Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1937

BILLY S. MITCHELL, 89, of Rockdale, TX died on Dec. 27, 2009. He was born July 8, 1920, in Strawn, TX to Willie Wilson & Sarah Irene (Sarrett) Mitchell. He married Georgie Helen Hill in Jan. of 1943, in Brazos County. Billy was a 1937 graduate of Ranger High School at Ranger, TX & received a bachelorís degree in marketing and finance in 1949 from Texas A&M University. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Mitchell was in private business in Woodville for a while and was a salesman, district sales manager and area production manager for Ralston Purina Co. He served as vice president of Fidelity Services Corp. and First National Bank of Waco. Mr. Mitchell was president of Woodville Chamber and Woodville Community Inn. He served as director for Tyler County Industrial Corp., Woodville Rotary Club, Allen Shivers Memorial Library & Museum, Deep East Texas Development Council, Tyler County Development Corp., the Dogwood Club in Woodville, Tyler County Dogwood Festival and Tyler County Civil Defense. Mr. Mitchell was a board member of Woodville United Methodist Church, an elected member of Woodville City Council, member of the Presidentís Honor Council of Ralston Purina Co., TX, Manufacturers Association (Waco chapter), First United Methodist Church of Waco, Masonic Lodge, Lake Waco Country Club, Ridgewood Country Club of Waco and the City Club of Waco. He was also a major for Waco United Fund, served on the advertising committee of Waco Chamber of Commerce and the steering committee of Quality First Classic (LPGA golf tournament). Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Mitchell, on Sept. 21, 2008. Survivors are a goddaughter, Pattie Ivey of Austin; a brother, James L. Mitchell (RHS-1943) of Broken Arrow, OK; a nephew, Tommy Don Stanfil of Oklahoma City, OK; a niece, Jodie Barker of Graham; and a cousin, W.E. Wetzel of Kerrville; also, a nephew, several nieces & a host of friends.