McMullen, Blanche Elizabeth

Blanche Elizabeth McMullen, MPCI yearbook, 1928.

Blanche Elizabeth McMullen, MPCI yearbook, 1928.

Blanche McMullen, 1933.












Class of 1928

Birth: September 7, 1908, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida
Death: May 29, 1965, Pinellas County, Florida

Burton Lee McMullen (1866-1950)
Virginia May Mitchell McMullen (1869-1940)

George Aubrey McMullen (1888-1931)
Birten Perry McMullen (1890-1918)
Virginia “Virgie” May McMullen (1892-1914)
Henry Laurence McMullen Sr. (1894-1963)
Bethel Lee McMullen Sr. (1898-1948)
Hugh Stanford McMullen (1900-1967)

William Henry Orrison Jr. (1909-1989), married 11 Jun 1933, divorced 1943
James William Rednour (1897-1948), divorced 1946
Richard Ely Bird Jr. (1909-1990), divorced 1955

Perry McMullen Orrison (1936-2007)

Burial: McMullen Cemetery, Pinellas County, Florida

Source:, #12673626,


The Anniston Star (Anniston, AL), April 27, 1933, p. 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Burton Lee McMullen have announced the engagement of their daughter, Blanche Elizabeth, to William Henry Orrison. The marriage will take place early in June.

Much interest centers in the engagement of the young couple, both of whom are well known in social circles in Clearwater and its vicinity. Miss McMullen was born at Bayview, where her ancestors are pioneer settlers. her grandfather was Captain James P. McMullen, commissioner of Hillsborough County, which then included what is now Pinellas County. Her mother was Miss Virginia Mae Mitchell, a niece of former Governor Mitchell of Florida.

Miss McMullen received her education at the Mont Amoena Seminary at Mt. Pleasant, N. C. She has a soprano voice and is well known in musical circles. She was a charter member of the Skipperette Club, social organization of Clearwater girls.

Mr. Orrison formerly lived at Anniston, Ala., and is a son of Mrs. J. W. Perry, Jr., of that city. He attended the Alabama Military Institute at Anniston, the University of North Carolina and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and of the Lions Club of Clearwater. He is descended from the well known Mason family of Virginia.

Mr. Orrison has lived in Clearwater since 1931 – Clearwater (Fla) Sun.

Miss McMullen will be pleasantly remembered in Aniston as she visited in the home of Mrs. Perry. This marriage will be of widespread interest in Anniston, where Mr. Orrison is popular among a large circle of friends.


Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, FL), 4 Oct, 1960, p. 10

Short Squints

…Mrs. Blanche McMullen Bird has mover her five and a half year old House of Flowers from 1729 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. to nearly 511 Florida Ave., Clearwater…


Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, FL), 5 Jul, 1964

House of Flowers Closes

Blanche McMullen Bird, who was owner of the House of Flowers at 511 Florida Ave., Clearwater, has closed her business and joined the staff at Reed’s Florists, 305 N. Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater…Reed’s was established in 1933.


Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, FL), 31 May, 1965

BIRD, MRS. BLANCHE MCMULLEN, 56. 511 Florida Ave., Clearwater, Saturday (May 29, 1965) at her residence. Born in Clearwater. Former owner of the House of Flowers. Member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan. Survived by a son, Perry Orrison, in California; a brother, Hugh S. McMullen, Clearwater. Moss Lakeside Chapel, Clearwater.