Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Inspector James Sherman Mullins

Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, August 8, 1926

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Reflections for Inspector James Sherman Mullins

It is truly a wonderful thing to see so many of your great grandchildren leaving you such beautiful reflections and for them to keep your memory alive. Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your memory, service and sacrifice from your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 8, 2020

James Sherman Mullins was my great-grandfather through his daughter Manila, whom we kids called "Honey." In 1993, I drove my grandmotherHoney to Clintwood and she gave me a tour of where her family had lived. It included retelling the shootout at the Courthouse steps, recounting Pridemore's approach and James Sherman Mullin's attempt to get inside the Courthouse which had just closed and the front door was locked.

We then walked down about 50 yards and up the stairs into to the small rooms that constituted the "hospital" in those days. Honey pointed out where her father was laid and where they laid Pridemore. When the doctor heard what had happened he rather indignantly stated, "I can only work on one man at a time, and Inspector Mullins comes first." (That's why Pridemore only lasted for 30 minutes.)

Trivia: After the wedding of James Sherman Mullins and Cordillia Culbertson in June 1888, they alighted a single horse and a wedding gift of a spinning wheel was handed up to them and they rode off. That spinning wheel, marked the 110th made by a craftsman with the initials K.I., resides in our home in memory of them.

John Elliott

September 26, 2014

Mullins showed what we all should be about .Serve the public and enforce the law.

Chief of Police
Cedar Bluff Police Department

May 14, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

How wonderful that your daughter lived long enough to see you properly memorialized for your profound sense of duty.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 3, 2013

James Sherman Mullins was my great grandfather; my Grandma Belle (Mullins) Henderson's father. I always loved her stories about him and what a good father he was to all of his children. He was indeed a brave man.

Marcia (Henderson) Blaha

Marcia Henderson Blaha
Great Grand Daughter

September 4, 2012

My grandfather died years before I was born so I knew him through the stories my mother told. As a boy, I saw him much like a heroic figure, but as I grew and matured I recognized his legacy of strength, honor, and service.

John G. Adkins

September 4, 2012

My grandmother, Stella Mullins Baker, was one of the daughters of James Sherman Mullins and Cordelia Anne Culbertson Mullins. I grew up hearing about his death, and have recently read more detailed accounts of his work. I admire his dedication to his work. Thank you for honoring him.

Susan FitzPatrick

September 3, 2012

My mother, Stella Mullins Baker, was a daughter of James Sherman Mullins and Cordelia Anne Culbertson Mullins. I was a baby when he died, and was always sorry I did not know him. Thank you for honoring him.

Marie Baker FitzPatrick

September 3, 2012

I am really sorry that I never met my grandfather. Mother is 102 and I've listened to her stories about him all of my life. He had to have been an exceptional man.
Thank you for honoring him.

Frankie Adkins
September 2, 2012

Granddaughter Frankie Adkins

September 2, 2012

Snoda, my mother, the 12th of 13 children of James Sherman Mullins and Cordelia Anne Culbertson is the last of the family living at 102. She remembers the details of 6-8 August 1926 like it was yesterday. She was 16 when her Dad died.
James Sherman Mullins lost his right arm cranking a car in 1925. Snoda served as his "secretary" writing his weekly prohibition reports for the Attorney General. I don't think that a day goes by when she doesn't think about her Dad and Mother. Thank you for paying tribute to her Dad and my grandfather..

Jenny Cooper

August 17, 2012

It will be my great honor and privilege to see Inspector Mullins is properly recognized by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for his service and his ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you to Chris Cosgriff and ODMP for bringing this to my attention.

Philip G. Disharoon, SAC
VA ABC Enforcement Bureau

August 15, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 14, 2012

This is my Great-Grandfather. His 12th child (out of 13) is my Grandmother, age 102. She has waited a long time to see her Father recognized for his diligent service to the Attorney General of Virginia and the people of Dickinson County, Virginia.

Karen M. (Adkins) James
Great Granddaughter

August 14, 2012

Inspector Mullins,
Sir, it has taken 86 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Virginia.


U.S. Border Patrol

August 14, 2012

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