Billy Joe Mitchell, age 91, of Clarksville, passed away Monday, April 02, 2018, at his residence. Mr. Mitchell was born, October 20, 1926, in Red River County to Ross George and Ruby Bauske Mitchell. Billy Joe was a hardworking man. He was the owner of Mitchell’s Mill north of Clarksville. He was truly a man of godly principles who considered the word of God to be the complete, the final and absolute truth. The bar he set for those of us who knew him is extremely high and one that he tirelessly strived to meet as he considered himself to be no more than a mere servant and slave of his God, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was the oldest member of the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church where he attended all of his life. He taught the Adult Sunday School Class for numerous years and was known as the “man that could fix anything”. Mr. Mitchell served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and was discharged on December 11, 1946. He received several honors while serving in the war; Asiatic Pacific Compain Ribbon, Philippine Independence Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and 2 overseas bars.
Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. John Ross Mitchell, Bro. James Hinkle and Bro. Dennis McClintic officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends and hour before service time at the church.
Pallbearers are Richard Fryar, Steve Raulston, Freddy Rodriquez, Jay Smith, Jerry Steed, Joel Steed, Raymond Long and Jason Steed.
Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucy Hamilton Mitchell; and 2 sisters, Ruth Davis and Martha Mitchell.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Sutton Mitchell of the home; 1 son, John Ross Mitchell and wife, Barbara of Clarksville; 1 step-son, Jay Smith and wife, Lori of Annona; 1 daughter, Jane Faulkner of Clarksville; 2 sisters, Sue Steed and husband, Ray of Clarksville and Bobbie Miller of Picayune, Mississippi; grandchildren, Tammy Fields, Terri Cannedy and husband, David, Travis Faulkner and wife, Wendy and Niki King and husband, Scott; great grandchildren, Collin Lafferty, Madison Cannedy, Zach Guthrie, Brady Faulkner, Brooke Faulkner, Layne King and Karlie King; great-great grandchildren, Enzleigh Guthrie, Wiley King and Copelynn Jo King; 2 step grandchildren, Luke Smith and wife, Sydnie and Allison Antonacci and husband, D.J.; and 2 step great grandchildren, Emerson and Meredith Antonacci.
Memorials may be made to the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church; 1445 FM 2120, Clarksville, Texas 75426.
Memories and condolences may be added at www.clarksvillefuneralhome.com .