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James Edward Mitchell
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James E. Mitchell, 68 year old Woodward resident, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Janet Fitz officiating. A private family burial will be held.

James Edward Mitchell was born August 20, 1949 in Biloxi, Mississippi to James “Red” Henley and Theresa (Strangi) Mitchell. David Mitchell was his adopted father who raised him with Theresa. His father was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, so the family lived all over the United States when James was young. Jim attended high school in Alaska and graduated from Ben Eielson High School in Alaska. After his graduation, James moved back to Biloxi, Mississippi and attended Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Mississippi.

James was inducted into the United States Army in the early 1970's and served his country for almost nine years. He earned the Army Commendation Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Mechanic Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and received his expert qualification badge in Rifle and hand grenade. After his discharge, James continued working as a Diesel Mechanic. He was united in marriage to Lois F. Martin on December 29, 1984 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They made their home in Woodward. James worked in Fairview, Shattuck, and Woodward.

He attended the Catholic and the River of Life Church. He loved music, especially playing and singing his guitar. He also enjoyed fishing and growing his vegetable garden.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Lois Mitchell of Woodward; two daughters: Jennifer Patterson of Mooreland, Julie Cope and husband Rodney of Seiling; one brother, Keith Mitchell and wife Dana; two sisters, Jennifer Kinnaird, Shelley Hammond and husband Marc; five grandchildren: Timothy Lieswald and wife Brittainy, Jayden Patterson, Keeli Cope, Jassidy Cope, Rayner Cope, and Rylan Cope; three great-grandchildren, Tayten Lieswald, Pacey Lieswald, and Preslynn Lieswald; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Jason Patterson.

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Woodward, OK 73801

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1621 Downs Avenue
Woodward, OK 73801


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