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Haisten Funerals & Cremations

1745 Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA

OBITUARY

William Ralph Mitchell, Jr.

May 20, 1956September 3, 2019
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William “Billy” Ralph Mitchell, Jr. 63 years of age left this world at 11:05 AM on September 3, 2019 to walk the streets of Gold in presence of the Lord. Billy was born in Maryville, TN on May 20, 1956 at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital to William “Bill” Mitchell, Sr. and the late Frances White Mitchell. Billy was diagnosed with Colon/Rectal Cancer in 2016. He fought a long and hard battle until the end. If he could tell you anything it would be to get yourself checked out and don’t let it happen to you. Billy graduated from Forest Park High School in 1975. Billy loved getting together with his former classmates for fellowship. He had a love for music and old cars. Billy was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. His most enjoyment came from his six-year-old grandson Brantley. He was the apple of his Paw Paw’s eyes. Billy and his wife Diane loved going to Gatlinburg and enjoying picnics in Cades Cove located in the Great Smokey Mountains. Billy worked for Orr Protection Services for 20+ years. Billy was loved and admired by his co-workers as well as most everyone he met. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Diane Lancaster Mitchell of Locust Grove, his son Kyle (Camellia) Mitchell and grandson Brantley of Monticello, Georgia, father Bill Mitchell and brother John Mitchell of Ellenwood, his mother-in-law Faye DeLoach Lancaster and brother-in-law Wayne Lancaster of Eatonton, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his mother Frances White Mitchell of Ellenwood, Ga. and father-in-law Ralph Lancaster of Eatonton, Ga. and Grandparents: John (Alice) Mitchell of Alabama and Robert and Lola Mae White of Knoxville, TN., his late aunts Doris Robinson of Alabama, Marie Graves and Margaret Roberts of Tennessee, Alma DeLoach Hingson (John) and Dorthy Smith of Valdosta, GA., Lyndia DeLoach McAfee of Fayetteville, GA. and uncles Albert White of Lenoir City, TN. Nelson DeLoach of Lee, FL. He is survived by so many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 6th from 4:00 to 8:00 at Haisten Funeral Home, 1745 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, GA. The remains will then be transported to Stockton, Georgia for a graveside service with Carson McLane Funeral Home. Flowers are welcome; due to the transport of the remains to a different part of the state; donations can also be made to his spouse Diane Mitchell.

  • FAMILY

  • Billy is survived by his wife of 29 years Diane Lancaster Mitchell of Locust Grove, his son Kyle (Camellia) Mitchell and grandson Brantley of Monticello, Georgia, father Bill Mitchell and brother John Mitchell of Ellenwood, his mother-in-law Faye DeLoach Lancaster and brother-in-law Wayne Lancaster of Eatonton, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his mother Frances White Mitchell of Ellenwood, Ga. and father-in-law Ralph Lancaster of Eatonton, Ga. and Grandparents: John (Alice) Mitchell of Alabama and Robert and Lola Mae White of Knoxville, TN., his late aunts Doris Robinson of Alabama, Marie Graves and Margaret Roberts of Tennessee, Alma DeLoach Hingson (John) and Dorthy Smith of Valdosta, GA., Lyndia DeLoach McAfee of Fayetteville, GA. and uncles Albert White of Lenoir City, TN. Nelson DeLoach of Lee, FL. He is survived by so many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services

  • Visitation - Haisten Funeral Home Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Burial- Wayfare Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Stockton, Georgia Sunday, September 8, 2019

Memories

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Lea Martin

September 10, 2019

Billy was one of the rare people that you meet in life. I have never heard anyone say an unkind work about him. I met him at the CB club when I went with Darlene Phillips and her family. He was such a kind person and made us laugh a lot. He was the kind of man that would help anyone that needed his help. I remember always seeing him in his Camaro and we would be running up and down Forest Parkway and we would blow the horn and stick our arms out the window and wave at each other. I don't think he ever met a stranger. I know how much he loved Diane, because he spoiled her rotten. He loved all of his family. I had not seen him in many years, but I know I will see him again in Heaven. Diane, Kyle, Camillia, Brantley, Johnny, Mr. Mitchell, Mrs. Lancaster & Wayne, you are all in my prayers. My heart hurts for you and for us all, with the loss of Billy.

Nicholas Shacklette

September 10, 2019

When Billy took on teaching me, I'm not sure that he knew the impact he was actually making on me, but he shaped how I would be as a man. I'm so thankful that God brought Billy into my life at a time when I needed the influence of a great man in my work life. I've shared joys, happiness, laughter, meals, thousands of miles on the road, family stories, difficulties, disappointments, and faith with Billy, and what I received back and what is now gone from the world will now be up to us to pass on. It's that same heart for friends and family that only Billy could have given the world. I pray that when difficulties come my way that I can face them with the same strength I saw in Billy.

The Legacy that Billy has left with those who loved him can never be forgotten. The following photo was taken almost exactly two years ago at our Tech Conference in Louisville, KY at Churchill Downs. I was beyond thrilled to share that time with him.

Thank you Billy.

