LUFKIN – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland celebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Billy D. Mitchell July 1 in St. Andrew Church in Lufkin.
Deacon Mitchell died June 28 in Lufkin. He was 55.
Rev. Mitchell was born Dec. 22, 1961 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Barbara (O’Briant) and Frank Mitchell, but lived in Lufkin most of his life. He was a Registered Nurse and worked for New Century Hospice.
He was ordained to the permanent diaconate on Oct. 13, 2001, by Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He served in St. Patrick Church in Lufkin from 2001-2003, and in Immaculate Conception Church in Moral from 2003 until his death.
He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.
Surviving are his wife, Dianna (Adams) Mitchell of Lufkin; daughter, Kristin Mitchell of Lufkin; son, Justin Mitchell of Lufkin; father, Frank Mitchell of Lufkin; mother, Barbara (O’Briant) Fisher of Hamlin; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary McNiel of Hamlin, Dustina Mitchell, and Kelley and Michael Chissus, all of Lufkin; brothers and sister-in-law, Stephen Mitchell of Hamlin and Jason and Heather Mitchell of Katy; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Interment was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Moral.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the Monastery of the Infant Jesus, 1501 Lotus Lane, Lufkin, Texas 75904.