Gary Mitchell

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CLOVIS (BNM) – Gary Mitchell died Oct. 1 at the age of 73. His obituary read, “Like Barnabas, he was an encouragement to those who knew him.” First Baptist Church, Clovis, held his funeral service, Oct. 9.

Mitchell’s parents, W.Y. and Della Mitchell, raised him in Clovis. Mitchell accepted Jesus as his Savior when he was nine. He graduated from Clovis High School (1966) and attended Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, and the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

While at UNT, Mitchell met his wife, Judy. They married in December, 1969, and graduated together in 1970. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

He worked as a continuity writer and director at a Dallas television station before moving back to Clovis (1978) to work as sports editor at the Clovis News Journal. Within the next year, he felt called by God to serve as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Clovis. He and his wife ministered there for 10 years.

From his unique perspective of being a writer and a pastor, he received the inspiration for the “Amos the Churchmouse” poems printed in the Clovis News Journal. He later published two books, “Amos the Churchmouse: A View From Under the Pew” and “Amos the Philosophical Churchmouse: Another View From Under the Pew.”

Mitchell worked 14 years at the CNJ in various writing positions. Then he worked at Wayland Baptist University’s Clovis campus as assistant to the dean and executive director and dean. He retired in 2020. After retiring, he continued teaching online undergraduate and graduate religion classes at WBU.

The Mitchells were longtime members of First Baptist Church, Clovis, where he served as an elder.

Mitchell’s mother, Della, preceded him in death. His survivors include his father, W.Y. Mitchell, Jr.; his wife of 51 years, Judy Mitchell; his daughter, Mara (Jessie) Flores; five grandchildren; his brother, Leon (Angie) Mitchell; nieces, nephews and cousins.

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