Donna Gowen Mitchell

February 12, 1952August 29, 2020
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Donna Gowen Mitchell, 68, of Madison Heights, went home to be with the lord on Saturday August 29, 2020, at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of Basil Warren Mitchell for forty wonderful years. Born February 12, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Gowen and the late Myrtle Honig Gowen. Donna was a long time employee of CVTC, homemaker and care giver. She was a loving, generous person who had a wonderful sense of humor, loved music and the simple things in life. In addition to her husband Warren, Donna is survived by her daughters, Michelle A. Marino of Madison Heights; Melissa D. Mitchell of Madison Heights; and Shanon L. Mitchell of Madison Heights; two grandchildren, Christopher D. Tyree and his wife Jade of Forest; Samantha C. Owen and her husband Jason of Madison Heights. Donna had three beautiful great grandchildren, who were the apples of her eye, Aria Tyree; Phelan Tyree; and Layla Owen. She also had other extended family and friends who will miss her greatly. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday September 2, 2020 2:00 p.m. at Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Reverend George Harris officiating. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution please consider the Humane Society of Amherst or Lynchburg. You are encouraged to post a memory, note, or words of condolence to the family by going to the funeral home website at


  • Oscar A Gowen, Father (deceased)
  • Myrtle H Gowen, Mother (deceased)
  • Basil Warren Mitchell, Husband
  • Michelle Marino, Daughter
  • Melissa D Mitchell, Daughter
  • Shanon L Mitchell, Daughter
  • Christopher D Tyree (Jade), Grandchild
  • Samantha C Owen (Jason), Grandchild
  • Aria Tyree, Great Grandchild
  • Phelan Tyree, Great Grandchild
  • Layla Owen, Great Grandchild

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  • Chris Tyree
  • Jason Owen
  • Sonny Gowen
  • Jack Thompson
  • David Mitchell
  • Sam Cash
  • Keith Tweedy
  • Russell Lipscomb
  • Chris Harris, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020


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Melissa Mitchell

September 2, 2020

Our wonderful and loving Mother. We will miss you so very much and are thankful for the 39 years that we got to spend with you! Love you so much! Your twin girls Melissa & Shanon

Janet Ashby

September 1, 2020

Warren and family, heaven gain a very special angle. Donna was one of the greatest mothers and amazing wife that I ever met. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. We love y’all

Susan Blackstock

September 1, 2020

Warren & Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet and lovely wife and mother.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue (Mitchell) Blackstock

Richard Williams

September 1, 2020

Warren we are so sorry to hear about your wife. I know her loss is very hard on you and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers and hope you find comfort and peace to help you get through this. I know you have a family that will be there for you. Take care

Amy9 Rees

September 1, 2020

I love this FAMILY ♡I have been doing thier hair for as long as i have been in this business...I will miss our Many talks about past Memories...and this CRAZY world!I always felt like FAMILY at thier home♡..Rest in peaceSweet Donna God Bless You all ♡Love You Amy Rees

Robin Tyree

August 31, 2020

I lived with Donna, Myrtle and Mrs. Honig when I was a teenager. She and I were like sisters. "Angie" Michelle, I remember the day you were born. You were so tiny! I have many happy memories on Sunset Drive. May she rest in peace with her mom, Oscar and Granny Honig. God Bless and keep you in his care. Robin Mitchell Tyree

Timothy (Timmy) Irby

August 31, 2020

I will always remember the great time I had as a child going to visit Aunt Myrtle and Donna and family with my mother and father .

Michelle Marino

August 31, 2020

I have 51 years of memories! All are precious. I love you mom! Rest in peace.

Hugh Mattox

August 31, 2020

I am so deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Donna.
I remember her as a loving and caring person that put her love of family at its best.
With sincere and uplifting condolences, I send your way.
Know that your family is in the thoughts and prayers of others.
Heaven is a little bit brighter now.🌹

Marie Tweedy

August 30, 2020

I never forget all the times our family has been together together to eat! Donna always made deviled eggs! They were gone before anything else!! Donna cooked all the time! She took care of her family and friends! I knew Donna always had a pot of coffee made! Donna was a loving woman’! We shall all miss greatly!!!


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