Tommy Gene Mitchell Sr., 76, of Almyra passed away Tuesday, Mar.
Tommy was born Nov. 18, 1941, to Lester and Ella
Mitchell. He spent his entire life in the Almyra area where his
family owned a little country store called Mitchellís Grocery.
Through those years he made many friends who became family over
time. Like his parents, he loved each and every one.
Later in his teen years, he worked on a nearby farm close
to home until 1964 when he went to work for the U.S. Federal
Fish Farm until 1984. At that time he left and went into a
full-time house-painting business. Painting was his passion and
he was a perfectionist. Over the 32 years of his business he
worked from sun up to sun down working hard to please his
customers and many of those customers were loyal and they only
wanted the best and that was Tommy.
In 2014 he was awarded the Readerís Choice Award-Best Painter
and he and his family were so proud. In the beginning of 2016
his 32 years of his painting business ended due to health
reasons which got in the way of the work he loved. He once again
received the Readerís Choice Award-Best Painter ending his
career on top.
Tommy enjoyed people and loved life. He made friends everywhere
he went and loved to make people smile and laugh, itís what he
Over the next two years after his career ended, he had to make a
lot of adjustments. He enjoyed going to the Senior Center every
day and visiting with friends. On Fridays he had a special
friend, Ronnie Hayes, who would pick him up and take him to
He enjoyed warm sunny days where he sat in his swing listening
to the birds sing and enjoying nature. Many times he said he
felt closer to God out in his swing in the beauty and
peacefulness of the country.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Ella
Those left to cherish his memory are one son, Tommy Mitchell Jr.
(Robin) of Stuttgart; one daughter, Shelley Carrigan (Fred) of
Carlisle; one brother, Troy Mitchell (Dean) of Stuttgart; his
grandchildren, Mitchell Nordberg (Tiffany) of Carrollton, Ky.,
Clint Nordberg (Bridget) of Almyra, Elaina Sims (Bryce) of
Tollville and Sarah Emfinger (Matthew) of Cabot;
great-grandchildren, Kayden and Hunter of Carrollton, Ky., Eden
and Garner of Tollville, Stella and Vincent of Cabot and Carter
of Almyra; and four very special friends, William and Margie
McPherson, Dotsy Skarda and a longtime family friend and sister,
Sara Caroline Eldridge Mills.
Remember him with smiles and laughter, for that is how he would
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Johnís Lutheran
Church with visitation one hour before the service.
His family requests memorials to J. Shannon Fleming, Ed.D., UAMS
Reynolds Institute on Aging, 4301 E. Markham St., #748, Little
Rock, Ark. 72205, or St. Johnís Lutheran
Church, 205 E. Fifth St., Stuttgart, Ark. 72160.