Welda Virginia Tillman Mitchell, 87, of Crofton, MD, formerly of
Conyers, GA, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease
on April 7, 2009 at La Casa Alzheimer’s Care Facility in Annapolis
MD. Welda was born in 1921 in Appling County Georgia to Verda and
Robert Tillman. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-
three years, Horace Mitchell, her parents, her sister and her five
brothers. She grew up in Surrency, Georgia where she graduated high
school as valedictorian. She moved to Macon Georgia where she worked
in the munitions factory at Warner Robins Army Air Base making shells
for the soldiers in World War II. After WWII, she worked as a
telephone switchboard operator where she met and married Horace
Mitchell while on the picket line of a telephone workers strike. They
were married December 1948 and remained married until his death in
2002. During their marriage, they lived in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon,
Jacksonville, and the Panama Canal Zone. Welda was a dedicated
homemaker, an expert seamstress, and enjoyed gardening and ceramics.
She loved being a member of the Jacksonville garden club and, in her
later years, became an avid golfer. She and her husband "Mitch" were
long-time members of the Honey Creek Golf & Country Club until his
death in 2002. She will be greatly missed by her family. Her family
would like to thank the staff of the La Casa Alzeimer’s and Dementia
Care Facility who cared for her with love during the last years of her
She is survived by her son, Horace Mitchell Jr, of Crofton MD, and her
two grandchildren, Benjamin Mitchell, of Reno NV, and Sarah Mitchell,
of Crofton MD.
Viewing will be at the Wheeler Funeral Home, Covington GA, from 6 PM
to 8 PM, Friday April 17. Services will be held at the Wheeler
Funeral Home at 2 PM on April 18, followed by interment at Stewart
Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be
sent to the La Casa Foundation for Alzheimer’s Respite Care, 2574
South Haven Road, Annapolis MD 21401.
Friends may sign the on-line registry at www.wheelerfuneralhome.com.