William Skeen Mixon, Jr., fondly known as Bill, passed peacefully from this life into the presence of the Lord Jesus on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the age of 91. Born on July 14, 1928, in Griffin, GA, Bill was the son of William Skeen Mixon, Sr. and Rebecca Pursley Mixon.
Bill lived his entire life in Spalding County, and was a 1945 graduate of Spalding County High School. He was a longtime elder and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church of Griffin, which he and his family attended faithfully. He and his father were founding members of the Spalding County Farm Bureau, where Bill served as president several times. They were also founding members of the Cotton Producers Association (Goldkist) in Griffin. Additionally, Bill had a stint in politics, serving on the County Tax Assessors’ Board as chairman.
A lifetime farmer, Bill loved the outdoors, watching things grow and hunting on the farm. He raised corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, hay, produce, cattle, chickens, and hogs. For 35 years, he ran the largest pork production operation in Spalding County. For twelve years, he worked with his son Nathan Mixon in the grading business.
Bill was a man of strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Two of his favorite verses were “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Another was “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (I Timothy 5:8) Bill was known for his charitable heart and his compassion for people who grew up in poverty, as he did during the depression. He welcomed many to his table to share in food, fellowship, and always a good story.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by Louise Painter Mixon, his loving wife of 58 years, and his siblings, Bettie Mixon Sellers, George Roland Mixon, Guinnetta Mixon Tatman, and Charles Edward Mixon.
Surviving Bill are his daughter, Anne Louise Mixon, of Griffin, GA; his son, William Nathan Mixon and wife, Tammy, of Williamson, GA; his son, George Thomas Mixon and wife, Martha, of Nairobi, Kenya; and his son, Benjamin Painter Mixon and wife, Elizabeth, of Rock Hill, SC. Bill treasured his grandchildren. They are Hannah Mixon and Emma Mixon of Williamson, GA, Joshua Mixon and wife, Bridgett, of Griffin GA, Beth Mixon Seo and husband, Chris, of Washington, DC, Carrie Mixon of Trenton, GA, James Mixon, Nathan Mixon, and Laura Mixon of Nairobi, Kenya, Sarah Mixon of Chapel Hill, NC, and Eleanor Mixon of Rock Hill, SC.
Bill loved his family deeply. We will cherish the memories of the many times, after we grew up and established homes of our own, he reminded us that we always had a home with him. We will sorely miss him, but we know that he is rejoicing now with his Lord and with Louise.
Visitation with the family will be at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home from 10:30 to 12:00 on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Weather permitting, graveside services will follow immediately at Mt. Zion Campground Cemetery, Vaughn Road, Griffin, GA. If raining, the service will be at Conner-Westbury. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Serge-Grace at the Fray, Kenyan Bible Storying Training Fund at www.serge.org.
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