Max Mitchell

Albert Maxwell Mitchell, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena following a brief illness. He was born January 22, 1934 in Jena to the union of his parents, John Hubert and Alice Fradonia White Mitchell. Max, as he was better known in the community, began his first business when just a lad – raising and selling fishing worms. In 1964, he and his wife, Virginia, opened the Jena Dairy Queen, later changing the name to Jena Burger Barn, and they operated that business for more than a quarter century. During that same time period, the Mitchells opened and operated the Olla Burger Barn. Twenty years later in 1984, the Mitchells saw the need for a quality sit-down restaurant in Jena, and it was in that year they opened Ginny’s Restaurant, which they operated for the next quarter of a century. Ginny’s Restaurant drew hungry customers from far and near and was well known throughout Central Louisiana and beyond. Max was a member of Midway Church of God. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Brother Rod Smith and Max Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Wayne Mitchell. Those left to cherish in his memory include his wife, Virginia White Mitchell of Jena; sons, Gerald Mitchell and wife Vicki of Jena, and Mark Mitchell and wife Janet of New Canaan, CT; daughter, Linda M. Rabel and husband Ben of Jena; daughter-in-law, Marcia Mitchell; brother, Dale Mitchell of Jena; sisters, Melba Campbell and Diane Jones, both of Jena; grandchildren, Stephen Mitchell, Jennifer Palmer, Brittany Vercher, Kristyn LeBrun, Thomas Rabel, Max Mitchell and Mia Mitchell and a host of great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Stephen Mitchell, Gary Mitchell, Thomas Rabel, Bryan Palmer, Jonathan Vercher and Jason LeBrun. Honorary pallbearers were Jackson Palmer, Leon Achord, Connor Vercher and Max Mitchell

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