Billy R. Mitchell

September 30, 1934February 22, 2018

Billy R. Mitchell, of Clinton, passed away on February 22, 2018.

He was born on September 30, 1934, in Arkansas.

Billy served in the United States Navy for 22 years.

Billy was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 13, 1997. He served faithfully in the Church for many years as a home teacher and served in positions of responsibility including High Priests Group Leader. Billy was a deeply religious man and a friend to all. He performed many acts of charity quietly, out of sight, and without fanfare. His favorite scripture was from the Book of Mormon.

"And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive" (Alma 7:23).

This was the kind of man Billy Mitchell was.

Billy is survived by his children Vernon L. Mitchell of Hampton, VA, Jackie Brown of NC, Kerry Mitchell of New London, Clarence Mitchell of Bristol, CT, Kenneth Mitchell of East Haddam, Thomas Mitchell of Clinton, and Sharon Coyne of TN; 17 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 11am at the State Veteran's Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 10, 2018

Billy R. Mitchell

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Albany Bailey

March 11, 2018

There were only two occasions where I talked on a deep personal yet professional level with my Uncle. The first he explained why he left Malvern and became somewhat legendary in the absence of my young years...No one was happy about his decision at that time in his life, but I understood. The second was the mentoring from a Legendary Uncle who briefly stopped by to check in on his sister's, nieces, and nephews sharing the trouble he had experienced and the prayers for the future. It doesn't matter how long the duration is between meeting loved ones, as long as there is love there when they finally meet. May God guide and bless the children of Our precious Uncle to love filling the gaps of time with bridges of joy and kindness.

Alice James

March 10, 2018

As of this moment, I have no words. My heart aches. So here’s a picture of my brother Jack. Me, him, and Doris (his youngest sister) when he came to the A.A. Wilson Colored High School Reunion here in Malvern, Ar. 😓

Willetta Anderson

March 10, 2018

All the way from CT to share this special day with me.

Willetta Anderson

March 10, 2018

As a kid, I loved Popeye the sailor man; and to me, he was our Popeye. He was a gentle, kindhearted man, that made me laugh. The news of his passing brought back many memories of him, grandma, poppa, and Uncle Tutti; wonderful, funny memories to be cherished forever. To ALL of my family, our tears are just a release of the pain, sorrow and grief. God is going to wipe all of our tears away. With love, Neicy

Wanda Ravesloot

March 10, 2018

My deepest sympathy and prayers go to my family. Although we never met my mother was Billy's mom's twin sister that lived in Chicago her name was Aunt Mag. I met him when I was a little girl and he was in the Navy. I am truly happy to hear he was saved and a servant of the Lord! Stay encouraged. From your Family in Chicago.

Geraldine Sullivan (Chicago, Illinois)

March 10, 2018

My heart is so heavy . I’m 89yrs old and grew up with Bill many many years ago on those red dirt hills of Malvern Arkansas. So many memories of our family get together. My older sister Corinne (his mom)and a twin(mag)were the greatest people I know and I’m sure bill’s personality came from her. To his sisters Alice, and Judy(Arkansas) and baby sis Doris (Oregon).i know this is hard cause time has run out but God has a way of communicating to family. Praying for all of our family in the times!

Geraldine Sullivan

March 10, 2018

This news has brought much sadness to my heart and soul. Bill and I grew up on those dirt hill in Malvern AR a long time ago. We kept in touch as much as possible for two elderly people. I’m 89yrs old (Chicago Illinois)and Bill my older sisters child was like a brother to me. Blessings to your children that I met when they were small. My prayers to all our family.

Kathleen Hill Jones

March 9, 2018

My deepest and sincerest sympathies to all of Billy's family. I so enjoyed knowing and working with Billy in the Family History program of the Church. He and I enjoyed many hours of teaching, learning and laughing together. I have since moved to Utah and am so sorry to hear of his passing. But I know, as did Billy, we will meet again. Prayers, love and hugs

Tori Bailey

March 9, 2018

It breaks my heart to hear of this unfortunate news. His mother gave him the nickname "Jack" which is why his brother/sisters and their children (me) called him Jack. Uncle Jack was always so very kind and loving on his varied visits here to Arkansas. The shock of this news is disheartening yet I'm grateful to know he is now with his mother, father and only brother in heaven. I just want to send my condolences and positive vibes out to family and friends of my dear Uncle. We will surely miss you.

Alex Covell

February 27, 2018

To Billy's family - Your loss is my loss; he is a dear friend and brother in the Church that I look forward to seeing again and resuming our frequent, active conversations. Blessed memories to you all!