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November 16, 2012

Robert H. "Van" Mitchell, 60, of Fort Myers, FL died on November 16, 2012 at his residence. He was born on May 2, 1952 in Cordova, AL, a child of Hugh and Bobbie Nell (Gilbert) Mitchell.

Van received his BA from Mississippi College and his Masters in Education from Mississippi State. A resident of Fort Myers since 1991, he was a Math teacher for the Lee County School District for the past21 years. He started at the Sanibel and Edison Park Elementary Schools, then taught at Colonial and Littleton Elementary Schools before going to Three Oaks Middle School 18 years ago.

He was a member of the McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, where he was an active member of the choir.

Van is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda Gail (Elliott) Mitchell, his children, Robbie Mitchell Jimmerson of Elberta, AL, Elliott Van Mitchell of Gainesville, FL and Trace Evan Mitchell of Fort Myers, FL, his grandson, Holden Price Crook, his mother, Bobbie Mitchell Cook of Conehatta, MS, his sister, Kawanna Mitchell Malone of Jackson, MS.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the McGregor Baptist Church, 3750 Colonial Blvd. where the family will receive friends after 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, PO Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33633-1622. Friends may sign the guest book at

Published in The News-Press from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23, 2012
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