Lawrence Alvin Mitchell, Jr.

Birth date: July 19, 1932
Death date: August 9, 2012


Lawrence Alvin Mitchell, Jr., 80, of Gallipolis, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

He was born July 19, 1932 in Quincy, West Virginia, to Lawrence Alvin and Melva B. Cornell Mitchell. He graduated in 1951 from Gallia High School. He went on to graduate from the Nashville - Auto Diesel College and was employed by the Environmental Protection Agency for 29 years. He proudly served in the United State Air Force (retired) and Reserves for nearly forty years as a Chief Master Sgt.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary M. Arnold Mitchell, whom he married on November 21, 1954. Also left to mourn him are his sons, Gary L. (Pam) Mitchell of Amherst, Ohio and David W. (Tina), of Gallipolis; grandsons, David K., David L. and William; granddaughters, Tegan (Matt) Coffman, Jennifer Leone, Triston (Thaddeus) Thompson and Mara; great grandchildren, Tyler, Aiden and Emmaleigh Coffman and Vincent and Dominic Leone. He is also survived by brothers A. Ray Mitchell of Cheshire, Norman (Bonnie) Mitchell of Gallipolis, and B. Fred Mitchell of Lawrenceville, Georgia; two sisters, Nancy (Don) James of Gallipolis,and Donna (Carroll) Roberson of Ripley, Mississippi.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine.

Services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Willis Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, August 13, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. There will be full military rites given at the graveside.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or online at

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Larry attended the breakfasts in Wilmington over the last dozen years.