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235 South Pennsylvania
Mangum, Oklahoma 73554
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Burl Newton Mitchell, age 88, of Mangum, passed away early Monday morning, May 9, 2016, at Grace Living Center, in Mangum.
Mr. Mitchell was born on June 9, 1927, in Reed, Oklahoma, to Earl William and Lucy Maebell (Taylor) Mitchell. During high school, Burl joined the United States Navy where he served his country for two years. Returning from the Navy, he graduated from Vinson High School, in 1947, and continued his education at Southwestern State College, in Weatherford, where he received his bachelor"s degree. On July 12, 1959, he married Joyce Wynell Keasler and they spent the next forty-five wonderful years together before her death on November 29, 2004. Over the next few years, Burl taught and served as a coach and administrator at Olustee, Vinson, Duke, Reed and Southside. After leaving the teaching profession, Burl worked for the Department of Human Services, in Mangum, and at the Reed Coop, for a short time, before beginning to farm and run cattle, which he did until his death. A farmer and cowman at heart, Burl didn"t have many hobbies, but his most cherished times were times spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his stepmom, Ethel LaCross Mitchell and his daughter-in-law, Tammie Mitchell, he is survived by two children, Don Mitchell of Reed and Sheri Mulkey and husband Bob of Mangum; four grandchildren, Brandon Mitchell and wife Kurby of Silverton, Texas, Michael Mitchell of Reed, Rebecca and JoeDon Bruno of Weatherford and Kelly Mulkey of Mangum; two great grandchildren, Austin Mulkey and Baron Mitchell along with a very special adopted family the Leamon's; Tony, Joann, Dustin and Lexi and all his surviving Taylor sisters, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Along with a whole host of other family and friends.
Funeral services for Burl Mitchell will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Vinson Baptist Church with Todd McRay officiating. Interment will follow at the Cave Creek Cemetery under the direction of Greer Funeral Home of Mangum.
Online tributes and memories may be made to the family at www.GreerFuneral.com
Vinson Baptist Church
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