Billy L. Mitchell

Billy L. Mitchell

December 14, 1934 - December 24, 2023

Billy L. Mitchell, 89, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2023, at The Heritage in Corbin, Kentucky.

Born December 14, 1934, in Knox County, Kentucky, Billy was the son of the late John F. and Rachel Ann Mitchell.

Billy began serving the Lord at the age of 15 as a pastor.  Since 1955 up until the last few months of 2023, he was the pastor of Briar Creek Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

In addition to his father and mother, Billy was preceded in death by all his siblings: Ola Mitchell, Arthur Mitchell, Murrell Mitchell, Helen Mitchell, Luster Mitchell, Kenneth Mitchell, Willard Mitchell, Irene Foley, Roy Mitchell, and Ted Mitchell; three sisters-in-law: Opal Mitchell, Henriann Mitchell, and Heidi Mitchell; and brother-in-law, Arnold Foley.

He is survived by several nephews, nieces, his church family, his Huddle House friends in Williamsburg, and three special friends: Grant Kinksiek, Miguel Reis, and Buddy Kidd.

Loved by his family and friends, Billy will be deeply missed.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Briar Creek Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Kentucky, with Mike Wilson and Sam Lawson officiating.  Burial will follow in Hart Cemetery in Corbin, Kentucky, with family serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 – 3 P.M. Thursday.

Hart Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


  • Dagmar R Metzler
    Posted at 11:14h, 27 December Reply

    Pastor Bill was just like a favorite Uncle to me and several of my cousins because my Dad Kenneth Paul Rains and his Brother Darrel Estle Rains loved him like a Brother. They were very close and just a couple of weeks ago Bill had a note sent to me to be read at my Dad’s interment. He was a blessing of fortitude and love in our lives – walking The Way each day and made a lasting impression on us. His legacy continues and I am so very grateful to be a part of it. – Dagmar (Dagi) R. Metzler

  • Alice Faye Keeney
    Posted at 11:54h, 27 December Reply

    Bill was a truly wonderful individual. My uncle, Darrel Rains, brought him home from church one Sunday and into the lives of the entire Rains family. Bill spent much time with all of us, putting up with the nieces and nephews until we grew up, and continuing to be there. Bill was so good to my grandmother, Lula Rains, and the aunts Thelma and Mable.. They looked forward to preparing Sunday breakfast for him for many many years. He continued to stop by whenever any of us were in town.. Bill loved his large family and touched the lives of so many others . He could always be depended on, whether by members of the church he served for so many years, or by countless others he met elsewhere.. He visited and ministered to the sick and shut-in unfailingly., as I can attest to personally.. My family has lost a dear friend, but I know the angels are singing beside him.

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