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Public Servant Buddy Mitchell Passes

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Alabama Political Reporter

Alfred “Buddy” Henry Mitchell, 66, a resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Buddy had a diverse understanding of Alabama politics, having been involved in the Alabama political arena for nearly four decades, including service in the Executive branch, Legislative branch and lobbying the Alabama Legislature. He was educated in the public schools of Brewton, AL, and graduated from Auburn University in 1972, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

He was employed with Judy Bond Industries in Brewton and Ozark from 1973 until 1982. He served as the Assistant Finance Director for Gov. George C. Wallace from 1983 – 1984, and as Finance Director from 1984 – 1986. He served as Chief of Staff for speaker Jimmy Clark from 1987 until 1993. In 1993, he became the Executive Director of Governmental Affairs for Auburn University and Special Assistant to three Auburn University Presidents, where he served until his retirement in 2008.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Cary Thomas Mitchell Scholarship in care of Auburn University Foundation, 317 College St., Auburn, AL 36849.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel Fred and Sybil Mitchell; his wife, Jackie Ferguson Mitchell, and his son, Cary Thomas Mitchell. He is survived by his sons, Alfred Henry Mitchell, Jr., and Jason Green Mitchell; grandchildren, Thomas Jason Mitchell, John Patrick Mitchell and Samantha Nicole Mitchell; brothers, Jim (Anne) Mitchell and Doug Mitchell; sister, Tanya Mitchell; and former wife, Dawn Mitchell.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014, with burial following in Alabama Heritage Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. For online condolences please visit

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