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NEWPORT NEWS - Robert 'Pappy' Mitchell, 83, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012, in his home. He was a native of Newport News and has been a resident of Hilton Village, Newport News, for 49 years.
Pappy attended Newport News High School, Augusta Military Academy, and University of Richmond. Pappy began working at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1946. He served with the US Navy in Korea. After the war he returned to Newport News Shipbuilding and retired in 2000. He was a founding member of the Hilton Village Architectural Review Board. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loved to be a part of his grandchildren's activities.
Pappy was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen O'Neil Mitchell; parents, Blair Douglas and Mary Rhodes Mitchell; brothers, Blair Douglas Jr., and his twin, Roland G. Mitchell.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Moyer Mitchell; daughter, Jennifer Lane and husband Steven, of Churchland, Va.; sons, David R. Mitchell and wife Deborah, of Smithfield, Va., Mark P. Mitchell and wife Holly, of Chesapeake, Va.; grandchildren, Katie Mitchell Dickson and husband Charlie, Jonathon, Matthew, Christopher, Sarah, Sean and Seth; and first great-granddaughter due in July.
The family will receive friends on Monday, April 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, April 3, at the funeral home, with the Rev. David Dickerson officiating, and a burial to follow at Alfred G. Horton Vet. Memorial Cemetery, Suffolk, Va.
Memorial donations may be made to Horton Wreath Society, 1401 Trapelo Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
Arrangements in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2012.
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April 3, 2012
Dave, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your Dad.
Dennis Skeens
April 3, 2012
Dave, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending our heartfelt condolences.
Doug & Pat Smith
April 2, 2012
Mrs. Mitchell,

My prayers are with you and your family during this time. Rosa Overton
April 2, 2012
Thinking of you... Love and prayers.
The Graysons
April 2, 2012
Dave & Family - My prayers and condolences to you and your family with the loss of your father. The Keast Family (Hampton, VA)
Jerry & Karen Keast
April 2, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Mitchell family in your time of loss. Bob was most certainly a mentor of mine both professionally and personally and he will be missed dearly.
Whether it was a word of advice in the office, a short lesson on life, or a quick joke followed by an infectious laugh that could lift your mood in an instant,
My life was indeed touched and enriched having known such a soul. May God Bless You and Hold you in the times to come.
Wayne Grubbs
April 2, 2012
Dave & Family,
My family sends their heart filled condolences. Your Dad was great man to be around. His stories were always good for a chuckle or hearty laugh. We have many fond memories of him from our days at Beale Park. If there was a Mitchell boy playing a game of baseball in or around Smithfield, we always new that he was nearby, cheering and spreading a smile. We don't ever recall not seeing a smile on his face. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! Wayne, Carolyn, Taylor & Andrew
The Blanchard's
April 2, 2012
Dearest Mitchell family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will always have the fondest memories of the boys on the baseball field with Pappy proudly cheering them on!
The DeBoer family
April 2, 2012
Thinking of you all and wishing we could be there. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
The Brady Family
April 1, 2012
April 01, 2012

Bobby and I grew up together as childhood buddies. Through Elementary and High School. Lost track of him and his brother Roland about 25 years ago. God Bless Bobby and his Family.
Willard Patterson
April 1, 2012
Our thoughts are with each of you during this time. We have many happy memories of "Pappy"or "Stinkweed" as the boys used to call him. Love Troy, Nancy, Nick and Ben Ellis
April 1, 2012
To the Mitchell family I wish to pass on my prayers, Bobby and I had great times together during our high schools days at NNHS ,it has been many years since seeing Bobby but seeing his photo brought back many wonderful memories.God Bless Bobby and his entire family.
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