William “Bill” Mitchell III

Published 2:02 pm Friday, August 26, 2022

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William M. Mitchell III, “Bill,” a resident of Central, passed away on Aug. 22, 2022, at the age of 76.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and later moved with his family to Bogalusa. Bill graduated Bogalusa High School in 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating. He was an assistant crew chief on the Hercules C130-E. He worked for Ashland Chemical until retiring then post retirement worked part-time at Gerry Lane Chevrolet. Bill volunteered with Boy Scout Troop 13 and Pack 13 and was one of the founding adult members of Explorer Post 13 with the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Bess Seal Mitchell; children, Rebecca Mitchell LeDuff (Roderick) of Central City, Allison Mitchell Martin (Timothy) of Amite, and Andrew William Mitchell (Destinie) of Denham Springs; sisters, Margaret Hill (Jimmie) of Bogalusa, and Sarah Richardson (Keith) of Angie; brother-in-law, Glenn Richmond of Tylertown, Miss.; and grandchildren, Sarah Lucille LeDuff, Joseph Alexander LeDuff, Logan Wayne Hand, Sebastian Paul Martin and Chrysler Madylyne Mitchell. He is also survived by his longtime faithful friend and fellow USAF serviceman, Charles Willard of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Martin Mitchell Jr. and Sarah May Fairchild Mitchell; and two sisters, May Ann Easterling and Nancy Ellen Richmond.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. in Baton Rouge, on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. and interment will follow at Seal Cemetery in Angie.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a memorial donation to First UMC Baton Rouge, or a charity of your choice. Church Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.