Tom Herron Mitchell, M.D.

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016

VICKSBURG — Tom Herron Mitchell, M.D., died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at home. He was 92.

Dr. Mitchell was the third son of four sons of Dr. Charles B. Mitchell and Johnnie Mae Harper Mitchell, was born Sept. 11, 1924, in West Point, Miss., and grew up in Starkville.

He graduated from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of the band, and from medical schools at the University of Mississippi and Tulane University. He first practiced at Street Clinic in Vicksburg before service in the Navy at Parris Island, S.C., during the Korean Conflict. After his military years, he returned to Street Clinic.

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During his career, he was a member and president of West Mississippi Medical Society, an adjunct instructor for University Medical Center, education director for the Mercy Hospital-Street Memorial School of Nursing and a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, which honored him as Family Practice Physician of the Year. In 1968, he also served as a volunteer physician in a civilian hospital in Vietnam. After retirement from Street Clinic, he worked at the Good Shepherd Medical Clinic, which provided no-cost medical services to the poor and was named one of then-President George Bush’s 1,000 Points of Light.

For more Sundays than not since 1950, Dr. Mitchell attended First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg, where he was a member, elder, Sunday school superintendent and teacher of the Men’s Bible Class.

Other than work and worship, his interests included his family, traveling, reading, gardening, conversation, music and boating. He worked in several additional community capacities, including the advisory council of the Warren County and Vicksburg Historical Society.

Dr. Mitchell was first married to Ann Gibson Mitchell of Canton, who died in 1976. They were the parents of two daughters, Emily Mitchell Sutphin (John) of Leawood, Kan., and Kathleen Mitchell Haskins (Jerry) of Vicksburg; and two sons, Charles Dennis Mitchell (Nancy) of Oxford and John Herron Mitchell (Rita) of Jackson.

In addition to his children, Dr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Agnes Herlong Prosser Mitchell, and her son Dr. H. Sidney Prosser (Jennifer) of Starkville.

He was predeceased by his three brothers, Dr. Charles B. Mitchell of Meridian, Milton Harper Mitchell of Jackson and Dr. George Mitchell of Winter Park, Fla.; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Waites of Vicksburg; a grandson, Rhett Mitchell Sutphin of Chicago; and a stepdaughter, Barbara Ann Prosser Forest of Vicksburg.

He and Agnes cherished all their grandchildren, including the 11 who survive them, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Family members will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Ward Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg. A service of Christian witness will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev Tim Brown, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Grant Sutphin.  Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Those who wish to show appreciation for Dr. Mitchell’s life are invited to perform an unexpected act of kindness toward someone else. Memorials may also be made to a charity of choice.