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Our Staff


 In loving memory of our Founder George D. Mitchell, Jr.
Alpha: March 9, 1940 - August 28, 2015

 


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

 
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George D. Mitchell, Jr. (deceased)

George D. Mitchell, Jr. (deceased)

Founder

Alpha: March 9, 1940
Omega: August 28, 2015

Mr. George D. Mitchell, Jr., 75, Founder of Mitchell Funeral Home of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. His journey of life began in Prichard, Alabama, a small suburb of Mobile, on March 9, 1940, when he was born to Rev. George D. Mitchell, Sr. and Ms. Elsie Franklin Mitchell of Mobile, Alabama. 

He was a graduate of Mattie T. Blount High School in Prichard, where he excelled as a student and as an athlete, especially in baseball. He was awarded a contract and an opportunity to become a professional baseball player following his high school years, but opted to attend mortuary school in Dallas, Texas.

His stellar 52 year professional career began when he graduated from Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science on February 28, 1963. Mr. Mitchell was licensed in Arkansas, Alabama and Texas; and was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

Mr. Mitchell was a member of Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He served as a Trustee for many years. He was Chairman of the Trustees when the new sanctuary was erected in 1998, the first black elected to the Arkadelphia School Board, and the First Black Coroner. He loved the Lord and served him faithfully until his death. He loved his family unconditionally. He paved the way for numerous of funeral homes and professionals in the entire state of Arkansas for over 50 plus years. He slept peacefully into eternity on Friday, August 28, 2015. He lived a rich and full life that has left indelible impressions in the memory of the many lives that he touched. 


Jodie Mitchell

Jodie Mitchell

Co-Owner

Jodie Mitchell is the wife of the late Founder of Mitchell Funeral Home, George D. Mitchell, Jr. She is co-owner alongside her daughter and granddaughter as well as secretary/treasurer.  She likes to say, her husband was the business and she was the heart of the funeral home; her passion being an undeniable people person. So, generous, loving, friendly and kind to all she meets and never meets a stranger. She is a native of Alabama where she graduated from Cosmetology school. She faithfully stood by her husband’s side, following him to Arkansas after mortician school where she raised their family and joined alongside him in the business contributing her cosmetology, customer and secretarial skills. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, and numerous of friends. She loves to cook and fish in her spare time as well. She is a member of Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist church of Arkadelphia and every now and again you can catch her singing a solo in church for her pastor.  She truly has Mitchell Funeral Home at heart.


Georgina B. Wright

Georgina B. Wright

President, CEO/Managing Licensed Director

Georgina B. Wright is the President, CEO/Managing Licensed Director of Mitchell Funeral Home.  She is a native of Arkadelphia, AR where she is a 2006 graduate of Arkadelphia High School. She also is a graduate of University of Arkansas at Hope. Georgina is very passionate about Mitchell Funeral Home and the funeral industry in its entirety. Being born and raised into a family that has served the industry with passion faithfully for numerous of years, she prides herself on attention to details, personalization, and genuine compassion and dedication for all families who have experienced grief. She serves as Youth and Choir director at her church, First Baptist of Sparkman, AR. She comes from a musically inclined family with talents to sing, play multiple instruments, and write. Her family is her heart and music is her soul. When her Grandfather passed in 2015, she became a Co-Owner of Mitchell Funeral Home.  She cherishes everything instilled in her by her late Grandfather and prides herself on her values on education and her willingness to continue learning, sharing, helping others, and making a difference.

Email: georgina.battle88@gmail.com


Rev. Louis A. Craig

Rev. Louis A. Craig

Chaplin/Veteran Specialist

Louis Craig is Pastor of First Baptist Church in Sparkman, AR where he was born, raised, and educated. He serves the Lord with an undeniable passion for Christ and preaching the gospel. He is a Veteran of the United States Military and a retired employee of Henderson State University of Arkadelphia, AR.  He currently serves Mitchell Funeral Home as a dedicated Chaplin, veteran specialist and a funeral attendant. He surely has Mitchell Funeral Home at heart. He also assists Clark County’s Veteran Affairs where he enjoys helping other veterans. When he’s not working, he enjoys studying the word, sports, fishing and mingling with other ministers.


