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Talmadge Bennett Mitchell
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Obituary for Talmadge Bennett Mitchell

Talmadge Bennett Mitchell, 99, of Martinsville, VA, went home to join his beloved, Jo, and heavenly Father on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Born in Snow Creek, VA, June 19, 1918, he was the son of the late Lawson W. and Bessie Bennett Mitchell. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Harrison Bennett and paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William Lindsey Mitchell. He was married to the former Josephine Poindexter Mitchell for 66 years.

Talmadge was a member of First Baptist Church of Martinsville where he served as a deacon and had been an usher for 57 consecutive years. He was a member of the Elks Club, Woodmen of the World, Forest Park Country Club, served as a Boy Scout Leader for four years, and was an active member of the Exchange Club for forty-seven years.

Entering the United States Army in 1941, Talmadge was attached to the 991st Field Artillery during WWII where he served on the front lines in Normandy, France, Belgium and Germany. He was awarded the European Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, American Theater Service Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star medal. Because of his service in helping liberate France from the Nazis in WWII, the President of France honored him in 2015 by naming him a “Chevalier” and presented him with the French Legion of Honor medal which is the highest award France bestows. The Martinsville City Council declared “Talmadge Mitchell Day” in the city of Martinsville and in May 2015he was made an Honorary Patriot of Patrick Henry Community College. On December 24, 2016, Talmadge was named “Veteran of the Day” by the United States Veterans Administration.

He opened Talmadge Appliances in Martinsville in 1954 and quickly gained the reputation as an honest and respected business man. He served his grateful customers for the next forty-one years when he finally sold his business. Though he did not take up the game of golf until he was sixty-three years old, he quickly became an avid golfer and continued to play the game every day possible, even well into his 90’s. Talmadge even had the distinction of obtaining that elusive “hole-in-one.”

Those left to cherish fond memories are his two sons, Talmadge L. “Tally” Mitchell of Greensboro, NC and Dr. Clifton W. Mitchell and wife, Linda of Johnson City, TN. Also surviving are three step-grandchildren, Steve and Craig Scatiot, and Susan Ornitz; one sister, Lois Hundley of Martinsville, VA; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Cassie Mitchell of Atlanta, GA, Howard and Betty Lou Mitchell of Snow Creek, VA, and Andrew and Sharon Mitchell of Marietta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, preceding him in death were his brother, Glenn Mitchell and sisters, Virginia Hurd, Ina Hundley, and Edith Wingfield.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Martinsville with Rev. John Fulcher officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the church. Interment will be at Roselawn Burial Park with full military honors.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Mitchell family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.


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Visitation

Tuesday

13

Mar

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Martinsville

23 Starling Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112

Funeral

Tuesday

13

Mar

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Martinsville

23 Starling Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112

Cemetery Details

Location

Roselawn Burial Park

103 Clearview Dr.
Martinsville, VA 24112

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