Mitchell Patrick Mielnik, 16, of Old Hickory died June 30 at 5:12 p.m. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a four-week illness.
Mitchell was much loved by all who knew him, unless they happened to play on the opposing hockey team at that moment. He was a quiet but passionate young man who lived a life of determination, integrity and loyalty. He had great love for his family, friends and teammates. Mitchell was proud to be a member of the Hume-Fogg/Page Patri/Knight hockey team. He also played as a defenseman for the Nashville Junior Predators. He grew up playing hockey in the Nashville Youth Hockey League at Centennial Sports-Plex and as a member of the Storm Hockey Club at A-Game in Franklin.
Mitchell was a member of Tulip Grove Baptist Church in Old Hickory where he was baptized as a believer in Christ in November 2009. He played Upward Basketball there as a youngster, was involved in the Awana program and also helped in Vacation Bible School programs. His life verse was Colossians 3:16-17: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Mitchell is survived by his parents, Mike and Tara Mitchell Mielnik, and his younger brother Carson of Old Hickory; grandparents Phillip and Scarlett Stout of McMinnville and Jim Mielnik of Citrus Springs, Fla.; great-grandmother Mertie Clemons of McMinnville; aunts and uncles Jonathan and Amy Stout of Murfreesboro, Ron and Susan Gatlin of Cookeville, and Tammy Mielnik of Tampa, Fla.; cousins Abby and Anna Gatlin, Brenlee, Walker and Mattie Stout; and special family friends the Atkinson family and the Mellons family.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tulip Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Gerald Bontrager officiating. The Hume-Fogg/Page hockey team and members of the Nashville Junior Predators will serve as honorary pallbearers. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Sunday, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made via the GoFundMe page or any Fifth Third Bank in Mitchell’s name or to any charity of your choice.
Hermitage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 3, 2015