Joseph Charles Mitchell Jr.

A Service of Memory Celebrating the Life Of Joseph Charles Mitchell, Jr. July 11, 1937 – November 16, 2013 Joseph Charles Mitchell, Jr. was born on July 11, 1937 to the union of Joseph Charles Mitchell and Ada Butler Mitchell in Cairo, Georgia, and born to eternal life on November 16, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center in Racine, Wisconsin after a courageous battle with complications that led to cardiac arrest. Joseph C. Mitchell received his formal secondary education at Washington High School in Cairo, Georgia and then his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Physics at Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia. He furthered his education at the University of Georgia at Athens, Georgia, receiving a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Supervision. Mr. Mitchell continued his studies in mathematics at Knox College in Knoxville, Tennessee followed by pursuing another Masters degree in mathematics at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. He received certification in High School Administration from the State of Wisconsin., did further studies at University of Wisconsin Parkside and Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Mitchell subscribed to the principles of Christianity early in life and later accepted Christ as his Savior and was united with Secondary Missionary Baptist where he became an ordained Deacon. Deacon Mitchell eventually became a charter member of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church where he served faithfully until his death in positions of Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Financial Secretary, and leader in matters of Christian leadership. Joseph C. Mitchell was united in holy matrimony with Pauline Glenn on December 24, 1961 at Pleasant Hill Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Beachton, Georgia. Their union was blessed with two beautiful children – Christopher Virdon and Cheryl Veronica. Mr. Mitchell was inducted into the United States Army on January 15, 1963 and honorably discharged on January 14, 1965. He was stationed at Fort Myer, Arlington, Virginia with Secret Service duties at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. After graduating from college, he began his mathematics teaching career in Ocilla, GA where he also coached boy’s basketball. Then upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, he was employed as a mathematics teacher in Jesup, Georgia after which time he and his wife joined the staff of Hancock Central High School in Sparta, GA where they remained for four years. During his employment in Sparta, GA, he taught mathematics and physics and officiated boy’s basketball. Mr. Mitchell conceived the idea of helping teachers with meager salaries pursue a more secure financial footing via a cooperative financial institution. He then enlisted the support of a fellow colleague James Hill and founded the B.F. Hubert Federal Credit Union in Sparta, GA. He and his wife Pauline operated the Credit Union affairs out of their home. This early credit union venture led to a distinguished length of service as a board member and twice Chairman of the Board of the Educators Credit Union in Racine, WI as it expanded into numerous branches in Southeastern Wisconsin. In August 1969, Mr. Mitchell and his family moved to Racine, WI seeking better education opportunities for their young children. His career path included mathematics teaching at J.I. Case High School, Title IX Mathematics Coordinator at Central Office, Sub-School Principal at Horlick High School, and Directing Principal at J.I. Case High School, where he retired after seventeen years. During his memorable career, Mr. Mitchell was passionate about education and always challenged his staff and students to be the best that they could be. For Case High School, he coined the slogan “We are the Eagles…Up where we belong” which became a spirit cheer at athletic assemblies, as well as an encouraging mantra ending P.A. announcements before morning classes began. Mr. Mitchell possessed an independent, determined spirit and could be unrelentingly focused on his causes, dedication and pioneering efforts, and hobbies. All the while he was in good health, he was an award-winning photographer of landscapes, flowers, and places of interests. Mr. Mitchell possessed servant-leadership acumen with an independent, determined spirit and could be unrelentingly focused on his causes, dedications, and pioneering efforts, and hobbies. All the while he was in good health, he was an award-winning photographer of landscapes, flowers, and places of interest and a member of the Racine Camera Club. He was active in with memberships in The Racine Camera Club in Racine, Racine West Rotary International, Big Brothers of Racine, NAACP, Savannah State University Alumni Association, Phi Delta Kappa International, Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and Educators Credit Union Board of Directors. He gave freely of his time and resources without expectation of any monetary return, seldom requesting reimbursement for mileage and expenses. He was especially concerned about the educational advancement of the male African American population that sorely needed a boost. Joseph Charles Mitchell, Jr. departed this life on November 16, 2013 and was preceded in death by his parents Joseph C. Mitchell, Sr. and Ada Butler Mitchell and his siblings Lela Pearl Walker, John Robinson, Sarah R. Williams, Stanley Mitchell, and Evelyn Bradshaw. He leaves to cherish his memories: His devoted wife Pauline of nearly 52 years, beloved son Christopher Virdon of Racine, WI.; beloved daughter Cheryl Veronica of San Jose, CA; his Sisters, Eula Hill, of Bridgeport, CT and Birnell M. Hatcher of Atlanta, GA; Brother-in-Law William L. Glenn of Hephzibah, Georgia; Sisters and Brothers-in-Law Etheline G. (Kenneth) Thomas of Wilmington, Delaware, and Lillye A. G. (Tommy) Hart of Chicago, Illinois; Nieces and Nephews: Sarah N. Williams of Seattle, Washington; Virginia (Bernard) Lobe of Bainbridge, GA, Althea (Mallard) Benton of Atlanta, GA, John E. (Ashley) Robinson, II of Omaha, NE; Derwin Kurt Hill of Bridgeport, CT; Karen H. (Eric) Johnson of Bridgeport, CT; Linda Bradshaw Rogers of Cairo, GA, David Bradshaw of Massapequa, NY; Gary Bradshaw of Amityville, NY; Ronald (LaTanya) Taylor of Atlanta, GA; Tammy L. G. (Jason) Pompey of College Park, Georgia; Antonio Glenn (Kim Drayton) of Augusta, Georgia; Travis D. Hart of Chicago, Illinois; and Troy A. Thomas of Wilmington, Delaware; and a host of other relatives. As a faithful husband and father, steadfast Christian, humble and grateful servant, ever present jokester, and optimist, always doing the best he could he was comforted by a favored biblical passage as his life came to an end: Psalm 23: 4-6 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You propare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoist my hand with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Viewing/Memorial Celebration will be held on Thursday November 21, 2013, with viewing from 3:00-6:00 P.M. and Celebration of Life from 6:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M. at Wayman A.M.E. Church, 424 N Memorial Drive 53404. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Wayman A.M.E. Church, 424 N Memorial Drive. 53404 with In State 9:00 A.M. and Services at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Dr. James Campbell, Pastor Progressive Missionary Baptist, Officiant and Rev. Listowel Ayensu-Mensah, Pastor Faith United Methodist Church, Assistant Officiant. Interment in Chapel at 1:00 P.M. at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring Street, Union Grove, WI 53182. Repast; Approximately 2:30 P.M. Friday November 22, 2013, at Wayman A.M.E. Church. Arrangements by Reid’s New Golden Gate Funeral Home, Inc., 1910 Taylor Avenue, Racine, WI 53404

Published in Racine Journal Times from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2013