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Mitchell, former Belmont publisher, dies

Tuesday, July 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
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BELMONT – Mariel Wayne Mitchell, 77, died Monday, June 23, 2014, in Tupelo, after a long illness. He was born September 18, 1936, in Itawamba County to the late Oliver Russell Mitchell and Bertha Tucker Mitchell .

He graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School and Itawamba Community College, attended Freed-Hardeman University, the University of South Alabama and the University of South Mississippi.

He served as a minister in Florida, Alabama and several locations throughout Mississippi.

He began his preaching career in 1957 at the Kosciusko Church of Christ.

He purchased The Belmont and Tishomingo Journal from Mr. Delmus Hardin in August of 1976 and later The County Shopper. Also he owned KeMa Publishing.

He was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour in January 2011 to serve on the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service as an at-large member, and was honored by being selected as the Secretary/Treasurer for this group. He spent the last 17 years as the minister of the Mt. Gilead Church of Christ in Itawamba County, the place where he preached his first sermon in 1952.

A service celebrating his life was Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Liberty Church of Christ in Dennis. Burial was in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Fulton. Senter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

His survivors include his wife of 56 years, Catherine Massey Mitchell of Belmont; son, Billy (Barbara) Mitchell of Vina, Ala.; son, Roy (Linda) Mitchell of Hodges, Ala.; daughter, Kathy (Michael) Bates of Batesville; grandsons, Eddie (Missy) Mitchell of Tuscumbia, Ala., Dustin (Aronia) Mitchell of Hodges, Ala., Kasen Bates of Batesville; granddaughters, Kellee and Kadyn Bates of Batesville; great-granddaughters, Abbie and Mikala Mitchell; great-grandson, Slate Mitchell; brothers, Ralph (Judy) Mitchell of Fulton, Don (Mitzie) Mitchell of Belmont.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Russell Mitchell, and his mother, Bertha Tucker Mitchell.

Pallbearers were Roger Crane, Phillip Crane, Olen Lovette, Johnny Jamerson, Jonathan George and Cody Crane.

Honorary pallbearers were Eddie and Dustin Mitchell, Kasen Bates, Tyler Benson and the Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service Members.

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