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William L. Mullikin III

August 25, 1935 ~ November 30, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

William Mullikin III Obituary

William L. Mullikin lll (Sonny), 88, of Woodstock VA, passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2023.

He was born August 25, 1935, in Washington D.C. Sonny is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Gail, and their five children, Karen Ward (Jim), Bill (Madeline), Michael, Robert (Karen), and Thomas (Michelle). Beloved grandfather to 13 grandchildren and great grandfather to 9, affectionately known to them as “Paw”. Also survived by his sister, Eileen Gatti, and many nieces and nephews.

Sonny was a 1953 graduate of St. John’s College High School, volunteered for Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department and served in the U.S. Navy before being appointed to the District of Columbia Fire Department in 1958. He served in the DCFD for 32 years, rising in the ranks to Deputy Chief before retiring.

Sonny and Gail moved to Woodstock VA in 1989 to enjoy the cabin they built and their home in town. There he was a volunteer firefighter and treasurer for the Woodstock Fire Department and also worked for the Virginia Forestry Service.

Sonny was well respected, greatly admired, and loved by his family and many friends. He will forever remain in our hearts.

There will be a Funeral Mass at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock VA on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 12:45pm.

Donations in Sonny’s memory may be given to Heroes, Inc. at or Blue Ridge Hospice at

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Funeral Mass
December 15, 2023

12:45 PM
St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church
315 N Main St.
Woodstock, VA 22664


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