Willard Mitchell was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Harriman, the son of the late Claude and Annie Lee Mitchell. He departed this life on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Jackson at the age of 89.

Willard served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years and retired in 1972. He had a distinguished service record, receiving many awards and medals, and was twice recipient of the Edward F. Ney Award.

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