Virgil V. Bullis Sr., 65, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 2, 2017. He was born in Salisbury, Md., on Dec. 20, 1951, son of the late Clincle Bullis and Juanita (Beauchamp) Bullis.
Bullis graduated from James M. Bennett High School in 1970. In 1977, he started his career in real estate with John F. Kleinstuber & Associates in Fenwick Island, Del. He eventually opened Bullis Realty in 1980, became a broker in 1982 and at the time of his death was employed by Seashore Realty Inc. in Fenwick Island.
Bullis had more than 40 years of experience in the real estate business and also had several accomplishments in his field. He was the Sussex County Realtor of the Year and also served as the president of the Sussex County Board of Realtors in 1990. He was the state Realtor of the Year in 1994, served as the president of the Delaware Association of Realtors in 1996 and won the Omega Award from the National Association of Realtors in 1998.
Bullis was proud to be a Delaware Certified Real Estate Instructor and taught continuing education credits at Delaware Technical Community College until his health started to decline. The enthusiasm and passion he had for his industry was infectious.
As his boys were growing up, he served as a Little League umpire, a Cubmaster with the Boy Scouts and volunteer for the youth at Bethel Tabernacle Church in Clarksville, Del., in the late 1980s. Bullis also enjoyed dining out at various restaurants in the community and playing Santa Claus during the Christmas season.
In addition to his parents, Bullis was preceded in death by three siblings, Lanice Bullis, Charles Lee Bullis and Sherry Bradley. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Pamela (Barnes) Bullis; three sons, Virgil V. Bullis Jr. and his wife, Tammy, of Frankford, Del., Michael Bullis and his wife, Traci, of Millsboro, Del. and Dean Peoples and his wife, Tracy, of Roxana, Del.; a brother, Richard Bullis of Dagsboro, Del.; a sister, Mary Ellen Hill of Salisbury, Md.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Bullis’s life was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del., where friends and family may visit after 11 a.m. and interment to follow at Mariner’s Bethel U.M. Church cemetery in Ocean View. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.