Gene Mitchell

Harold “Gene” Mitchell, 84, of Sylva passed away with his family at his side, Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Gene was the third of three children born to Thomas and Flora Matheson Mitchell, July 9, 1934. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Grace Ramsey Mitchell; a brother, Herman Mitchell; and a sister, Helen Hames of Sylva.

Gene served for two years in the Army and retired from Jackson Paper in 1996. After retirement, he spent most of his time fishing and traveling with his wife and granddaughters.

He is survived by a daughter, Debi Cogdill (Bob); granddaughters, Bethany Marler (Jeff) and Ashley Hooper. He is also survived by two very special sisters-in-law, Mary Lee Dillard and Jackie Matthews; and six great-grandchildren.

At his request, no formal services are planned. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

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