Funeral services for Mr. Frank Mitchell, 79, of Anniston, will be 2PM Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Iron City Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Hilliard officiating. Burial will follow at Forestlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 4 PM until 7 PM Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Miller Funeral Home. On Sunday the body will lie in state an hour prior to service at the church. Mr. Mitchell died Thursday, November 29, 2012 at his residence. Survivors include his sons, Steve Mitchell and his wife Lillian of Talladega, Frank Mitchell Jr. of Anniston, daughters, Lynda Martin and her husband Freddy of Marietta, Ga., Donna Johnson, of Anniston, Lori Berrey and her husband Burnie of Meridian Ms., brother-in-laws, Joseph C. Lett and his wife Bobbie, of Oxford, JerreLett of Hartselle, Al., a sister-in-law, Louise Mitchell, grandchildren, Chris Martin, Michael Martin, Crystal Bonds Martin, Josh Smallwood, Keelan Smallwood, Mandi Smallwood, Greg Mitchell, Amber Mitchell, BurnieBerrey III, Heather Berrey, Hayden Berrey, Cody Berrey, great-grandchildren, Skyler Smallwood, Miley Mitchell, Noah Smallwood and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Cody Berrey, Hayden Berrey, Allen Lett, C.C. Martin, Greg Mitchell, Josh Smallwood, and Keelan Smallwood. Mr. Mitchell was born in Alabama and a resident of Old Davis Town community. He served 21 years in the U.S. Navy
as Machinist Mate Senior Chief, and a vet of Korea and Vietnam and retired in 1972. Upon retiring from the Navy, Mr. Mitchell worked as poultry farmer and drove a school bus for Calhoun County School System for 25 years. He was a longtime member of Iron City Baptist Church and a member of the Hartwell Masonic Lodge 101. While he drove the bus, he and Mrs. Mitchell will be remembered for making Christmas "goodie" bags for the children that rode his bus. Preceded in death by his wife of 42 years Er ma Lett Mitchell, parents, Henry Mitchell and Essie Ingram, sister, Mary Ann Mitchell, brother, M.T. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell never met a stranger and was well loved by all who met him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Angel Ministries of Iron City Baptist Church, a ministry started by Mr. Mitchell in memory of his wife, Erma. Miller Funeral Home will direct the service.