James W. Mitchell, better known as Willard, of Dover passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 11, 1931, in Millville, to the late Isaiah Augustus and Anna Weir Evans Mitchell. On Aug. 24, 1949, he married the love of his life, Hazel Mae Ireland, who survives him.
He was retired from the City of Dover, where he worked as a dispatcher. Willard loved hunting, camping and was an avid fisherman. He was an entrepreneur in action as well as spirit, and owned Mitchell’s Market for several years. He was a Mr. Fix it, and could work on anything. He had rabbit dogs, was one of the Jay Patch Hunters and loved traveling. His great pride, however, was being an active life member of the NRA.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: James D. Mitchell (Marilyn), Linda Hite (Gene), Wayne L. Mitchell (Donna), Diane Lockwood (Rick), Pat Darlin (Al) and Renee Whited (Kevin); his 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, with another “on the way!” He is also survived by his siblings Floyd Mitchell, Helen Truitt (Arthur), Frances Fisher (John), Howard Mitchell (Sara), Wilma Graham (Bruce); sister-in-law Judy; his many nieces, nephews, family friends as well as his beloved feline friends, Smokey and Baby Boy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant twins Gerald and Geraldine; his sister, Elma Leedom; and brother Eldon Mitchell.
A funeral service and Celebration of His Life will be held Friday, Aug. 2, at noon, at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front St., Milford, where friends may call one hour prior for viewing and visitation. Pastor Paul Isaacs will officiate. Interment will follow at Sharon Hill Cemetery in Dover.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Vitas Hospice, 1015 Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963.