More than 1,000 people filled the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel to remember a man who dedicated his life to education in Knott County.
63-year-old Mike Mullins died Sunday of an apparent heart attack which no one expected.
Many people in Knott County say Mullins is irreplaceable with such big shoes to fill in education in Hindman.
Today, people celebrated his life which was easy considering the positive impact he had on so many lives.
Mike Mullins is a man many people in Eastern Kentucky cannot imagine life without whether he was your educator, friend, or hero.
"I talked to my dad every day. And I miss his voice. And I miss his wisdom, but most of all, I just miss his love," said Cassie Moses, Mullins' 35-year-old daughter.
His work as the director at the Hindman Settlement School for 34 years will continue to impact lives in the mountains even now that he is gone.
"It's one thing to know about education and to understand it. But to put legs on it and to put it into motion takes a special kind of person," said Martha Layne Collins, former Kentucky governor and friend of Mullins.
Irreplaceable, visionary, creative, driven, and compassionate are just a few of the words that were used to describe Mullins at the packed, yet simple service.
"Mike Mullins was special, and you can't ever think that you're going to find another Mike Mullins," said Collins.
Needless to say, he will greatly be missed, especially for his dedication to education in this area.
"He could have left these hills years ago, but he never wanted to. And I'm so glad to know that his legacy will live on," said Moses.
Although many people will miss Mike Mullins, his funeral focused on celebrating his life with stories that filled people's eyes with tears of both joy and sadness.