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Thad Kenneth Mitchell

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1972 - 2008

Thad Kenneth Mitchell passed away, at the age of 35, after a tragic accident.
Thad was born in Miami, Florida. He moved to Pensacola in 1974. Always active and never without passion, Thad embraced life with his joy for boating, kayaking and flying. He attended Redeemer Lutheran School, Creative Learning Center and graduated from Washington High School. Thad's passion for flying dated back to his early childhood when he started flight lessons at age 12. Thad became the first pilot to fly transcontinental on his first solo flight and having flown from San Diego to Jacksonville on his sixteenth birthday he also became the youngest pilot to fly solo on a transcontinental flight. Thad attended Emory Riddle Aeronautical University and graduated from Troy State University. After graduating, Thad became a commercial airline pilot with American Airlines as well as a dedicated financial consultant for a large investment-banking firm, Merrill Lynch and Co. He loved and enjoyed his two beautiful children, Will and Wendy, their wonderful mother, Mary, along with his family and friends. Thad is deeply loved and missed by his family and friends.
Thad is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Irene Cooper; and his paternal grandfather, Clifton E. Mitchell Sr.
Thad is survived by his children Will and Wendy; his father and mother, Mark and Ann Mitchell; his brother, Gene Mitchell; his sister, Hope Ruiz (Mark); his god mother and aunt, Cindy Carneal (Harry); his god father and uncle, Bob Cooper (Annie); his maternal grandfather, W. T. Cooper; paternal grandmother, Helen Mitchell and numerous other family and friends.
A visitation will be held at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 5:00 pm. A funeral service will follow at 5:30 pm.
Pallbearers will be Gene Mitchell, Dr. Kevin Sanders, Dr. Tad Brown, Billy Hattaway, Jay Sauls, Martin Turner, Dr. Mark Ruiz, Arthur Oates and Kevin Wigley.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Pensacola News Journal from Mar. 9 to Mar. 11, 2008
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