Thomas Robert Mullinax, Jr. , Age :63

Dec 22,1954---Apr 21,2018

Thomas Robert Mullinax, Jr. passed away April 21, 2018 from cancer, at Kansas City Hospice House. Tom was born December 22, 1954, in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Rachel Smith Mullinax  and Thomas Robert Mullinax, Sr. He was married to Elizabeth Wenske-Mullinax and they were both employed in the Boston area Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical industry for over twenty years. Tom was employed at Quintiles after moving to Overland Park in 2006.


Tom received his BS from Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC , and his PhD in Biochemstry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is named on three patents in the area of protein chemistry. Tom was a meticulous trumpet player. He played in community bands and the American Legion Band while living in Massachusetts. After moving to Overland Park he joined the Overland Park Community Band, the American Legion Band and the Church of the Resurrection Orchestra participating in these organizations for over ten years. He was honored to play taps at the WWI memorial. During the summers, Tom played with his daughters in the pit orchestra for the Leawood Stage Company.


His mastery of the English language, although described as quiet, was exhibited in his genius to play Scrabble and Words with Friends. He won far more games than he lost, often playing more than ten games at a time. His love of reading was passed on to his daughters. Books were on every Christmas and birthday wish list. Tom's ability to host friendly poker nights with friends from a wide variance of political views was noteworthy.


Tom publically proposed to his wife during community theater where his character proposed to his wife's character. Tom and his wife shared a love of music, books, checking out local B&B's and baking brownies. Prior to moving to Overland Park, the family was active in the United Parish, Brookline, MA where Tom regularly climbed the church tower to ring the carillons.


Tom is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wenske-Mullinax, their two daughters, Gretchen Mullinax (Jeronimo Bazan spouse) and Sarah Mullinax, grandson Sebastian Bazan, his mother, Rachel Smith Mullinax of Greenville, SC, two brothers, Marc Mullinax of Ashville, NC and John Bennet Mullinax of Greenville, SC. Special extended family include Debra and John Burgess and their children, Olivia and Owen as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Robert Mullinax.


Tom has been an active member of the Church of the Resurrection for the last 11 years. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm. Friday, May. 4, at Church of the Resurrection United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66224. Special music and remembrance slide show will begin at 12:45 pm. A light lunch will follow the service. Tom believed music was important for all especially the young, thus in lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Band of Angels11890 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66221. Band of Angels is a 501c3 Charity that collects music instruments and provides them to children in need for free so they can join band and orchestra programs. It also provides scholarships for area children to attend summer music camp.


The family would like to thank the staff of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care for their kind attention to Tom in his final days.

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Church of the Resurrection United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel
13720 Roe Avenue
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May 04 ,2018
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1:00 PM
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Steve Ashie Apr 28 ,2018

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Liz and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I know I will dearly miss him. I've only known Tom for the past 2-3 years but he had a knack for making you feel like you were a lifelong friend. Of course, I met Tom at Starbuck's and immediately started playing Words With Friends with him. And he did win much more than he lost to me and got great joy letting me know whenever we met up. Please know I am thinking of you and your family and you are in my prayers. Steve