Billy Paul Mitchell

 

 

Mitchell photo

Billy Paul Mitchell, 87 of Pasadena, TX took his final breath on Saturday, morning, July 8, 2017 at Harbor Hospice in Houston, TX.

 He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Mary (Wilson) Mitchell; his daughter, Lorri Mitchell Davidson; two grandchildren, Allen Thomas Davidson and his wife, Catherine.  Ashley (Davidson) Still and her husband, Lee; and one great grandson, Aedan Ender Davidson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Archie Mitchell and Esther (Robinson) Mitchell; sister, Betty (Mitchell) Hanzel; son-in-law, John Davidson and granddaughter, Alexandria Leigh Davidson.

Billy spent his childhood and teen years in San Augustine, TX.  In 1950 he joined the United States Navy, where he spent the next four years serving his country as an ACB One.  During that time he received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Medal.

In 1958 he met Mary while attending Westfall Baptist Church in Pasadena.  They wed the following year on April 4, 1959.  Shortly thereafter they moved into their home in Pasadena where they resided until death.

Mr. Mitchell worked for the gas company, formerly known as Entex Gas Company for over 30 years before retiring.

His passion for Christ and others was most important to him.  He and Mary were very active at their current church, Underwood Baptist; and could be found doing whatever needed to be done whenever his health would allow it.

Billy enjoyed building bicycles for the neighborhood children.  He was the “Mr. Fix It Man” if something broke.  He also enjoyed camping, boating, John Wayne Movies; and in the earlier years, riding his bicycle around the city collecting Coke bottles off the side of the road.

He loved being a “granddaddy” to his three beautiful grandchildren and great-grandson.  The three kids would travel to Texas every summer and spend the entire time with grandma & granddaddy.  They kept him young; and they in return learned many valuable lessons.

There will never be another one like Billy.  His smile was infectious, his personality was lovable, his patience was priceless and his faithfulness has been fully rewarded.  He was a simple man with a simple plan…to always serve others.  We could all learn a lesson.

The visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Thursday, July 13, from 6:00pm. until 8:00pm. The service Honoring Bills’ Life will be held at Underwood Baptist Church, Friday, July 14, in LaPorte, at 11:00am. Interment will follow, Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Oakhurst, TX.