Clinner Perkins Mitchell

June 8, 1929December 27, 2018

Of Pleasant Lake, MI went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife, June Layman Mitchell; four sons, Richard Layman (Janet) Mitchell, Daniel Perkins (Debe) Mitchell, David Lee (Christina) Mitchell III and Timothy Douglas Mitchell; four grandsons, David IV, Mark, Tyler and Tanner; three granddaughters, Whitney, Courtney and Olivia; three great grandchildren, Landon, Sadie and Ellie; brother, Arthur Lee as well as nieces, nephews, loving family members and friends. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by two sisters. Clinner was born to Arthur and Frances (Oakes) Mitchell on June 8, 1929 in Dry Fork, VA. Clinner is a 1946 graduate of Whitmell Farm Life School in Virginia. He went on to graduate from the University of Virginia in 1950 and Bob Jones University in 1958. He served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1955 and married June Layman in 1956. Mr. Mitchell taught in public schools in Parma, Pleasant Lake and Stockbridge from 1959 – 1985. He had a strong faith in the Lord and was also Pastor of Pleasant Lake Bible Church from 1957- 1998. A service to honor his life will be held at Northwest Baptist Church on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Hal Jankusky officiating. The family will receive friends at Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Mr. Mitchell will be laid to rest at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Rural Bible Ministries “R.B.M.” 5325 W. F Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49009


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery Thursday, January 3, 2019

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Christine Esch-Biehn

January 4, 2019

Mr. Mitchell was my sixth grade teacher at Gregory Elementary in 1975-76. We were the last class to have him in Gregory. I have fond memories of our learning experiences, painting the large globe at the back of the room, trying different foods and the annual softball game at the end of the year! At that time, we were the Gregory Turtles! Mr. Mitchell certainly left his mark on many students. My condolences to the family.

Kelly Grumelot Arnold

January 1, 2019

Mr. Mitchell was my teacher and long term Friend of my parents. The enormous globe we painted countries and states on. The maple syrup we made tapping the sugar maple and cooking down from sap to syrup. The process of representing a state for a “convention” as we learned about elections. Diaramas, Dissecting animals. So many subjects and such a mind to figure out how to make each learning experience special, hands on , interactive. A principal who kept us in line. But a man with a sense of humor as well as values and faith in God. I was lucky to have him in my life.

Rene Weatherholt Eiseman

January 1, 2019

Mr. Mitchell was not only my 6th grade teacher at Gregory in 1968-69, he was also the principal. I remember his setup of the classroom, the science specimens he showed on shelves in the back and the making of maple syrup and pancakes in class. But the highest testimony of his life was outside the classroom in sharing his life as a pastor. May the world be a better place because of his life and witness.

Jodi Zeigler

December 31, 2018

Mr. Mitchell was my 6th grade reading teacher. The school messed up and put me in his class which was the highest class when i should have been in one od the lowest. He helped me to get back in his class and because of him i succeeded in his class. I to this day have never forgotten his help and encouragement. What a blessed man and teacher.

Barb Otto Tasket

December 31, 2018

Mr. Mitchell was my 6th grade teacher at Gregory Elementary School. He was a very good teacher. We learned alot from him. So sorry for your loss.

Jodelle (Jody) Rowe-Sparks

December 31, 2018

I was blessed to have had both Mr. And Mrs. Mitchell as my teachers. Thier influence was priceless. Mr. Mitchell might have liked to know that because of his teaching of Science, I entered into a Pathology career. Mrs. Mitchell may also like to know that her gift of reading aloud to me as a student , gave me a great love of books onvtape or theater.
My deepest condolences to the family and wishes for great memories.

Beth (Line) Koop

December 31, 2018

Mr. Mitchell was an educator in the true sense of the word. I have so many memories of 6th grade with him - trying different foods, dissecting road kill, making a haunted house and using a deer heart to depict open heart surgery. Even his punishments were educational - find 5 words that are 5 syllables or more and write the definition (for talking in class) and start at 100, subtract 2 and add 1, showing your work until you reach zero. He was an inspiration for me in my own teaching career. Many blessings to his family.

Ann Marie Hribar

December 31, 2018

Mr. Mitchell was my 6th grade teacher at Stockbridge Middle School. I cannot say enough about this incredible educator and man. Not only did he push his students academically, but Mr. Mitchell made learning fun. When I look back at my time at Stockbridge, Mr. Mitchell made such a profound impact on me...

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Mr. Mitchell touched so many lives. He will be missed.