OBITUARY

Charles "JW" Mitchell

August 4, 1939February 17, 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, February 20, 2021

  • Visitation - 10 Person Rotation Intervals (Masks Required)

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service - Limited Seating (Masks Required)

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Allan Mitchell

February 24, 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

February 21, 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

February 21, 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

February 20, 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

February 20, 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)

Vera Howell

February 19, 2021

one of my classmates Roosevelt class of 58 from this walk you have gone but will live on in our memory and we will join you soon

Louise M. Cox

February 19, 2021

Sherry and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you strength. I knew JW from our many Roosevelt High All Class Reunions and from the Roosevelt Facebook group.

Sincerely,
Louise McLaughlin Cox, Roosevelt High Class of 1965

Dolores (Dee) Davis

February 19, 2021

Sherrie and family. My high school years were spent with JW. Our special luncheons were some of my best memories of my high school classmates. It was such a honor to get to know their spouses and enjoy the time we spent together. There will definitely be a vacant chair at the table when we get to resume our special days again. I look forward to seeing my special friend again when we wi have a RHS reunion in heaven. Sherrie, I love you and pray for God’s peace for you snd your family. I will hold you in my prayers, for I understand what it means to lose your soul mate.

Jennifer Santiago

February 19, 2021

Popa! May you rest in peace. We are going to miss you deeply. I have so many fun memories and silly things that you did, that I will cherish forever. I wish we had more time to create more together. You always made me feel so special and loved. I am so thankful that Elvin and Tori got to know you as well. They always wanted to come up to Georgia and see Moma and Popa. I know that you were holding on for all of us, but now you can rest and be our guardian angel. I promise that we will watch over Moma make sure that she is ok. A peice of my heart is missing for you. Love always...your girl Jennifer 💗

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