OBITUARY

Emmitt Charles Mitchell

July 20, 1933March 24, 2019
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Emmitt Charles Mitchell was born July 20, 1933 in Fort Worth Texas to James and Aniece (Massengale) Mitchell. They divorced a couple of years later and Neecie went on to marry John Vanston Sr., who raised and loved Charlie as his own. John’s son, John Jr., who was a few years older than Charles, and three siblings born later, Cindy, Jed, and Tim, completed the family.

Like his parents, Charles showed great talent in music. He graduated from Waco High School and joined the Air Force where he played for the military band. He graduated from East Texas State College (now Texas A&M University–Commerce).

He taught at Castleberry Junior High where he met the love of his life, Marylin LeMay. They married in 1964. Charles then taught at Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie schools where he delighted in teaching music to children of all ages. He also loved performing with the Good Times Chorus and Swing Street Connection with longtime friend Bob Cartwright. Other artistic talents included woodwork and drawing. Charles and Marylin made their home in Arlington, Texas. Over the years they enjoyed traveling around the United States, Canada, and Europe.

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, Charles passed away with his loving wife by his side. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Linda (Cindy) Mills Tooker, brother-in-law, Bob Mills, brother George (Jed) Vanston, brother Timothy Vanston, and sister-in-law Angela Vanston. He is survived by his wife Marylin, brother John Vanston Jr., sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carolin and George Craft, brother-in-law Harry Tooker, several nieces and nephews, other family members, close friends David and Jeannie Hooten, and many dear friends.

Charles will be remembered as a kind, loving, funny, and talented person whose love of music made a difference in the lives of so many people.

Please make memorial donations to Texas A&M–Commerce Music Department or music program of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Emmitt Charles Mitchell

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Randal Wickersham

April 13, 2019

Mr. Mitchell encouraged self-expression and music appreciation for those of us lucky enough to have taken Choir and participated in "Godspell" (1975) and "Bye Bye Birdie" ( 1974) at Cedar Hill High. Most wonderful memories from my youth. I always remember his accompaniment of "Bad Bad LeRoy Brown" by Jim Croce on piano and the gusto with which our practices were honed. Mr. Mitchell was such a pleasant man with a creative spark that opened the doors to music for us as students. Godspeed, Mr. Mitchell... Heavens Harps are sounding.

Paul Tucker

April 11, 2019

Mr. Charles Mitchell, what a great man! He was loved by a whole lot of people especially those whom he taught music at Cedar Hill High School. He was always very sweet and very patient. The musical "Bye Bye Birdie" was one of the gems that Mr. Mitchell worked so hard with us to present in Spring 1974. There were other musicals that followed in subsequent years. Additionally, the half time shows he wrote, the arrangements he produced are so memorable. I am pretty certain that he wrote the Cedar Hill Alma Mater. My prayers for Mrs. Mitchell to have strength and comfort in the time ahead. She is also a very sweet person loved by many Cedar Hill alumni.

Karen Octavia Hansen

April 11, 2019

Loved this man! I have played music for over 50 years because of his patience and encouragement when I was at Cedar Hill School. I would have loved to thank him for a lifetime of music. Music speaks when we have no words. Thanks for the melody . . .

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