, and they are the very proud parents of a son Shawn DeMeras McMullen: affectionately known as DeMeras. He was a loving and caring family man.
He was the esteemed Pastor and founder of the Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church, Copperas Cove since January 21, 1980. He served as the president of the Bell County Ministerial Alliance of Killeen/Copperas Cove; a board member of the Evangelical, Home Mission and the Foreign Mission Boards of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas; past Dean/Bible Teacher, and past chairman of the Evangelical Board of the Good Hope Western District Association of Waco, Texas. He was a Negotiation/Social Worker for the Texas Department of Corrections; a teacher at Ellison High School in Killeen, and at American Preparatory Institute and the Seminary Extension Department – Seminary External Education Division – Fort Worth Theological Seminary – Fort Worth, Texas. The Lord has allowed him to preach and minister around the world traveling throughout the United States and Europe.
He is the founder/organizer of the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial March and Worship Services of Copperas Cove Community. The first commemoration service was held on January 19, 1999. He completed, published and authored the Church Administration Handbook and Church Guide in 1982.
He was a graduate of the Eupora High School; Eupora, Mississippi. He earned an Associate Degree from Ministerial Institute and College; West Point, MS; Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science/History from Mississippi Industrial College; Holysprings, MS.; Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Services from American Technological College in Killeen, Texas; Master of Divinity from the Fort Worth Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and was a candidate for a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Theology/Divinity from the Fort Worth Theological Seminary.
He had received numerous citations and awards from a multiplicity of groups/organizations and churches throughout the United States and abroad.
He is survived by his faithful wife Anne, his son DeMeras, three grandchildren, three sisters Emma Louise Shelton, Virginia McMullen, and Betty Smith, God-daughter Shanna Roberts, God-sister Doris Wilkerson Ellis, special care giver (Sister-in-law) Kathy Williams, and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and church community.
Chisolm’s Family Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.chisolmsfuneral.com.