William Terry Mitchell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - After a brave fight with lung cancer Terry surrounded by his family was finally at peace on January 19,2011. The son of predeceased William Cleveland and Essie Mae(Sprayberry) Mitchell, he is survived by his wife and best friend of 47 years Joyce Carroll(Wilson) Mitchell, son William Gordon(Sun Ok) and daughters Rebecca Goldman Morris, Misty Mitchell and Victoria Mitchell Hammond(Steve). He is also survived by his older brother Billy Michael Mitchell(Peggy) his 11 grandchildren, Catherine, Elizabeth , Hannah Mitchell, Taylor and Chandler Goldman, Olivia and Lands Morris, William and Caroline Raine and Ina Marie and Gabriel Hammond and many much loved nieces and nephews. He was born on September 26, 1945 Jacksonville Florida where he was affectionately known as Butch. He went to Paxon High School, he left to marry his sweetheart of many years and start his family. He worked as an electrician at Economy Electric with his brother and father. He and his family were members of the Edgewood Church of Christ and still would speak fondly of Malcom Lammons the pastor of the church. He was also on the original team that helped build the Alaskan Pipe line in the 1970's. When times got tough he went on the road to support his family and often came back telling them stories of the road. He visited almost every state in the union to work and provide for the wife and family he adored. In 1975 he came home and decided to take his family with him. He moved them to Tennessee where he worked for Tennessee Valley Authority. He and his family became members of the Middle Valley Church Of Christ where he loved and respected Jim Clements the pastor and the entire Clements family. His goal was to provide his family with a solid Christian foundation in which to build their lives on. In 1982 the year his son graduated from Red Bank High School, he obtained his GED. It was one of the proudest moments of his life, he and the son he loved graduating the same year. After obtaining his GED it opened up a world of opportunity for him, he began working at Nuclear Power Plants across the country. He took his family with him to Missouri for a few years and then finally settling back in North Augusta SC. He worked at Vogtle Nuclear Power plant for several years and then started back to traveling. After a few years he came back to settle and work at the Savannah River Site. He *retired* from SRS in 2006. He stayed home to work on his home improvement projects. When he got bored he would often take contracting jobs around the country and on his last trip he took his beloved wife with him to spend 9 months in Arizona. Never one to stay behind the times, he embraced technology with a vengeance, with two of his children one that had lived in Vermont and one living in Michigan, he kept up with them via email and Instant Messaging. He was an avid blogger and often sent his thoughts and letters to his children to look at and ask for feedback. He was politically active until his illness kept him from being so. His one goal in life was to see that he provided his wife and best friend with everything she needed, even if he couldn't get her everything she wanted. He wanted the best for his children and tried to set an example by saying give it your best, and eventually you will be rewarded for your hard work. He did what was necessary to take care of his family even when it would take him away from them. Often thought of a quiet man, he had a tremendous if hidden sense of humor. He often enjoyed spending time with teenagers and young people to see things through their eyes. His grandchildren became a source of joy for him in his later years, he felt blessed that at one time or another his grandchildren would live with him and often visited. He leaves friends and loved ones across the country. As per his wishes no memorial service will be held. In Lieu of flowers, please consider of making a donation to the American Lung Cancer Foundation. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-January 22, 2011