Charlene Heatly, 93, of Abilene, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2022.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 5, at Lytle South Baptist Church, 1125 E Industrial Blvd, Abilene, TX 79602, officiated by Rodney Watson. Burial will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd.
Charlene was born on September 9, 1929, in Merkel to Charlie and Leona Price. Charlene loved the Lord and has faithfully served Him her whole life; always giving tithe, because it belonged to the Lord. As a young adult, she gave her time to help others. Later in life, she helped many people financially. Most people never knew it was she who helped them. She would say, “The Lord has led me to help this way, and that is all that matters.” She loved to sing, especially the Baptist hymns. As a young person, she sang hymns on the radio on Sunday morning. She sang at weddings and at church as well. Recently, one could find her sitting in her wheel chair in front of the TV, singing along to gospel music. She attended the Bible College, and shared bible verses often. Charlene loved to play the piano and enjoyed taking care of her flower garden on her big porch. She was an avid reader of all types of books, and she had a regular habit of staying up until the wee hours of the morning to finish a good book. In each book she read, she put the date and her thoughts on the book. Although she could not walk, she was as fast as lightning in her electric wheel chair, doing the things she wanted to do. She loved her huge family, and always knew what everyone was doing. At all gatherings, she led the family in the Lord’s Prayer, or would pray for blessings on her family and thankfulness for all the Lord provided. Charlene will be missed beyond measure, but we find happiness knowing she is now with the Lord.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Leona Price; her husband, Cecil Mitchell; brothers, Less Price and wife Nita, and Johnny Price and wife June, and her grandson, Nickie Ray Mitchell.
She is survived by her sister, Ina Rains and husband Lyndell of Abilene; sons, Eddie Mitchell and wife Pam of Abilene, and Roger Mitchell and wife Georgia of Nugent; daughters, Angie Mitchell of Abilene, and Vivian Childress and husband Bob of Ozona, eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.