ForeverMissed
Barry Michael Mitchell, born August 4th, 1950 in Hartselle, Alabama, died July 2nd, 2020. Predeceased by father Billy Don Mitchell and mother Toy Alice Mitchell, he is survived by hero, best friend and wife Andrea (Andi) Lynn Ritchie, brother Dr. Stephen Wyatt Mitchell, sons Zachary Wyatt Mitchell and Benjamin Michael Mitchell, Ben’s wife Loni and granddaughters Emma Grace, Hadley Toy and Fallon Olivia Mitchell as well as adopted son Brad Pit Michael Mitchell Ritchie.
Barry Graduated from Morgan County High School and received degrees from the University of Alabama (BFA Graphic Design) and Auburn University (MFA Painting and Printmaking) as well as completing post graduate studies at the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee. His work career consisted of 40 years as an advertising agency Graphic Designer, Art Director, Creative Director and Illustrator as well as five years as a general irritant and silk screen printer. He also taught Illustration and Graphic Design at Auburn University, Tuskegee University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University.
Widely (self) regarded as one of the finest fisherman of his generation, he also enjoyed cooking, golf, drawing and painting, shooting stuff, being the center of attention and occasionally wearing wigs. 
Posted by Stuart Oates on July 30, 2020
Barry was a neighbor and a friend. Let's just say that I miss his wit, his humor, and his humanity (and his spare ribs were amazing). One thing that we all agree upon in our house is that the world lost a rare treasure. Every time I step out my door and look across the street, however, I remember him, and I smile. Godspeed, Barry.
Posted by Leif Bondarenko on July 22, 2020
Barry was loved by so many friends. He always went out of his way to make me feel like someone special. I could talk to Barry about anything and he would always give me his one of a kind, Barry Mitchell wisdom, or just crack me up with his great sense of humor. He was a very talented artist and and a great friend, who loved music and people. He also played a mean set of spoons, and even gave me a few lessons on how to play them!
Barry, you were one of a kind, and always one of the good guys.
I will miss you, my friend.
Love you, brother....
Posted by Richard Hassall on July 22, 2020
Barry was a friend, a co-worker, and a neighbor. As a neighbor I was on the receiving end of many of the meals he cooked. I would even buy 2 pork tenderloins. One for him and Andi and one for me if he would cook them. As a co-worker he is greatly missed. When Barry said for 5 years he was a general irritant he was wrong. He was a major irritant and we loved him for it. The world is a lonelier place without him. I know he'd make a joke out of me for saying that. See ya Bar
Posted by Morris Pate on July 21, 2020
Happy trails, Coach Mitchell. Football season will never be the same.
Posted by Karl Dover on July 19, 2020
Barry was one of the most creative and zaniest people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I will never forget the Christmas in which he surprised me with a laser pointer with various patterns that was purchased from a gas station and "wrapped" in a dirty, tube sock. It was hysterical! That was the Barry I knew. RIP my friend.
Posted by Bobbie Fletcher on July 19, 2020
One of the funniest people I have ever known. And, I always had a weird connection with him. I could look at him across the room and just know we were on the same wave length. I know that he loved BIG!!!! He loved his sons, he loved his wife, and he loved his friends. He was amazing and one of my all time favorite people. Barry, you will be missed. But, you have so many true friends and family members waiting for you on the other side. Andi.... my thoughts and prayers are with you and his sons - he loved you all so much!
Posted by Pamela Koons on July 18, 2020
Only together a few times. A wonderful cook. A great neighbor and a wonderful husband to Andi. You will be missed.
Posted by Eric Watters on July 18, 2020
You will be missed my friend. I really enjoyed the dart games at The Metro Bistro, the Bistro/Caddle golf tournament, your crazy humor and fun times watching us do our Caddle shows. ✌️❤️ Always

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Posted by Stuart Oates on July 30, 2020
Barry was a neighbor and a friend. Let's just say that I miss his wit, his humor, and his humanity (and his spare ribs were amazing). One thing that we all agree upon in our house is that the world lost a rare treasure. Every time I step out my door and look across the street, however, I remember him, and I smile. Godspeed, Barry.
Posted by Leif Bondarenko on July 22, 2020
Barry was loved by so many friends. He always went out of his way to make me feel like someone special. I could talk to Barry about anything and he would always give me his one of a kind, Barry Mitchell wisdom, or just crack me up with his great sense of humor. He was a very talented artist and and a great friend, who loved music and people. He also played a mean set of spoons, and even gave me a few lessons on how to play them!
Barry, you were one of a kind, and always one of the good guys.
I will miss you, my friend.
Love you, brother....
Posted by Richard Hassall on July 22, 2020
Barry was a friend, a co-worker, and a neighbor. As a neighbor I was on the receiving end of many of the meals he cooked. I would even buy 2 pork tenderloins. One for him and Andi and one for me if he would cook them. As a co-worker he is greatly missed. When Barry said for 5 years he was a general irritant he was wrong. He was a major irritant and we loved him for it. The world is a lonelier place without him. I know he'd make a joke out of me for saying that. See ya Bar
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