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Royce J. Mitchell

March 19, 1924 - Unknown

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The Reverend Royce J. Mitchell, a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. He was the son of Mrs. Agnes Mitchell Davis, and the late Flem G. Mitchell, Sr. Father Mitchell was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and spent his early life in North Georgia. During World War II, he joined the United States Navy and served two years of sea duty as a signalman in the North Atlantic with the Naval Armed Guard and with Commander of Carrier Division Four Flag Staff. After the war, he returned to...

The Reverend Royce J. Mitchell, a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. He was the son of Mrs. Agnes Mitchell Davis, and the late Flem G. Mitchell, Sr. Father Mitchell was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and spent his early life in North Georgia. During World War II, he joined the United States Navy and served two years of sea duty as a signalman in the North Atlantic with the Naval Armed Guard and with Commander of Carrier Division Four Flag Staff. After the war, he returned to Georgia and entered the University of Georgia, Where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. At the University, he was elected to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee and received a Master of Science degree. Father Mitchell worked for twenty-five years in Atlanta, and called Atlanta his home, where his family resides. He worked as an analyst at Southern Motor Carriers Rate Conference and as the Secretary and Tariff Publishing Officer for the Perishable Tariff Bureau. He was a part-time instructor in economics and transportation at the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia. A convert to Catholicism, he studied for the priesthood at Note Dame Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in May, 1974. He returned to his home parish of Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta for ordination, where he was ordained by Archbishop Hannan on March 30, 1974. As a priest he served as an associate pastor at St. Monica, St. Leo the Great, St. Agnes and St. Louis King of France parishes. While stationed at St. Agnes, he served as administrator of the parish upon the death of Monsignor Brue. Father served as a co-pastor of St. Lawrence the Martyr and St. Louis King of France parishes and as pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church. He was assigned as the Director of Administration at Notre Dame Seminary for two years. He served on the Seminary Finance Committee and the St. John the Vianney Evaluation Committee in 1984. Father Mitchell served as chaplain to the residents of the Chateau de Notre Dame apartments and nursing home. Also, he served for two assignments as the Catholic chaplain at Southern Baptist Hospital. He worked as a volunteer in the HIV and AIDS communities. For his service to people with the HIV virus and AIDS, he was awarded the Randy Gidding's award by the Board of Directors of the New Orleans People with AIDS Coalition in March, 1993. In 1997, he was presented by the NO/AIDS Task Force with "A Partnership for Life" Volunteer Service Award. He considered this award as one of the highlights of his volunteer priestly ministry. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, the Delta Nu Alpha professional transportation fraternity, and a Certified Member of the American Society of Traffic and Transportation. Father Mitchell is preceded in death by his brother, Flem G. Mitchell, Jr. of Stone Mountain, Georgia and sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Barnes of San Mateo, California. Survivors include his sister, Mrs. Katherine Payne of Carrollton, Georgia and numerous nephews and nieces. In lieu of' flowers, donations are requested for the New Orleans People with AIDS Coalition, P.O. Box 2616, New Orleans, LA., 70176, or Project Lazarus, P.O. Box 3616, New Orleans, LA., 70177-3616. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Saint Rita Catholic Church, 2729 Lowerline St, New Orleans, LA 70125, on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:30 am. Visitation begins at 8:30 am until service time.