Nicholas Shacklette

September 9, 2019

I moved to Atlanta when I was 21. I was able to transfer from Kentucky to Georgia with ORR, but it was just going to be a totally new division. Day 1 of work in a completely new job I met Billy. Not only did I meet him that day, but he was also the type of man who took it upon himself to be my mentor without being asked. Big shocker coming, that first day, 04-17-2006 Billy took me to Chick-fil-A for the first time. At that time there weren't any in Louisville. I remember that first week vividly. Billy worked me like a $7/hr temp and I didn't think I would make it in this job, and I don't think he expected me to stick around either. Since then I've been in every state in the South working with Billy Mitchell. All those disgusting job sites you've heard Billy talk about, I've been to almost all of them with him. Billy was my mentor for the next 3 years. I learned about honestly at work; that people remember a man with a strong personality; that always giving your best effort at work is better than complaining and leaving a job incomplete; that family drives a great man to do greater things; and that Billy saw us, his coworkers, as friends and family. I remember working with Billy often at a particular customer site downtown which took a whole month to inspect and do our paperwork. I learned how quickly Billy could pass out asleep filling out paperwork for large jobs. So one thing we did to pass the time was while one of us did paperwork for 30min, the other would play a game on the laptop. Attached is a picture from that same job, of Billy looking under the floor, and it always made me laugh how he did this.

Kim Hensley

September 9, 2019

Billy, as I sit here and reflect on the many years that our families have been in each others lives, I go through all sorts of emotions. You have always been one of my go to “persons” weather it was me needing help loading pictures on cds, needing help with cookies on my computer...... who would have thought! lol, you were a “ jack of all trades” you had a gift. Now you are in Heaven with my daddy who thought the world of you! Thank you my friend for being “ family “ to Brian the girls and I. We will love and miss you as the years go by and we will be there for your family like you were for ours! Fly high my dear friend!

Wade Barron

September 9, 2019

Billy was one of those " One in a million" kind of friends that can never be replaced. I have known Billy since high school and I was blessed to have rekindled our friendship after the missing years spent working and raising family's. We picked up right where we left off just like we never missed a moment.
Glad to have my memories refreshed so I can cherish them till we meet again.

Kim Thompson

September 7, 2019

Billy was a great guy, and it was an honor to know him. He would always help others, like when he fixed my car door. You had great stories about him and stuff y'all did together. I hurt for your loss. I cannot fully express the sorrow I feel for you at this time. I am thinking about you always, Diane, and will keep you in prayer.

Andrea Hernandez

September 6, 2019

I Will Always Remember You ,My Cowboy,You will be Missed Love you God Give you strength To All your Family . Love you Diane

James Renney

September 6, 2019

I remember when Billy first started with the company we got to work together in quite a few jobs and always was a pleasure to be around he love family and had a great sense of humor I know he’d love to eat whenever we go out it always seem like we get steak it was a privilege knowing him to call my friend and a coworker we will miss him but will meet up again one day

Darlene Phillips

September 6, 2019

I first met Billy way back around 1976 from talking on the CB radio!! I remember his fast Camaro that he loved. Billy was such a special person, always thoughtful and caring. He also had a great sense of humor. To Diane and your family my heart breaks for y’all!! We know Billy is free of pain and sickness and with his Lord and Savior!!! Diane you and your entire family are in my prayers and I pray for the peace that passes understanding envelopes your family!! Ride high Billy!!! You will never be forgotten!!

Angela Dixon

September 6, 2019

Billy and I go way back. We attended school together and remained friends throughout our adult lives. Billy could rig up anything from nothing. He always made fun of me for having to have all the bells and whistles on anything I purchased in my younger days before marriage and children. In our youth we both had a love of CB radios. Don't think it was really about the radios it was more about talking. Of course I had to have the best radio, best antenna, best rotor and best and tallest tower. I was visiting Billy at his parents home in Forest Park one afternoon and ask him what type of rotor he had for is antenna. Without missing a beat he replied, I have an "Armstrong Brand". I told him I had not heard of it. He said, I'll show you. He opened his bedroom window and there was the pole holding the antenna right outside the window. He then placed his hand around the pole and turned it to the direction he wanted it to face. Needless to say I learned a lesson that day.
Billy was smarter than I. I will miss you my friend.

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Biography

Billy was born in Maryville, TN on May 20, 1956 at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital to William “Bill” Mitchell, Sr. and the late Frances White Mitchell. Billy was diagnosed with Colon/Rectal Cancer in 2016. He fought a long and hard battle until the end. If he could tell you anything it would be to get yourself checked out and don’t let it happen to you. Billy graduated from Forest Park High School in 1975. Billy loved getting together with his former classmates for fellowship. He had a love for music and old cars. Billy was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. His most enjoyment came from his six-year-old grandson Brantley. He was the apple of his Paw Paw’s eyes. Billy and his wife Diane loved going to Gatlinburg and enjoying picnics in Cades Cove located in the Great Smokey Mountains. Billy worked for Orr Protection Services for 20+ years. Billy was loved and admired by his co-workers as well as most everyone he met.