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Isaac Leondis Mitchell - Obituary

June 24, 2007

LEWISBURG ó Isaac Leondis Mitchell, 91, of Lewisburg, formerly of Renick, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1915, he was the son of the late John W. and Murtha M. Callison Mitchell.

A graduate from Meadow Bridge High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College, majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and physics. He continued his education, earning a Masterís degree in secondary education from Duke University.

He began his career in education as a teacher at Consolidated High School in Thaxton, Miss., then continued teaching science at Smoot and Alderson High Schools. After teaching he served as principal of both Smoot Elementary and Alderson High Schools. Before retiring in 1976, he served as the director of instruction at Lewisburg, and then he became the West Virginia Department of Education coordinator of field services. He served in that capacity from 1961-1976 while stationed at Concord College where he also supervised student teachers. After retiring, he served as the adviser to Beckley College, helping it gain accreditation from North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

A veteran of the United States Navy in World War II, Mr. Mitchell served his country honorably in the South Pacific for 27 months. He remained in the Reserves following his service and received an honorable discharge. He was also a proud member of the Lions Club and Clifton Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Bess Caraway Mitchell, in May 1999, and their only son, John J. Mitchell Sr., in May 2006.

Survivors include his brother, Champe Mitchell of Front Royal, Va.; daughter-in-law, Kendal Mitchell; grandson, John J. Mitchell Jr.; granddaughter-in-law, Marie Mitchell; and three great-grandchildren, Lauren Marie, Zachary David and Matthew Isaac Mitchell of Tampa, Fla.

Acknowledgement is given to his many wonderful caregivers and friends for their love and support over the many months of his illness.

Service will be 2 p.m. July 5 at McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. The Rev. Susan Sharp Campbell will be officiating. Following the funeral service, the family will receive Isaacís friends and family at the General Lewis in Lewisburg. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Donations of sympathy may be made in honor of Isaac Mitchell to Concord College, P.O. Box 1405, Athens, WV 24712.

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