Ray Lee Mitchell

Ray Lee Mitchell, age 94 of Floyd, passed away on Friday, September 27, with his family by his side.

He is survived by his son & wife: Robert (Bob) & Linda; 2 granddaughters and husbands: Teresa & Kevin Sweeney; Sherry & Randy Quesenberry. Great Grandchildren: Christopher Wayne Sweeney; Ryan Mitchell Baker & fiancé, Kelly Akers; Mitchell Lee Quesenberry, and Laken Rae Quesenberry. Sister: Maynis (Mitch) Howlett. Nieces & husbands: Sandra & Dennis Johnson; Suzi & David Rogers. Nephew & wife: John & Barbara Howlett.

He is also survived by several other extended family members, his church family, and special friends: all the guys at Alum Ridge Auto Repair; and Buddy, Mark, Frank, Eddie, and Deryle; along with many others. He was grateful for Sue & Jeff Wheeler, dear friends, who delivered his paper to his door every morning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra & Sadie Mitchell; 2 sisters & 3 brothers-in-law: Mabel & Zenas Wheeler; Faye & Lowell Altizer; H. B. Howlett. Niece: Joan Howlett Cox.

Ray was a faithful member of Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, serving as trustee, deacon, and various other offices through the years. He loved his church family and considered each one a special part of his life. He was often called the church “grandpa” and was a mentor to many in the church as well as the community.

Being a farmer, horseman, and livestock dealer, he was a hard worker. Many people considered him to be a “horse whisperer” because of his unique way with horses. He was blessed to remain active up to the time of the stroke on September 25th—even able to mow and rake hay the previous day.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at New River Valley Medical Center for all the tender loving care they provided for him and the entire family. We’re also grateful to Dr. Marshall, Mary, and the staff at Floyd County Clinic for their love and care over the years. Thank you to all who have been so good to him.

Funeral service will be held at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren (3883 Alum Ridge Road) on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Roy Turpin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the church.

The life of Ray Mitchell was a testimony of love, wisdom, patience, character, discipline, and obedience to God. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15.

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