The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Travelers Home Missionary Baptist Church, Travelers Home Road, Ideal, Georgia. Rev. Carl Munns, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Lebanon Cemetery.
Iona was born December 21, 1924 in Ideal, Macon County, Georgia to the late Nancy Hall Gaines Black and the late Russell Gaines. She acquired her education at the Historic Grangeville Elementary School of Ideal, Georgia. Iona was joined in holy matrimony to the late Andrew Mitchell, and to this union seven children was born. One, Ornetta Mitchell, preceded her in death.
She retired from Southern Frozen Foods after many years of services. She accepted Jesus Christ and joined the Freewill Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. C.A. Coleman. Then she joined the Travelers Home Baptist Church where she served as an usher for many years until her health started to decline.
She loved her children and leaves to cherish her memories: six children, Elton Mitchell, Americus, Georgia, Roy Mitchell (Brenda), Atlanta, Georgia, Gwendolyn Montford, and Michelle Mitchell, both of Ideal, Georgia, Stevie Mitchell (Shon), Alexandria, Louisiana, and Albert Mitchell, Montezuma, Georgia; fifteen grandchildren, including three devoted ones, Michael, Tosha, and DeAngela; one sister, Louise Pettway, Stockbridge, Georgia and brother-in-law, Leroy Mitchell, Columbus, Georgia, and a host of beloved nieces including three devoted Pat, Gloria, and Kit, nephews, cousins and friends.