Oliver Funeral Home
Visitation will be held at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora, MS on April 25, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on April 26, 2022 at Walthall Baptist Church in Walthall, MS beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will follow at the North Mississippi Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael, MS.
February 14, 1945 – April 19, 2022
Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM Tuesday 4/26/22 at the Walthall Baptist Church in Walthall, MS., with Graveside/Committal Services in the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael MS following the funeral. Judge Mitchell will lie in state in the Church from 10:00AM until 11:00AM Tuesday. Visitation will be 6:00PM until 8:00PM Monday 4/25/22 at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora, MS.
Judge George Mitchell of Eupora, Mississippi died in the early morning hours of April 19, 2022. If you ever knew George Mitchell, you would remember. His lion’s growl would scare all but those who knew him best; that said, he was a kitten at heart. George was a fighter and a servant, from the jungles of Vietnam to the courtrooms of Mississippi. He was as hard as he was tender, and he was as funny as he was stern. A follower of Christ in word and deed, a patriot who sacrificed much for his country, and a loving father and grandfather, George will be greatly missed. Among his many hobbies – from classic cars to guns – his favorite was being cantankerous.
To those who knew him it is a bit ironic that George Madison Mitchell, Jr. was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1945 to George M. Mitchell, Sr. and Lenora Oliver Mitchell in Winona, Mississippi. After the untimely death of his mother, George went to live with his grandparents, Oscar and Minnie Oliver. They raised him well, as anyone who knew him could honestly testify.
After graduating from Mississippi State in 1968, George was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He served with distinction in Vietnam. He continued service in both the Mississippi Air National Guard and the United States Air Force Reserve. He retired with the rank of Colonel and the honorary designation as a Brigadier General, one of his proudest accomplishments.
Upon his return from Vietnam, George attended and graduated law school at the University of Mississippi. Thankfully, the “diploma privilege” was in place and he never had to sit for the bar examination. After his graduation in 1975, George clerked for fellow Euporan Justice Robert P. Sugg at the Mississippi Supreme Court and spent the next 40 years serving his clients and his community. From 1986 to 2004, George served as the Webster County Prosecuting Attorney. And for perhaps his favorite role, in 2016, Governor Phil Bryant appointed George to serve as a Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court District. He held that post until his death. Almost every judge who served Mississippi in the past fifty years and every client he ever represented remember him well and can hear his voice as they read this obituary.
George would like most to be remembered as a loving father and grandfather. And he did well in that regard. He is survived by his son; Matt Mitchell (Melissa) of Houston, TX and his daughter; Mandy Mitchell Davis (Richard) of Jackson, MS, all of whom loved and honored him dearly. He is also survived by his three grandchildren; Lenora Natalia Mitchell, Abigail Lou Mitchell, and Oliver Ward Davis, one sister; Jean (Tone) Garrett of Madison, MS, and one brother; Bobby Mitchell of Brownsville, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents; George Madison and Lenora Oliver Mitchell, his paternal grandparents; William N. and Charlotte Hall Mitchell, and his maternal grandparents; Oscar E. and Minnie Oliver
Visitation will be held at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora, MS on April 25, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on April 26, 2022 at Walthall Baptist Church in Walthall, MS beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the North Mississippi Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael, MS. Any memorials should be sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund or the Walthall Baptist Church Benevolent Fund. To most honor his name, George would want you to stand tall in the face of evil and to protect those who can’t protect themselves. That is what he spent his life fighting for, and that is something that would please him without end.