John Mitchum ‘Mitch’ Gilley Sr. was born to the late John William Gilley and Virginia Lorene Pitts on November 13, 1953. Mitch as he was known by family and friends was a lifelong resident of Rutherford County. Mitch began his career at Parthenon Metal Works in 1977. He was blessed to have gained numerous friends during his employment there. He retired in 2007 after 30 years of service.