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Wylma Dodd Mitchell

A memorial service for Wylma Dodd Mitchell is Tuesday, Dec. 29,at 2 p.m. at Riverwood Family Funeral Service. Visitation will beheld at 1 p.m. prior to the service. A graveside service will beheld at Riverwood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Mitchell, 95, died December 18, 2009, in Arlington, Texas.She was born in Holmes County on May 26, 1914, to William JeffersonDodd and Inez Greene Dodd.

Her mother’s maternal family was B. B. Wilkes and her father’smaternal family was Bailey, including Dr. T. J. Bailey, the founderand publisher of the Baptist Record. She met her husband in collegewhere he was president of the student body.

Mrs. Mitchell was a loving and caring Christian homemaker whoalways considered others before herself. Since her husband’s death16 years ago, she was the family anchor. She was active in FirstBaptist Church of Brookhaven where she taught Sunday school.

She was also active in school and civic affairs, having servedas president of the PTA, president and charter member of theBrookhaven Peripatetics Club and Worthy Matron of the Brookhavenchapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Early in her life, shewas an accomplished pianist and she passed this love of music on toher family where it endures with each generation.

Mrs. Mitchell lived in Canton from 1935 to 1947 and Brookhavenfrom 1947 to 2002. The past seven years, she lived with her son inArlington.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Hugh T. Mitchell; herparents; her brother; and her sisters-in-law, W. J. Dodd Jr. andBeatrice Gilmore.

Survivors are her two sons, Hugh Mitchell Jr. with his wife,Glenda, of Arlington, and Kenneth Mitchell, of St. Petersburg,Fla.; her grandchildren, Hugh III and his wife, Kimberly, ofAustin, Texas, Luke Mitchell, of Arlington, Heather Mitchell, ofSt. Petersburg, 1st Lt. Stephen Mitchell, of Dyess AFB in Abilene,Texas, and Holly Mitchell of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; her twogreat-grandchildren, Hugh IV and Liberty, both of Austin.