Melvin Arlee Mitchell

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PONCHATOULA, LA. - Melvin Arlee Mitchell, 73 years old of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, September 2, 2018, surrounded by his family at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born on Sunday, October 15, 1944, in Vincennes, Indiana to Robert Arlee and Dorothy Stella Mitchell.
On September 10, 1964, he married Shirley Jones with whom he was married to until his passing…. nearly 54 years and with this happy union were born four daughters.
Melvin served in the United States Army Reserve for six years and when he was young was called into the ministry and pastored faithfully for 42 years with the Bible Missionary Church.
Melvin enjoyed life and loved fishing, working on cars, woodworking, camping and picnics but he especially loved family gatherings and pastoring his churches.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife of almost 54 years, Shirley Mitchell; his four daughters, Jennifer Shaw and her husband Jeff, Brenda McKim and her husband Jon, Trish Norwood and her husband Tim and Leah Sater and her husband Jay; 18 grandchildren; his brother, Terry Mitchell and his sister, Shirley Harris and also many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Arlee and Dorothy Stella Mitchell.
A visitation for Melvin will be held Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. A funeral service celebrating Melvin's life will immediately follow visitation at 12:00 noon in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery in Ponchatoula.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 5, 2018
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