Howard Leon Mitchell Sr., 79, of Smoke Rise, GA, passed on April 7, 2012. Born in Macon, GA in 1932, he is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Marilyn Williams Mitchell also a Macon native. Additionally he leaves behind children Lea Ann English of Atlanta; Howard Jr., his wife Connie & daughters Jordan and Ashton of Seattle, WA; and son Philip, his wife Erin & daughter Claudia of Kennesaw, GA. Howard served as a mechanic and crew chief in the Air Force during the Korean War, where he received honors for his work on Operation Handclasp II among other accomplishments. Howard attended Lanier High School and was a charter member of the "Corner Gang" in Macon. Howard was a proud graduate of Georgia Tech M.E. '60. He enjoyed a long engineering career at American Can Co. where he traveled the world and patented several inventions. In retirement, Howard returned to his passion of classic American muscle cars. He restored numerous '60s vintage Mustangs and Corvettes. Howard was also an avid computer buff. Services will be held at Wages Funeral Home in Stone Mountain Village on April 10th at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vista Care Hospice, 1364 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322, 404-712-3530, or the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, 1-800-482-5867.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
    Memories are the legacy of love.

  2. Dear Marilyn and Family,
    We are so saddened by the passing of Howard. He was a dear friend for 60 plus years. He will be missed by us and everyone who knew him. You have our love and sympathy.

  3. Dear Marilyn,
    My love and prayers are with you and your family during this time of deep sorrow. Howard was very special to me when we were growing up, thought of him as an older brother.
    Have faith that prayers will provide you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    All my love,
    Sondra

  4. I am sad to hear this about Howard he was a very good friend . Our prayers go out to leann and all her family. Danny and Joan Cohran

  5. Dear Marilyn and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I know the pain at this time is so very heartfelt, be strong and know that love from family and friends are with you and yours. Our greatest sympathies are sent with prayer and love.

    Tracy Butler Guerrero and familySondra Butler’s daughter

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