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Thomas F. Mitchell, Jr.
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Thomas Frank Mitchell Jr. was born August 2, 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Thomas Frank Sr. and Priscilla (Sippy) Mitchell.  He was preceded in death by older sister Harriet Vittur.  He is survived by two younger brothers, Perry Mitchell of Florida and John Mitchell who still resides in Georgia.  Brother John gave Tom a magical gift, one of his kidneys, in 1975 thereby providing his brother with 35 more years of a wonderful life without complication.

Tom lived through the Depression and grew up in some hard times, working crops farming to help his family get by.  He was a jack-of-all-trades, but grew into a businessman working in bookkeeping and eventually becoming a CPA and running his own bookkeeping and tax business. With this background he became a man who was always a good provider for his own, and believed in truth and strong family values.  For this, he was well respected by family and friends alike.

While serving in the US Navy he met the love of his life Margie Elizabeth and quickly married her and started his family.  They remained married for 61 years until she went home to be with our lord just 20 months ago, waiting in heaven so they may be joined together again eternally.

Tom and Margie had four children, Tommy JoRay, Jerry Doyle, Robert Wayne and their only daughter Jean Marie (Houtekamer).

Their sons and daughter gave them 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren followed from them.  Tom had a love for the cowboy life, country music, and his cowboy hat and boots.

His lifelong dream was to be a cowboy and even though his dream fell short, he was well known with the kids especially as a “cowboy”.  After retiring at 65 he spent much of his free time volunteering for community service until his health wouldn’t allow it.  His favorite times were spent either listening and singing along to old country tunes or playing them on his guitar and rounding up the grandkids to sing with him.

Arrangements are being handled by Park View Funeral Home, 3661 E. French Camp Rd., Manteca, Calif. A visitation will be held Thursday July 2, 2009 at Park View Memorial Chapel, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with internment immediately following at Park View Cemetery.

Friends and family are invited to the family home at 1859 Elmwood Lane, Manteca, following the service.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, July 1, 2009