Attorney advised Woodstock leaders for 48 years

Albert Mitchell

Albert T. Mitchell, attorney for the Town of Woodstock for 48 years, passed away at his home in Palmyra on Sunday.

Woodstock Mayor Jeremy McCleary said Mitchell, 73, became town attorney on Sept. 3, 1968, and added that eight different mayors have served local residents since he became town attorney.

“Over that time, Al was a steady and consistent adviser and confidant to the Woodstock Town Council and its town managers over the years,” he said.

“Al was a kind, thoughtful and remarkable man,” he added. “He was the full embodiment of the word gentleman. He was a wealth of legal knowledge and someone that the Shenandoah County legal community looked up to and respected. He had such a calm and smooth demeanor about him. When he really got a kick out of something a gigantic smile would stretch across his face.”

He said that Mitchell left a lasting impression on the community and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

“Al was so well liked throughout the community because he genuinely cared about people and showed so much compassion,” McCleary added.

Mitchell was born in Alexandria, earned his bachelor’s degree in 1964 from the University of Richmond and received his law degree from the Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1967.

He started his legal career in the law offices of Marsh & Sarver in Strasburg before forming the firm of Mitchell & Arthur with the late Douglas C. Arthur.

Mitchell also served as commonwealth attorney for Shenandoah County and assistant commonwealth attorney for Shenandoah County over the years.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Woodstock. A reception will follow.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.