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Friday, May 12, 2023
Funeral services for J.W. Mitchell, 96, will be held on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial will follow at Forest Park West Cemetery, 4000 Meriwether Rd. in Shreveport. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Officiating the service will be Pastor Jerry Stele.
J.W. was born on December 18, 1926 in Jonesboro, Louisiana to Frank and Mattie Mitchell and passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2023 in Shreveport.
J.W. was a resident of Shreveport. He was married for 32 years to the love of his life, Grace Mitchell. He was an Army veteran that served for eight years in the military during World War II, Pearl Harbor, and the Korean War. He was headquartered at Pearl Harbor as they were being bombed serving as an international Morse Code Specialist. During his military days, while he was at the training center in Yakima, Washington, he stayed with family that lived there. He always considered Yakima his second home. After his military days, he made trips back to visit, pick apples and work on the farm with his mom and siblings. He would bring catfish with him on his many trips to Yakima, once on his Harley, so the family could have their traditional fish fry. He always brought back cherries and apples from his trip.
He owned a “mom pop” country restaurant and grocery store. He also worked as a school bus driver for over 10 years before retiring. He was a gentle, kind, and generous man that was passionate about his family. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.
J.W. is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill Mitchell, David Mitchell, and Jesse Knighten; sisters, Lela Attaberry, Bernice Mitchell, Eva Scrubbs; and numerous nieces and nephews. Left to cherish his memory are many family members.
Honoring J.W. as pallbearers will be Jay Mitchell, Matt Allen Lasyone, Blade Powers and Howard Ebarb. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Jim Harrington.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.