OBITUARY

Charles "JW" Mitchell

4 August, 193917 February, 2021
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I, Charles "JW" Mitchell, have lived a good life, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, and on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 the Lord called me home.

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 4, 1939 to Julius Ceasar Mitchell and Annie Irene Kelly Mitchell. I lived in the Grant Park area and attended Jerome Jones Elementary School. Then, it was on to Roosevelt High School for 8th thru 12th grade, where I met and still have a great group of friends. I remember the football games, military parades and dances in the gym. Friday and Saturday, it was date night at the Starlight Drive-In, then to Two Points, Tackett's or the Varsity for burgers and fries.

After graduation in 1958, I went to work in the floor covering industry, installing all types of surfaces for many years. The commercial side of flooring took me to military bases, hospitals, schools, churches, theaters, restaurants and hotels in many states. After 58 years, I retired and loved it.

I married my sweetheart, Sherry Martenn, who also attended Roosevelt. We resided in the City of Atlanta and in later years moved to Conyers. We were married for nearly 62 years. We loved and supported each other in everything. We spent every 4th of July watching the fireworks and did so for 61 straight years, only missing one because of a global pandemic. We just enjoyed life. We had three loving sons, Jess (60), Steve (57) and Allan (54). Our family was so proud to have three granddaughters, four great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter.

We loved having fun and spent our vacations at the beach with family or in the mountains in the fall and winter.

My family and I attended Spring Street Baptist Church in Smyrna, Georgia. I was also a member of the E. A. Minor Masonic Lodge.

I was preceded in death by my parents, Julius Ceasar and Annie Mitchell; brother, James Ralph Mitchell; and sister, Betty Laverne Mitchell McArthur.

Joining me in Heaven one day will be my loving wife, Sherry Martenn Mitchell; sons, Jess Mitchell, Stephen Mitchell and Allan Mitchell; grandchildren, Jessica Nicole Mitchell (Joshua Gravitt), Jennifer Ann Santiago (Elvin Santiago) and Anna Burton; great-grandchildren, Elvin Santiago, III, Victoria Santiago, Beau Gravitt, Mason Gravitt and Carter Gravitt; sister, Margaret Mitchell Patton; brother, William Cecil Mitchell (Andrea Mitchell); the Roosevelt High School Class of 1958; a host of other relatives and family friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a walk-thru visitation on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 5:00PM-7:00PM and Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 12:00Noon-1:00PM at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home-Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281, where the Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 1:00PM with Pastor Tom D. Summers of Connection Church, officiating.

Services

  • Visitation - 10 Person Rotation Intervals (Masks Required)

    Saturday, 20 February , 2021

  • Visitation - 10 Person Rotation Intervals (Masks Required)

    Sunday, 21 February , 2021

  • Funeral Service - Limited Seating (Masks Required)

    Sunday, 21 February , 2021

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Sherry Mitchell

15 March 2021

Some things in life are meant to be . My life with J W was my treasure and I will miss him so much ! Memories are with me now and I am thankful for all that we shared together.
He was kind ,funny , romantic , a great kisser , liked to dance loved his classmates , all of his past girl friends were his sweethearts , yes he was a hopeless flirt !! Family meant everything to him he was a loving Father with patience to our son's , he always told them that he loved them and was proud of them as they grew into adults. For sixty one years we watched fire works on the Fourth of July with family all over Georgia.
Grand children and Great grandchildren were spoiled and loved .Vacation, trips, movies, shopping, favorite foods He was a Pirate ( Captain Hook ) on a ship for them , he also went para sailing with them when he was sixty five years old
When I think of you I am happy and blessed .You will always be the Love of my life . I know you will watch over me till we meet again. I Love you, Sherry

Jeff and Sharon Mitchell

7 March 2021

Aunt Sherry, Allan, Jess and Steve, and grands and great grands,
Words could never take away your pain or emptiness you feel since the passing of your husband, dad and pops! We were so sorry and broken hearted with Uncle Dub’s passing!! We can’t imagine the pain you all are enduring! He was such a fun, loving man who truly cared for ALL of his family! I know his prayer was that everyone saw his love for Christ and his family and will have the same! Thanksgiving and Saturday coffee days will never be the same! He will be sorely missed by many! He will live on through our hearts and memories!! We are always here for y’all no matter the need!! We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!! We love y’all!!♥️

