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.
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