Lee D. Gill

Lee D. Gill

Funeral Attendant

Lee Gill is a graduate of A.M.N. College (presently- UAPB). Being a native of Hot Springs, AR, yet currently residing in Arkadelphia; he is a retired crane operator for Reynold’s Metal Company and currently serves Mitchell Funeral Home as a funeral attendant. He is the proud and faithful Deacon and Trustee of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, AR. Lee Gill is very family oriented. He is married to Wilma Hudson Gill and they have two children, Patrick and Michelle. In his free time he loves watching old westerns on television and facetiming with his grandsons, Matthew and Jeremy. He also takes pride in visiting the sick and doing whatever he can to help someone in a time of need. 


Randy L. Reed

Randy L. Reed

Senior Lead Embalmer



Reginald Patton

Reginald Patton

Licensed Embalmer

Reginald Patton of Arkadelphia, AR was born and raised in Crossett; AR. Reginald graduated from Crossett Senior High School in 1999. He later graduated from University of Arkansas of Hope-Texarkana with an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service, Funeral Directing Certificate of Proficiency, and Funeral Directing Technical Certificate and became a licensed embalmer. He is a part time substitute teacher for Clark County and the surrounding areas. He serves Mitchell Funeral Home as one of our Licensed Embalmers and soon to be a licensed funeral director. He is a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Crossett; AR. Reginald has had a passion for the profession since the age of ten and is very sincere in taking care of the families and their loved ones.


Jackie Mitchell Craig

Jackie Mitchell Craig

Co-Owner/Vice President

Jackie Mitchell Craig was born and bred into the funeral industry with her parents paving the way for excellence. She is the Vice President and Co-Owner of Mitchell Funeral Home and has served unselfishly for numerous of years alongside her family. She excels in professionalism, and shows the utmost dedication to being the best she can be in assisting each family she serves. She is an Arkadelphia High

School graduate and has also gained education from the University of Fayetteville and Henderson State University. She also has a passion for Children and shows her concern for their education by owning and operating Happyland Childcare Center for numerous of years. She gets such joy in watching the children she helped raise and teach become successful and bright young men and ladies. She is a member and First Lady of First Baptist Church in Sparkman, AR where she enjoys supporting her husband, church members and most of all, serving and worshipping the Lord. 


Lynn Morgan

Lynn Morgan

Head of the George D. Mitchell, Jr. Elite Guard/Funeral Attendant

Born in Hope, AR yet raised in Texarkana, AR, Lynn Morgan is Head of the George D. Mitchell, Jr. Elite Guard and also a loyal funeral attendant for Mitchell Funeral Home. He graduated from Arkansas High School and currently is still pursuing a music education degree at Henderson State University. Lynn enjoys worshiping in the church through music. He attends Union Baptist Church in Hot Springs, AR where he is the music director and musician. He has been a special education paraprofessional and a hiring shift manager for McDonald's for numerous years. He is a former member of Kappa Kappa Psi inc Theta Phi Chapter. Lynn enjoys fishing working out jujitsu style, spending time with family and traveling and performing with other great musicians. Music and Mentoring younger students in every way are his passions.


Michael L. Evans III

Michael L. Evans III

Junior Funeral Attendant

Michael L. Evans III is a native of Arkadelphia, AR. He is the youngest member of the Mitchell Funeral Home staff but is still brilliant in all the things he does. He shines for Mitchell Funeral Home in the public relations department and as a junior funeral attendant. He  currently is a senior of Arkadelphia High School where he is Senior Class President [Student Council], Debate Team Captain and Founder, Chairman of the Clark County Project Prevention Youth Coalition, Trombone Section Leader in the Arkadelphia Badger marching band and he’s also a campaign volunteer coordinator. During his free time he enjoys, tennis, writing and public speaking. Michael is also very family oriented and a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Sparkman, AR. His greatest accomplishment so far is when he assisted in the passing of a piece of Arkansas Legislation. 


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