Sherry Carmichael

2 March 2021

Condolences to the family, of J.W. (Dub) Mitchell. He was always such a pleasure to be around. I have known him, nearly all my life. Continued prayers for Sherry, his wife. His sons, Allen, Jess, and Steve.
Allen & Sherry Carmichael

Darlene Patton

1 March 2021

There are no words to articulate what a tremendous loss Uncle Dub's passing was to our family. He was a rock for so many, myself included. He was loving, kind, compassionate, understanding, and so much more. He was always there for me whenever I needed him up until the day the Lord called him home. I love and miss you Uncle Dub so very much. I pray for you, Aunt Sherry, as well as Jess, Steve, Allan, the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren that God will provide you all with the strength and comfort you need to make it through this tremendous storm. May He wrap His loving arms around each one of you... Prayers, hugs, and my love to you all.

Arlene Foster

1 March 2021

I sit here writing this and I'm feeling so many things, shock, numbness, and pain from my broken heart. I have cried countless tears because you left here. I lost my coffee break buddy, my rock that I could always count on, my advisor, and the unconditional love that you have always given me.
The times that I have spent with you in this Earthly life have been to numerous to count, and each and every one has brought joy to my heart.
I look at my beautiful painting everyday and I am reminded that you took time to do that for me even when you were in pain. Just proof of your unconditional love. I will cherish it always.
There are no words to describe how much I will miss you. Your humor, you Donald Duck voice, my daily 'Good morning" or "I love you" messages and our walks down memory lane as we sipped our Coffee.
I love you more than words could ever convey...I'll see you when I get there. XOXOXO
P.S. I'm keeping your precious wife and Boys in my daily prayers.
"Sweets"

Allan Mitchell

24 February 2021

Dad, You were the best Dad a child, young boy, a teen, young man, a grown man then a best friend anyone could ask for. You showed us brothers love, kindness, how to have fun, how to work hard, and how to grow and evolve into good men. You loved and treated Mom great, with kindness and respect. Just know that you were loved very much and will be missed terribly...Hope you are at peace and in the loving arms of our heavenly father. I love you, and will miss you so much Dad

Norma Wunderlich

21 February 2021

Sherry, I am so saddened by the loss of J. W. He and I have known each other and been friends for 76 years. Our friendship began in the 4th grade at Jerome Jones Elementary School and continued through high school at Roosevelt High School and then into adulthood and old age. He was so special to me and I will miss him very much. Sherry, you have been so devoted to J. W. all these years and I know he loved you so much. You are blessed to have sons who love and adore you as well as grandchildren and friends. We are all here for you. I will continue to keep you and the family in my prayers as you adjust to life without J. W.

Jess Mitchell

21 February 2021

I hoped this day would never come....the day I lost my Dad who meant the world to me. He raised me right and was always by my side through thick and thin. We had the best relationship a father and son could ask for - he taught me a trade so I could make a living, he was always there from the beginning, all through life with the good and bad, he helped me with playing sports, school, life, fishing, hunting. Anything we wanted to do, he was there - never a question. I am very lucky and proud to call you my Dad. Just know that I will always love you and try to make you proud. I will miss you more than you could know. I Love You Pops. Your son, Jess

Jessica Mitchell

20 February 2021

To share one favorite memory is impossible. I was so blessed to be able to share a lifetime of beautiful memories with you and Moma and was even more lucky to have my sons get to make memories with you too. It makes me smile when I see one of the boys make a funny face or pose like you. I pray those memories stay in their hearts forever. We all loved you so much. My heart aches. I wish I could give you just one more hug, but I take comfort in knowing that this isn't goodbye - it is see you later in heaven. I know you are happy to be with loved ones who have already passed. Rest in peace, Popa, and know you made an incredible impact on not only my life, but everyone who got to know you. Sending all my love. Your granddaughter, Jessica

Sam Thurmond

20 February 2021

Dear Sherry and Family Members,

Lynda and I send out condolences and prayers at this time of your bereavement. We always enjoyed seeing J.W. when were in Georgia and attended our class lunches and reunions. I remember our Roosevelt years and have fond memories of knowing J.W. back in our high school days. I was in the same class year with J.W., and he was always friendly, warm and enjoyable to be around. He was loved by all that had the good fortune to know him - he will be missed.

Sam Thurmond (Roosevelt 1958 Class)

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