Gregory Paul Mitchell

gregory mitchell

September 9, 1968 ~ February 14, 2023

Born in: Chardon, Nebraska
Resided in: Hilltop Lakes, Texas

Gregory Paul Mitchell, “Greg”, age 54 passed away peacefully on February 14 at his home in Hilltop Lakes, Tx. Greg was born in Chadron, Nebraska on September ninth, 1968 and is preceded in death by parents Voni Ryerson and Chuck Mitchell. Greg, along with his family, moved to Sweeney Tx in 1978 where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and football. Some of his accomplishments at Sweeney High include two state championships in baseball. After high school graduation Greg furthered his education at Sam Houston State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography.

After his college graduation, Greg settled in Normangee Tx where he worked for the State of Texas for over twenty plus years. He had recently retired and in his spare time enjoyed being an umpire and referee for high school and recreational teams, including Normangee Little Dribblers. He spent many hours on the road traveling because it was something that he loved. Many players and coaches would call him their favorite ref, and some liked to give him a hard time about calls he had made. Greg was also a wonderful cook and loved to experiment with new recipes and create his own dishes. He especially excelled at smoking the best brisket. Greg will be missed by many, especially his children whom he loved very much.

He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Mitchell; son Preston Mitchell; daughter Hayley Ross and husband Dylon; daughter Hannah Barker and husband Wilson; stepsons Christian and Chaitan. Greg is also survived by granddaughter Preslee Mitchell and grandsons Bentley and Clayson Ross and Hudson and Witton Barker. He is also survived by two brothers Charlie Mitchell and wife Kim; Clark Mitchell and wife Stacey and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Saturday February 18th at the Hilltop Lakes Community Center, 1 Hilltop Lodge Dr, Normangee, TX 77871 at 11:30 am. Flowers are welcome to be delivered to Hilltop Lake Community Center.

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  1. Our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Greg was a wonderful person and loved by many friends and family. We are lifting you up in prayer.
    Love to you all!
    Russell & Tricia (Ellis) Williams
    Sweeny, Texas

    • Thank you Tricia and Russell. Your prayers and condolences are very much appreciated. Greg was my whole world. Literally he and I spent 24 seven together for the last four years and the year before that it was not that much less. Thank you again for your prayers and comments
      -Deb Mitchell

  2. I am happy to see he lived such a full life and I know he felt all the love from his family and brothers. Prayers for peace and comfort to all who loved Greg.

  3. I love you my sweet husband! I don’t know what to do without you. You’ve only been gone two days and I’m already going crazy. I miss you so much everything around me. Reminds me of you I need you. I am so blessed to have called you my husband and I can’t wait to meet you in heaven.

  4. Sending my love and prayers to Deb and Greg’s family. Greg was an incredible human. Love you, Deb ❤️

  5. Greg will be truly missed. He and I officiated Jr. High and High School Basketball. He was great friend. The last game we worked together was a Girls Regional Semifinal at Prosper High School.

  6. I extend my condolences to the family of Greg Mitchell. May God continually bless you and comfort you during this time and beyond. Greg Mitchell, well done!!

  7. My deepest sorrows for his passing. Greg was a friend who I always enjoyed calling ball with. He will be missed.

  8. I never met Greg but from all the wonderful things Deb spoke of about him he sounded like an amazing and loving Husband and Father. So sorry for your loss Deborah. May God comfort you in his Loving arms.

  9. Greg was truly a good man. He and I worked together as umpires and he was always smiling and having fun. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.

  10. My sweet classmate Greg Mitchell. There are many things that I can say about you so where do we start? You were Greg….. all the years of knowing you, you never changed. You were Special, you were True, you were a Friend and you were a Leader! Fly High my Friend and Take Your Rest. Prayers for your wife, kids, grandkids and all the lives that you touch by being Greg. Your classmate
    Addie Woodard Ford
    Sweeny High c/o 1986

  11. My heartfelt prayers & sympathies are extended to the immediate & extended families of Greg Mitchell during this difficult time.

    Greg was a loyal friend to all those who knew him. I was 3 years behind him in school & we attended FUMC in Sweeny together as well. We played the same positions in football, basketball & baseball. I looked up to him as a mentor because he graciously took me under his wing. I never asked that of him – it just happened over time. Not once did he ever make me feel inferior. Instead, he included me & showed me the ropes. He answered all of my crazy questions, made me feel comfortable, helped me relax & settle in. That’s not the norm when you’re teenagers & especially when you’re different ages. Speaks to his character & kind soul. I’ve never forgotten his gesture & have tried to do the same when in similar positions throughout my life. He did not have to do that & it made a profound impact on me. We were just kids trying to find our niche & place in this world. Good guy. Quick mind. Artistic. Good athlete. Clutch player. Sneaky funny. Quiet confidence. Unassuming. Loved God & his family. Cared about others. I’ve never, ever met anyone who did not like & respect Greg Mitchell. Just a “cool cat” without ever trying too hard & a friend to all.

    I regret not being able to attend his tribute. I’ve thought a lot about Voni & Tim, Clark & Charlie, as well as all of their loved ones since I got the news. It hit me hard. Such fine people since the first time I met them upon their moving to Texas from Nebraska. We lost Greg far too soon, but I take solace in the fact that I know he touched & impacted lots of lives, including mine. He just had an easy way & demeanor about him that enriched the lives of others. I would occasionally run into Greg when I was a student at TAMU & later lived in Bryan/College Station. It was like we never missed a beat & we were those kids from the ‘80s again having a conversation. How’s the family? What’s going on? Talk some ball. Crack a joke. I can hear that distinctive laugh now! Life comes at us hard & fast. I regret not staying in better touch over the past few years. He was truly a “guy’s guy” & just a good dude.

    Keep being you “Benny” as I know God has bigger plans in store for you. A sincere thank you for the memories & genuine kindness you showed to my family & me. God Bless

    Greg Ellis
    (son of Pat & Kay Ellis)
    Port Neches, TX

  12. I was so sad to get the news of Greg passing. Prayers and condolences to the family and to all who knew Greg. I had so much fun and so many great memories growing up with Greg and playing sports with him in Sweeny. He was a great athlete and a great teammate and friend. He will truly be missed. So sorry for the loss.

    Jason Bullard

  13. My heart hurts as another friend and classmate goes to heaven before the rest of us. Greg was such a great athlete and I remember him and tge whole gang of baseball when they brought home state championships. Greg will be forever in our thought and cherished in our memories. We were blessed to have a great Class of 86 alumni.
    Love, your friend and classmates

  14. I’m so sad to hear this. Greg was always such a good guy – funny, kind & full of life in high school. My heart breaks for his family knowing what a huge loss this is for them. I will be praying for peace & comfort during this difficult time.

  15. Just learned about Greg’s passing. He was a great influence on me while involved with the UMC youth group. I had the honor of Greg calling my team’s play off game in 2018. Not the he made any favorable calls, but I was sure glad he was officiating our game.

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