William Robert Mitchell

Friday, April 1, 2016

William Robert Mitchell, age 70, formerly of Lewisburg, died April 1, 2016 in Olympia Fields, Illinios.

He was the son of former Councilman Willie J. Mitchell and the late Evelyn Wakefield Mitchell. William Robert was a graduate of Jones Training School Class of 1963 and Grambling State University. He played football for the legendary coach Eddie Robinson and was among the first to be drafted to the NFL with the Washington Redskins. Later he became an executive with the Ford Motor Company.

He was preceded in death by his sister Veronica Mitchell Childress. William Robert is survived by three daughters, Rachelle Mitchell, Portia Jones and Mica Coleman all of Illinois; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his father Willie J. Mitchell and a sister, Jerrie Henry along with

other family and friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 9 with interment in Beechwood Cemetery.

Anderson Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.