SIKESTON - John P. "Jack" Mitchell, 75, died at 5:15 a.m. Feb. 27, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born Aug. 16, 1929, in Memphis, Tenn., son of the late Clay Alexander and Lucille Caroline Proffit Mitchell Sr., he was a 1947 graduate of Sikeston High School and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He was an offensive lineman for the football teams at both universities. He was a topographer with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mitchell was part owner and operator of the Sikeston Fruit and Produce Company. A salesman for Malone and Hyde Inc. in Sikeston, he was promoted to sales manager in 1972 and moved to Nashville, Tenn. During his employment with Malone and Hyde he attended Harvard Business School. He retired in 1990. He and his wife, Patsy, returned to Sikeston where he worked part time for Mitchell Insurance Agency and he had previously attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
A former member of the Sikeston Jaycees, Mitchell served as the Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Chairman in 1958 and was president of the Jaycees in 1959.
On July 7, 1950, in Caruthersville, he married Patsy Ann Johnson who preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 1998.
Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Clay A. Mitchell Jr., Charles M. Mitchell and Robert L. Mitchell Sr.; and one sister, Jane M. Malone.
Survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Cyd and Paul Lee of Webster Groves and Susie and Barry Baird of Greenville, S.C.; and six grandchildren, Alexandra Lee and Jack Lee of Webster Groves, David Conners of Knoxville, Tenn., Emily Conners of Atlanta and Jonathan Baird and Matthew Baird of Greenville.
Visitation is from noon Wednesday until time for a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Monsignor Stephen Schneider, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, will officiate.
Entombment will follow in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Columbarium in Sikeston.
may be sent to
Missouri Delta Medical
1008 N. Main St.
Sikeston, MO 63801
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1010 N. Main St.
Sikeston, MO 63801