Tommy Warren “Tom” Mitchell, 74, of Parsons passed away at 12:23 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, at Labette Health.
He was born on April 26, 1946, to Warren Perry and Leola Fern (Jones) Mitchell in Coffeyville. As a young boy, he grew up and attended school in Edna. In 1966, he graduated from Labette County Community High School, where he had played football and baseball and ran track. He then attended Coffeyville Community College.
For 26 years, Tom worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. as a lineman. In 1988, he suffered an injury from a diving accident that caused him to be disabled.
In his younger years, Tom was a member of Altamont Baptist Church. Two of Tom’s favorite things were watching high school sports and supporting Labette County High School. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors. Most Parsonians will remember him as the friendly gentleman sitting at the corner of Central and Main waving at the passersby. Tom had a huge heart, especially for our veterans, and he put special effort into making donations to veteran organizations.
Survivors include a son, Tommy W. “Bo” Mitchell of Norman, Oklahoma; two daughters, Lisa LaFalier and her husband, Rob, of Altamont and Kim Elliott and her husband, Richard, of Edna; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jo Kinzie and her husband, Brian, of Edna; four nephews; and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Paula Martek and Darlene Rutter; one niece, Patricia Mosley; one daughter-in-law, Tara Mitchell; and two sons-in-law, Mike Godfrey and Jimmy Skaggs.
There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to The 506 Foundation Inc. for athletics and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.