Billie Mitchell, Jr. of Columbus, passed away May 16. He was born in Corpus Christi Nov. 9, 1953, to Ollie Jane and Billie Mitchell. He attended high school at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi and received his degree in Marine Biology from Texas Lutheran College. After college, Billie married his college sweetheart, Carol Stolle, and lived for a short time in San Antonio before settling down in Columbus.
He worked for Colorado County Appraisal District, where he retired as the Chief Appraiser in 2018. Billie was hard-working, dedicated to his employees, and enjoyed connecting with the community that he served. He was a loving and supportive father to his two children, Eric and Christie. As much fun as he had watching the two of them grow up, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, dance, and do gymnastics just as much. Billie will be remembered for his generosity, love for cooking, and working in the yard. Above all, he will be remembered for his love for fishing.
Billie was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Jane and Billie Hiram Mitchell; sister Laura Defries; and his mother and father-in-law, Wilbert and Aline Stolle.
Billie is survived by his loving wife, Carol Mitchell; son Eric Mitchell, and wife Kristina; daughter Christie Whittaker and husband, Jonathan. Billie was blessed with six grandchildren: Lily Whittaker, Ethan Mitchell, Emma Mitchell, Eli Mitchell, Kaitlyn Whittaker, and Dylan Whittaker. He is also survived by his niece, Alyssa Roaten; uncle, Patrick Martin, and wife Susan; and brother-in-law, Bill Stolle, and wife Cynthia, and their daughter Cydney.
Funeral service was Friday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, with Pastor Alan Kethan officiating. Visitation was at church Friday, May 21.