Coy Lee Mitchell passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, at home in Odessa, surrounded by the memories of 68 years of life and love under the dusty skies of West Texas. His wife, Dorothy McCollum Mitchell, was with him as he peacefully slipped away from this world after a long health battle.
Coy was born in Big Spring in November 1943. His mother, Jessie Pearl Mitchell, raised him to be proud of his West Texas roots after his father, Guy Lee Mitchell, died when he was just five years old. Coy loved baseball, good times with friends and Texas A&M. He loved it so much it took him 10 years to graduate with an electrical engineering degree.
His time at A&M came with starts and stops and a tour of West Texas thanks to Southwestern Bell. While climbing poles for the phone company, he fell in love with a good woman from McCamey and married her Jan. 1, 1966. Dorothy was his â€śnew beginningâ€ť that lasted 46 years. He had a son, Guy Lee, who he named for his father. After college graduation from A&M, he went home for a job at Cosden Refinery in Big Spring.
Coy and Dorothy welcomed a second son, David Lee, and finally settled in Odessa. Coy was a professional engineer who worked for Hubbard Electric, built his own consulting firm and eventually joined Saulsbury Engineering. He retired in 2008 to travel and enjoy his friends and family. He loved the mountains of Colorado and watching the whales off the coast of Massachusetts, but he always came home to the open skies of West Texas, where the sunsets are free.
He is survived by his wife, his two sons, his mother-in-law, Mrs. D.D. McCollum of Mason, Texas, and many friends who loved his stories and quick wit.
Family and friends will gather at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Frank Wilson funeral home in Odessa for a service to remember Mr. Mitchell.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the West Texas charity of your choice.