Thomas A. Mitchell

August 23, 1928 ‒ January 12, 2017

Delaware, Ohio


Thomas (Tom) Albert Mitchell, 88, of Delaware, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the loving care of his children and grandchildren at his winter home in Cape Coral, Florida. He was born on August 23, 1928 in Delaware to the late Thomas L. and Mildred Mitchell.

A life-time resident of Delaware, Thomas graduated from Willis High School in 1947. He and his high school sweetheart, Eudora Louise Cole were married on June 29, 1949. Shortly, thereafter, he founded T.A. Mitchell Custom Homes and built numerous houses in communities throughout Delaware County. Later, he established T.A. Mitchell Rentals working alongside his wife and, subsequently, some of his children. At the age of 34, Thomas received his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying single-engine planes until his late 60’s. Having played football in high school, he was a fan of college football, particularly the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also loved sports cars and enjoyed reading suspense novels and historical fiction.

He was a devoted husband and father and loved his family and friends. He is survived by his beloved and dedicated wife, Eudora Louise (Cole) and seven children: Teresa (Otis) Rodgers of Willis, MI; Diana (Thearthur) Little of Pembroke Pines, FL; Janice (Jackie) Fort of Ashley; Eudora Faye Mitchell of Delaware; Yvonne Mitchell of Columbus, Thomas (Valerie) Mitchell, IV of Ostrander; Steven (Francine) Mitchell of Mt. Pleasant, SC; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, brother Donald (Thelma) Mitchell of Delaware; sister Doris (Bill) Fowler of Dayton; sisters Shirley Walker and Judith R. Mitchell, both of Delaware and many other relatives and friends. Thomas was preceded in death by brothers Virgil (Snobia) and Robert Mitchell and sister Linda (Sandy) Crockwell.

A memorial service celebrating Thomas’ life will be held on Friday, January 27 at 12 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church, 3744 St. Rt. 37 West, Delaware, Ohio 43015 . Friends may call from 11a.m. – until the start of the service. Pastor Michael Curtis of the Second Baptist Church (Delaware) and grandson, Pastor Cary Rodgers, Pathway to Peace Ministries, Peachland, NC will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice Cape Coral, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or at

The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Mitchell family.

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  • God rest you Tom. You were a good man and friend to my wife and I. We loved the home you built for us.
    Rest In Peace Tom, we will miss you.
    Charles and Judy Earls.

  • Eudora- may you and your family be in peace. tom was a grear guy and he gave alot of him self to this town! May loving memories stay with you and comfort you.


  • To the Mitchell Family we were so sorry here about the loss of your father. Tommy was a very good man and it was a very big part of our family many years ago so I hope that Tom will rest in peace in the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ

  • Eudora and the Mitchell Family.. We were indeed sorrowed by the loss of Tom.. My wife and I were proud to call him our friend. Yes he will be missed by all..
    May God bless and be with the family..

  • We send our condolences to Tom’s wife and family we knew him for quite a few years and he was a man of great integrity and a kind soul we will miss his smile and his good heart who always made you feel like a friend God be with his family .

  • To Eudora and all the Mitchell family:

    My beloved cousin, Tom Mitchell, was a good man. Tom was both strong and humble. He was kind gentle and steady. Tom exhibited a mild temperament. He could always be trusted and he loved all of us. He gave me my first job at 17, right out of high school, helping him, Bud Craig and Herbie Cole lay cinder block in and around Delaware.

    He was the family patriarch. When I visited Delaware last year he reminded me that I was a Heathcock. He took the time to drive Eudora, Shirley Walker and me to visit his sister Doris and her husband, Bill Fowler in Dayton Ohio and treat us all to dinner.

    I was blessed while in Ohio to spend several hours with Tom and Eudora. They were beautiful together.

    I love each and every one of you and I will miss Tom sorely. I can only hope and pray that his strength, love and generous kind spirit remains among and in all of us until we each depart. The world is just a little better for his pilgrimage among all of us.

    In recent years we talked regularly by telephone. He shared family history with me. I will miss him greatly.

    May God bless your sweet soul Thomas Albert Mitchell. You were among the best. Rest in peace.

    Your loving cousin,

    Jack Leon Brodnax Jr. and wife, Shirley

  • I’m so sorry for your loss of this great man. You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort during your time of need.