Hall Reid Mitchell, 86, native of Hiddenite, long time resident of Stockbridge, Georgia, passed away on February 25, 2017.
He was born December 28, 1930, in Alexander County, the son of Maurice Reid Mitchell and Mary Ann Wiles.
He graduated from Hiddenite High School in 1950, and later that year, after the start of the Korean War, he volunteered and joined the Air Force. This was a faithful turn of events as Hall, an auto mechanic, was told there was not a need for auto mechanics, but there was a need for aircraft mechanics instead.
Following his discharge in 1954, he worked for a time at Lockheed and then attended Embry Riddle School of Aviation and, in 1959, graduated with a degree as an Airframe and Powerplant Technician.
Hall joined Delta Air Lines shortly afterwards, and worked there until his retirement as a Lead Mechanic in 1988.
He married Rosa Lee Johnson of Taylorsville, daughter of William David Johnson and Pearl Stine. In 1959, they migrated to the Atlanta area and, in 1966, settled in Stockbridge, Georgia. They enjoyed 56 years of marriage that included a life of travel, raising a family, great conversation, shared interests, and a successful partnership in various business ventures until her passing in 2012.
Hall had an interest in most anything mechanical and could fix or build anything. A tremendous gift he passed on to his sons, along with a love of aviation as both sons followed him into the airline industry with 96 years and counting of combined experience.
Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, David Mitchell and wife Lisa of Locust Grove, Georgia, and Tim Mitchell and wife Deborah of Sandy Springs, Georgia; three granddaughters, Stephanie and husband Brandon of Virginia, Jenna and husband Seth of North Carolina, and Anna; and two great-grandchildren, Cole and Caleigh.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at Mt. Herman Baptist Church, at 3280 US 64, Taylorsville. Rev. Paul Schronce will officiate. Family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: the Delta Flight Museum at 1060 Delta Boulevard, Building B, Department 914, Atlanta, GA 30354-1989 or at DeltaMuseum.org.
Arrangements are being handled by Adams Funeral Home, Taylorsville.