Stanton Earl Mitchell, 67, died Jan. 24.
He was born Aug. 17, 1944 to the late L.E. and June Dodd Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Hawkins Mitchell, daughters Courtney Mitchell of Kingsport, Alexandria “Ali” Bradley and husband Patrick of Temple, Texas; and stepdaughter, Becky White and husband Matt of Cookeville. He is also survived by his brothers, Wayne and sister-in-law Jan Mitchell of Sparta; Steve Mitchell of Knoxville; five grandchildren, Isaac, Isabella, Elijah, June and Logan, and special Aunt, Bonnie Greene.
He was raised by his loving parents, Mitch and June Mitchell, in the Bear Cove community of White County.
He was born in Detroit, Mich., but spent his childhood and teenage years in Sparta where he became one of the “favorite sons” as the community enjoyed watching him excel on the football field. Not only did he represent White County as a mighty Warrior, he also played football for the University of Tennessee from 1962 through 1965. After a great career as a Tennessee Vol, he was drafted into the NFL and played for the Miami Dolphins for five years. When his football playing days were cut short due to a knee injury, his career path took him from Eastern Airlines, to Warren County to coach football, and eventually to entrepreneurship where he enjoyed many business endeavors.
He was a faithful member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church and took many opportunities to serve alongside his daughters on mission trips to the Appalachian Mountains. He loved God, adored his family, and enjoyed life to the fullest.
A memorial service was held Thursday at First Baptist Church of Sparta with family receiving friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hickory Valley Baptist Church Youth Fund c/o Hunter Funeral Home P.O. Box 90, Sparta, TN 38583 Condolences may be expressed to the Mitchell family at www.hunterfuneralhome.net.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Jan. 27, 2012