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Local businessman Ralph Mitchell dies

Ralph J. Mitchell, age 89, was born on September 28, 1927 and passed away on September 11, 2017. He was a native of DeQuincy. Ralph graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1945 and served in the Navy during WWII. He worked for Cities Service until his retirement in 1992. Following his retirement, the plant was purchased by Westlake Polymers. He was brought back out of retirement where he was instrumental in restoring the plant back into working condition, after which they hired him as Production Manager. In 1993, he received his Realtor’s license, selling real estate in the area for many years.

Ralph was among a group of young men who organized DeQuincy Little League and assisted in the building of several baseball fields along with coaching for many years in Little League and the Sheriff’s League baseball program. He was very active in all of the sporting activities of the DeQuincy schools. Ralph was also an avid McNeese Cowboy fan for more than forty years.

He served on the Ward 6 Recreation committee for a number of years and was always willing to serve the City of DeQuincy in any capacity they called on him to serve.

For the past 46 years, Ralph has served on the DeQuincy Housing Authority and recently received a 46 Year Service Award. He has been involved with the DeQuincy Housing Authority since its conception in 1967. During his service, he served as a board member, vice chairman and chairman. He also served as Executive Director from June 1973 – July 1979.

Ralph was a faithful member of the DeQuincy United Methodist Church. There are few offices there in which he has not served. He was a member of the Building Committee when the present sanctuary was built. He has served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, Finance and Board of Trustees as well as President of the United Methodist Men and Treasurer of the Builders Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Albritton Mitchell, son, Ron Mitchell, of Georgetown, Tex., daughters, Jan Reene and husband, Michael of Atlanta, Ga., and Lynne Treme and husband, Tim of DeQuincy, along with nine grandchildren, Jared, Tyler, Garrett, Mitch, Brennon, Seth, Lindsay, Brian and Chris, and seven great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Mittie Brammer and Modeice Young, along with two very special adopted sons, Donnie Blackburn and Bubba Blackburn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marise Mitchell and Louise Barron Mitchell.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 - 8 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 14, from noon until 2 p.m. at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m., Sept. 14, at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church with Interment to follow at Perkins Cemetery, DeQuincy.

Officiating will be Rev. Rolly Walker, Rev. Bubba Blackburn and Pastor James Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the DeQuincy United Methodist Church, 301 E. Center St., DeQuincy.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

(Paid Memorial.)

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