Mrs. Atha De John
Mrs. Atha De John
Mrs. Atha May Mitchell De John, age 93, of Vidalia, died on August 18, 2020. Mrs. De John was a native of Sulphur, KY. She moved to Newark, NJ, in 1946 and to Vidalia in 1967. She was employed with Federal Pacific Electric Company in Newark. She was a member of the United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (UBEW) for 15 years. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter #1511 in Vidalia since 1989 and was a member of the Essex County Women’s Bowling Association for 15 years in New Jersey. She was a member of the Georgia Women’s Bowling Association for 34 years, serving as director on their board for 6 years. She was a member of the Vidalia Women’s Bowling Association for 34 years and served as director, vice president, and president. The last 30 years of her tenure, she served as secretary-treasurer. She and her late husband bowled together for 50 years. She served in various bowling leagues as president, secretary and treasurer. She was a certified coach instructor for Junior Bowlers in Vidalia. She also bowled in 34 consecutive city tournaments, 33 Georgia State, 5 National and 6 Moose Tournaments. She was “Bowler of the Year” in 1979-1988, 1990-1991-1992-2000 for meritorious services and “Bowler of the Year” in 1985 for Superior Performances. She was inducted into the Vidalia Women’s and National Women’s Bowling Halls of Fame. She was a member of the National Women-Bowling Writer’s Association and published one story “It’s A Small World” about a cancer victim. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Joseph “Tom” De John; her parents, Alton Parker Mitchell, Sr., and Madeline Graham Clark Mitchell; 4 brothers, Delbert Lee Mitchell, Alton Parker Mitchell, Jr., Noble Mitchell and Stephen Tony Mitchell; and 4 sisters, Roxie Lee Mitchell Story, Mary Frances Mitchell Shaffer, Girtha Madeline Mitchell Mullins and Raybell Mitchell Webster.
Survivors include 1 brother, Clarence Earl Mitchell; 38 nieces, nephews, greatnieces, great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and greatgreat- nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, August 21, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3119 North St., East, Vidalia, GA 30474.
Ronald V. Hall
'Memories, of a Lifetime of Love'