James Dwight Mitchell
February 19, 1933 – January 30, 2019
James (Jim) Dwight Mitchell, 85, died January 30, 2019 at his home in Plano, Texas. Funeral service will be held at Ted Dickey Funeral Home in Plano on February 3, 2019, followed by private burial at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Reggie and Katherine Mitchell, brother, Willis Mitchell, sisters, Betty Davis and Joann Crain.
Jim was born in Union City, Missouri in 1933. He entered boot camp for the US Navy at age 17 and served during the Korean War. He was a hard working mechanic who later managed a Mobil Service Station in the Dallas area. After retirement he and his wife had two houses moved to property on Lake Texoma and renovated them for a family getaway. Jim was an animal lover who was known for showing up with stray dogs including a Rottweiler and Saint Bernard, miniature goats named Nibble and Bits, a bull that played ball, and a cat he taught to stand for treats. They all became his dear friends. Among all the pets he dearly loved, his dog Chip was by his side through his last breath.
Jim was a beloved husband, father, and papa. He married Juanita Labor in 1960, and they were happily married for 58 years. Jim didn't know a stranger. He had a way of easily connecting with people. His laugh was infectious and he had quite the sense of humor. Even as his health declined, he continued to bring joy to those around him by always cracking a joke. He loved his family well. Included in his full life are numerous activities such as participating in bowling leagues, giving grandkids a ride on his four wheeler or riding lawn mower, holding sleeping babies, completing every crossword puzzle in sight, reading the comics in the newspaper, or dining on fast food.
Jim is survived by his wife Juanita and their two children, David Mitchell and Sheila Best, his grandchildren: Sabrina, Samantha, Daniel, Jacob, Sydney, Taylor, Tiffany, Forest, Dustin, and Christopher, as well as ten great grandchildren.
- Visitation Sunday, February 3, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, February 3, 2019