MITCHELL, (Jr.) Verd Venton, Lt. Col USAF, 94, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, after a brief illness, died peacefully at his home, Thursday, January 17, 2013. He was an extremely devoted husband of 66 years, wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. In 1941, he graduated with a BA in Marketing and Art from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (later Auburn University) and was President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Mitchell served in the United States Air Force reserve during WWII and at an extremely young age achieved the rank of Lt. Col. He was later recalled to the Korean War for two years. Following the war, he built a successful career in advertising and public relations and was an extraordinarily accomplished artist. Mitchell was also a noted public speaker and he had an innate gift of offering heartfelt prayers and blessings at family gatherings. He attended First Christian Church and then, for over 30 years attended Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church where he and Marjorie participated in the Jack Thompson Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Verd Venton Mitchell, Sr. (Gladys Howard), and his sister and brother-in-law, Mrs. Monta Mitchell Scott (Charles). He is survived by the 'love of his life,' his wife Marjorie Laubenthal Mitchell; one daughter, Marjorie Ann Mitchell McPhaul (Don); grandsons Jeffery Martin McPhaul, Mitchell Alan McPhaul and Andrew Farnsworth McPhaul (Angela), all of Dallas, TX; and one son, Stephen Venton Mitchell (Nancy Scott), Montgomery, AL; granddaughters Dana Mitchell Zaworski (John), Andrea Mitchell Center (Stephen), Marjorie Ann Mitchell, all of Atlanta, GA; sister-in-law Jane Bridgman, Nashville, TN; brother-in-law Harry "Buddy" Laubenthal (Barbara) of Athens, AL; great grandchildren Lauren Christine McPhaul, Bennett Charles McPhaul, Christian Alexander McPhaul, Nicholas Mateo McPhaul and Ben Louis Zaworski; nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren, as well as many cousins. The family will hold a private memorial service to celebrate his life on February 2, 2013, with Dr. Tim Thompson, Senior Pastor, Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to
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Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Feb. 1, 2013