ALICE W. MITCHELL

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Alice Witherspoon Mitchell, 90 years old, widow of the Rev. T.W. Mitchell Jr., went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 25, 2018, at the home of her daughter.

Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late C.D. and Essie Witherspoon. She graduated from Edmunds High School in 1945. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker and being a wife of a minister. Her daughters thought she was the greatest mom ever. She loved God and enjoyed serving him in any way she could. During her life, she served on the South Carolina District Nazarene Church Missionary Council (NMI) for 27 years and taught Sunday school classes for about 50 years. Her favorite pastime was being surrounded by her children and all the families and spending time with them.

Survivors include three daughters, Dale M. Mellish of Sumter, Delores M. Parnell (Gene) of Camden and Denise M. Steele (Frankie) of Batesburg; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Tootsie Witherspoon Coward (Mendel); and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Roberta Powell (Dick); three brothers, Sullivan Witherspoon (Margaret), Clyde Witherspoon (Annielee) and Norwood Witherspoon; several nephews; and a niece.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sumter First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Dr. James Thrower, the Rev. Libby Newman, the Rev. Donnie Witherspoon and the Rev. David Snodgrass. Burial will be at Sumter Cemetery.

Grandsons, great-grandsons and great-granddaughters will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be nieces, nephews and cousins.

Honorary guest will be ministers and wives from the Church of the Nazarene.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Sumter First Church of the Nazarene prior to the service and other times at 107 Thomas Drive, Sumter.

Memorials may be made to the D. Moody Gunter Camp and Retreat Center of the Church of the Nazarene, 1420 Nazarene Road, Batesburg, SC 29006 and to Batesburg Church of the Nazarene, 1025 Thaxton Lane, Batesburg, SC 29006.

The family would like to express a very special thanks to Dr. Jan Hossler of Batesburg; Lexington Medical Center; her caregiver, Debbie Brock, from Caring Hands Home Care; and social worker, Kim Creech. We would also like to include in our thanks to Dr. Brunchner, emergency room doctor; eighth floor nurses, Pam and Rebecca, LMC and FOR Life Medical transport (John, Christine and Jessica).

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.