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Gilbert T. Mitchell  

Gilbert T. Mitchell

June 23, 1933 –¬†March 18, 2015

Gilbert T. Mitchell, age 81, of Smyrna, DE and formerly of Bear, DE, peacefully went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Born in Roanoke, VA on June 23, 1933, Mr. Mitchell was a son of the late Bernice T. Mitchell and Mary (Robertson) Mitchell. A graduate of Waynesboro, (VA) High School, he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. Mr. Mitchell made his career at the Wilmington Shops of the DuPont Machining and Fabrication Center and retired after 36 years of dedicated service.

He was a member of Ogletown Baptist Church and a member of Eureka-DuPont Lodge No. 23-29 A.F. & A.M. in Wilmington. In his leisure time, Mr. Mitchell enjoyed golfing, fishing and boating with family and friends. He was a wonderful, kind, loving man who was deeply devoted to his family.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his sisters, Christine Erhart, Betty Jo Napolski and Nancy Stanley. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Janet Speck Mitchell; daughters, LaDonna M. Talley (Kent) of Lewes and Sharon M. Rendle of Bear; brother, Ronald S. Mitchell of AZ; grandchildren, Jennifer Franks (Brandon), Amy Emerson (Stuart), Lindsay Evans (Danny Sawyer) and Scott Talley (Leigh); and 9 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday morning, March 23, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

The family offers a special thank you to nurses Tiffanie, Ashley and April for the exceptional care given to Mr. Mitchell during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Second Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. Patti, March 18, 2015

    Love and Hugs Aunt Janet, LaDonna, Sharon
    Kent, Scott, Amy, Lindsay, Jenn…Ron Always in our hearts, thoughts… Love Patti

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  2. Mitchell Willis, March 18, 2015

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. He will be missed by all that came to know him. I remember as a child, being at Emily P Hospital for months at a time and Uncle Gil would come out to visit me and bring the girls and we would go outside to play some catch or hit the ball.I also enjoyed when we went out to the house in Claymont and he always had a project going on and we Would get to help.I have missed when a nice day came up and I would take my motorcycle out for a short ride and ALWAYS started out by stopping by the house in Carvel Farms.Just to find uncle Gil either working hard in that beautiful yard or hitting golf balls in the garage. He is a great great mentor to me and love him undiscriably…..will miss him and think of him Forever. Rest in Peace.

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  3. Roger W. Stanley, March 19, 2015

    Gilbert was a good man. What I remember most was his loyalty to his Mother, calling her almost each day to check on her welfare.

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  4. Carolyn Henritze, March 19, 2015

    Gilbert was a great guy and we always enjoyed he and Janet’s visits to Roanoke. I agree with Roger about his dedication to Aunt Mary and to his entire family. I am sorry we cannot attend the funeral but will be there in spirit. Love to all

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  5. Heather Willis Huber, March 19, 2015

    My deepest condolences to the Mitchell family. I will always remember his beautiful blue eyes that sparkled every time he smiled. He was such a kind and sweet man. Although, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time with him over the years, the memories I do have are all happy ones. Please know that Aunt Janet, LaDonna and Sharon are in my thoughts and prayers, as always. RIP Uncle Gil.

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  6. Mary Webb, March 19, 2015

    I remember Gilbert as a kind, caring, and compassionate man who always put family first. Although I hadn’t seen Gilbert in years, I will forever remember his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. Condolences to Janet, LaDonna, Sharon and the rest of the family.

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  7. Rick Napolski, March 19, 2015

    Uncle Gil was an incredible person. I enjoyed talking with him and hearing his stories. I’ve lost touch with most of my family over the years but they’re always in my thoughts. I think of my Uncle Gil whenever I work in the yard, he taught me how to plant and transplant trees and plants of all types. I’ve planted many trees, bushes and plants throughout the years and I thank him for the knowledge he imparted to me (most of my attempts were successful). He will be missed but will always be with me and I’m thankful for that privilege and honor.

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  8. Annie Henderson, March 20, 2015

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time…
    I’ll always remember the kind hearted nature of “Pop pop Mitchell”… So calm and sweet spirited… Those beautiful blues will be watching down on all of you while on this Earth til you meet again..
    May the Holy Spirit fill you with love knowing Pop pop is safe and sound and at home with our Creator, Jesus.
    All our love and deepest sympathy,
    Annie Santo-Henderson

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  9. Sharon Rendle, March 22, 2015

    Remembering my precious Dad and knowing his memories and love will live in my heart forever by the grace of God. Special thanks to our family and friends for their continued prayers, love and support.

    Gilbert Mitchell was Amazing!

    * A is for A son of God born to Bernice and Mary Mitchell on June 23, 1933 in Roanoke, VA.
    * M is for Man on a mission as he pursued and married Janet Speck on Nov 21, 1956, his wife of 58 years.
    * A is for Adoring and loving Father to LaDonna born Jan. 1958 and a year later Sharon Jan. 1959.
    * Z is for Zest for male bonding with his son-in-law and friend Kent Talley.
    * I is for Incredible PopPop to Jennifer& Brandon, Amy & Stuart, Lindsay& Danny, and Scott& Leigh.
    * N is for Notorious great PopPop to Tyler, Christian, Ashton, Kaylee, Jacob, Gavin, Nathan, Luke and Ellianna.
    * G is for Great man of God to his family and love ones, now in the presence of Jesus on 3/18/15.

    1Cor. 13:13….but the greatest of these is love!

    Lots of love and gratitude, Sharon

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  10. Bob Rice, March 23, 2015

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Gil was a good friend of mine from our years working together at DuPont’s EDL. I won’t be able to attend the services but my thoughts are with you.

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