James H. “Jim” Mitchell, 68, of South Roxana, passed away at 8:13 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at his residence with his loving family by his side.
He was born on May 4, 1946, in Alton, the son of the late Henry and Mayme (Hassmann) Mitchell.
He married the former Genia Roberts on Aug. 19, 2006, in Wood River and she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Renee and Hardy Woodward of Rosewood Heights and Kay Squires of South Roxana; one son and daughter-in-law, James and Ashley Mitchell of South Roxana; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Pam and Larry Price of Southern Illinois, and Peggy and Terry Edwards of Southern Illinois; five grandchildren, Jennie Woodward, Sammie Squires, Savannah Squires, Cohen Mitchell and Brayden Mitchell; five stepgrandchildren, Eric Price, Josh Price, Tyler Price, Cheyenne Edwards and David Edwards; a sister-in-law, Ellen Mitchell of Farina, Ill.; a niece, Stephanie Mitchell of Farina, Ill.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stoney and Alberta Stonecipher of Bethalto; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Jim was formerly employed at St. Louis Auto Auction as a manager in the mechanic shop. He enjoyed dirt track racing, fishing and camping. Jim was member of the First General Baptist Church in Wood River, where he served as a deacon. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He loved his family and dearly loved his best friends, Larry and Anita Smith, and their family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, John.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at the funeral home. The Rev. T.L. Montgomery will officiate. Burial will follow at Bethalto United Methodist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family or to the First General Baptist Church in Wood River and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.