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 dailypress.com/guestbooks.