The Rev. Roy Darvin Mixon, 91, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 24, 2013, at Pine Pointe Hospice Center, Macon Ga.
He was born in Metter, Ga., the son of Charles F. Mixon and Dorothea Victoria Mincey Mixon, on the evening of April 6, 1922.
He grew up in the small towns of Millen and Portal Ga., where he built his first church at the age of 11 with scrap wood from his father’s carpentry business. He was the resident pastor always sharing the Bible stories he had read so many times from his favorite book, “Story Book of the Bible.” He held his weekly service on Saturday evening and then the family attended the local Baptist Church on Sunday. His brother, Cyril, served as deacon and received the offering which often consisted of nickels, dimes and pennies, washers, and once even a toad.
At age 19, he received his greetings from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and boarded a bus traveling to Fort McPherson in Atlanta, where he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served his country well in World War II in the 129th AAA Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion in the European Theater of Operations. He received commendations from Gen. George Patton, Col E.F. Adams, Major M.S. Eddy and Lt. Col. R.W. Hartman. He also received instruction under Albert Einstein while training in Texas.
After returning home from serving his country, he received his second and most important call to service. He answered the call to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1948. He served as evangelist, pastor, state secretary and state treasurer of the Church of God of Prophecy in Georgia for many years. He pastored churches in Georgia including, Savannah, Millen, Cordele, and Canton. He also pastored in New York and New Jersey.
In 1963 he was appointed overseer to the churches in Delaware and New Jersey and later to Nebraska. In 1970 he was appointed to England as national overseer. In 1974 he was appointed as mission representative to Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands and later to Europe and the Middle East. He established churches in the countries of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zaire, and Zimbabwe. He also served as overseer to Egypt and Sierra Leone and as director of worldwide ministerial activities of the general headquarters of COGOP in Cleveland.
During his tenure with COGOP, he penned numerous books and writings and has always been an avid reader and student, even into his 90s. His library contained thousands of books. Among his favorites were books of Christian and world history and numerous Bible studies.
After 47 trips around the world, and retiring from general work with COGOP, he returned to Georgia to pastor a small church in Valdosta, Ga., for 10 years. In 2000, at the age of 78, he married a longtime friend, the late Lorene Nutt Black Lamb Mixon. They had enjoyed more than 12 years together when Lorene was called to Heaven in February 2013.
Along with his wife, he also acquired seven stepchildren, 17 stepgrandchildren, and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren. He also gained a foster daughter and three foster grands. He was lovingly called “GranRoy.”
He has remained in Macon with his stepson, Tom Black, and wife, Connie, since August 2012, where he has been able to enjoy being a part of the Black/Lamb family in addition to his birth family which he dearly loved.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Cyril Mixon and Eldred Mixon of Millen Ga.
He is survived by one sister, Erma Gorenflo (Bill) of Columbus Ohio; and nephews: Ron and Rick Gorenflo of Ohio, Calvin Mixon of Canton, Ga., and Chip Mixon of North Carolina; two nieces: Karen Holobaugh of Ohio and Pam Baggett of Statesboro, Ga.; he had five great-nephews; eight great-nieces; four great-great-nephews and two great-great-nieces. He prayed for all his family daily.
A celebration of his life and accomplishments will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. with visitation prior at noon at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Warner Robins, Ga., with interment at Parkway Memorial Gardens. Pastor Leonard Pittman and Pastor Tom Black will be officiating.
To God be the glory for a life well lived for Him! The final victory has been won and this faithful soldier has made it home!