William Clay Mitchell, Sr., 94, of Monticello passed away on May 5, 2016 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
He was a retired bank executive, cattle farmer, United States World War II veteran, member and elder of Monticello First Presbyterian Church and served in numerous organizations and committees. He owned Clay’s Grocery from 1946-1968, was a previous CEO of First State Savings and Loan, a public relations officer for Commercial Bank and was a previous vice-president of Union Bank and Trust.
Mr. Mitchell was born on August 12, 1921 in the Plantersville community (Drew County) and was the son of the late N.M. and Lois Akin Mitchell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Faye McDaniel Mitchell, and an infant brother.
Survivors include two sons, William Clay Mitchell, Jr. (Billy) and wife Rhonda of Monticello and John Milton (Rusty) Mitchell and wife Karla of Monticello; four grandchildren, John Mitchell (Dee) of Madison, Mississippi, Joanna Rayner (Chris) of Madison, Mississippi, Thad Mitchell (Nikki) of Monticello and Ryan McRae (Liz) of Monticello; eight-great grandchildren, John Mackey and Colton Mitchell, Guy, Christian and Brooke Rayner, Emma and Caroline McRae, and Jonathan Card.
A funeral service will be held on May 9 at 3 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery with Revs. Ryan McRae and Rick Carpenter officiating. A eulogy will be presented by John Clay Mitchell. Family visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1248, Monticello, AR 71657 or the charity of the donor’s choice.