Gerald W. (Chuck) Mitchell, 76, of Pine Bluff, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. Chuck was born in Van Buren, Ark. March 31, 1937 to Carl and Doris Mitchell, who preceded him in death. He was reared and educated at Van Buren High School, graduating in 1957. He joined the military and spent a short active-duty career, followed by an 8-year reserve duty span. Mr. Mitchell retired from the Pine Bluff Arsenal in 1993 where he spent a long career. He enjoyed a lengthy retirement playing golf, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren, who were the joy of his life. He is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Janette Kay Dennis Mitchell, whom he married July 3, 1958 in Fort Smith, Ark. Other survivors include three children and their spouses: Robin Mosely (Cecil), Denise Colson, and Gerald Mitchell, Jr. (Marla). Chuck was known as “Papoo” to his grandchildren, which include Tommy Mosely (Amanda), Mitchell Mosely, Ashley Cole (Ryan), Hunter Colson, and Landen Colson. Additionally, he is survived by a sister Nell Feldman (Marty) of San Jose, Calif.; two brothers Mike Mitchell (Polly) of Tucson, Ariz., Ronald “Butch” Mitchell (Dana) of Van Buren, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
Chuck was beloved and after a long battle including a months-long hospital stay last year, the nurses, doctors, and other staff at Baptist became very attached to him and also began to address him as “Papoo”. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the quality of care that he received. Words cannot express the comfort and love shown to our family during this difficult time.
Visitation will be held at Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren, Ark. Friday, February 21, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. Graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Condolences can be made to Baptist Health Medical Center Heart Transplant and VAD Institute 9500 Kanis Road Suite 410 Little Rock, Ark. 72205
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com