Fred Mitchell

Published 6:49 am Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Graveside services for Fred Mitchell, 97, of Donalsonville, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at Lakeland Memorial Gardens in Lakeland, Fla., with Dr. Harold Mitchell officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Ivey Funeral Home.

Mr. Mitchell was born Feb. 8, 1913, in Athens, Ga., the son of William Thomas Mitchell and Anna Dover Mitchell, and died Oct. 25, 2010, at Seminole Manor Nursing Home.

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He served in the U.S. Army from 1934 to 1956, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Mitchell was a management engineer in the Office of the Comptroller General before being transferred to the Army Hospital, followed by the Civilian Personnel Office, where he was promoted to personnel officer.

After retiring and moving to Lakeland, he was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church, a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and the Mystic Shrine.

Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his wife, Celista Runnels Mitchell; his brothers, Ted Mitchell, Jim Mitchell and Hershell Mitchell; and his sister, Mamie Lomineck.

Survivors include his sister, Ida Peterson of Atlanta; and locally by his nephews, James P. Mitchell Jr. and his wife, Nell, of Brinson, Ed Mitchell and his wife, Anne, of Brinson, and Richard Squires and his wife, Debbie, of Donalsonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to the Wiregrass Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA 39819.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.