Leon Mitchell, 85, died at the Consulate Nursing Home in Williamsburg on Jan. 9, 2012. He was a native of Roanoke and lived in Salem for 48 years; he moved to Williamsburg in 2006.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Dotty (from Beckley, W. Va.); four daughters and their families: Lisa Long, her husband, David, and their children, Leah and Jim, of Chesapeake; Lori Brown, her husband, Robb, and their triplet daughters, Blakeley, Morgan and Alston, of Williamsburg; Leah Behl, her husband, Tim, and their children, Mitch, Caroline and Zach, of Richmond; and LeAnn Mazzeo, her husband, Frank, and their children, Giovanni, Lorenzo and Gabriella, of Richmond; five nieces, eight nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Nell Janney.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherry; parents Homer and Virgie Mitchell; brothers Robert, Thomas, Curtis, Paul, Claude and Fred Mitchell; and sisters, Lucy Slusher, Ruth Pedigo, and Alma Murray.
He was a graduate of National Business College of Roanoke and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
He worked with Houck Advertising Agency as a vice president of production; served as executive vice president, administration, and director of Stuart McGuire Company and El Presidente of Stuart McGuire, Puerto Rico; was founder and president of Ceres Cosmetics, and worked as the executive director of Moss Rocovich Attorneys. He retired in 1994.
He was president of the Salem Rotary Club and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Calvary Baptist Church of Roanoke as well as a member of the Seekers Sunday School Class and a Sunday school teacher. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
He played shortstop for the renowned Roanoke Scrappers and the 1957-58 fast pitch softball champions, Phillips 66 Oilers. He played softball for more than 30 years and was considered one of the best shortstops in the history of the Roanoke Valley.
Services will be conducted at Calvary Baptist Church in Roanoke on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. Visitors will be received at Oakey’s Funeral Home, 4257 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke, on Friday, Jan. 13, between 2 and 4 p.m. and from 7 until 9 p.m.
Internment will precede the service and will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Calvary Baptist Church, 608 Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016.