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Mitchell Jr., Bishop James K. Age 78, transitioned to his heavenly home on December 8, 2013. He was born in Gary, IN, to the late James and Gertrude Mitchell. He married his wife of 59 years to which nine children were born. Preceded in death by his parents. He graduated from Frobel High School in 1953 and served in the USMC. He retired after thirty years of service at Combustion Engineering. James attended Moody Bible Institute, Purdue University and IVY Tech earning an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering. Bishop Mitchell attended Jerusalem Baptist Church pastored by Rev. E.B. Joyner. In 1959 he joined Christ Temple Church of Christ Holiness, (COCH), was called to the ministry in 1960, accepting positions as pastor in Akron Ohio, and Christ Temple 2472 Pierce St., Gary. Bishop Mitchell moved the congregation to a larger facility at 4201 Washington Street in 1979. By the year of 1988 he was elevated to the bishopric to preside over the North-Central Diocese, where he pastored the Cathedral, in St. Louis, MO. He held a host of national positions to include the office of the 2nd Vice President of the National Convention of the COCH. In 1993 he returned to Gary and established Emmanuel COCH, Merrillville, Indiana 1996. He is survived by his wife, Olvetta (Cherry); children, Brenda (Reginald), Anthony (Michelle), Janet (Theodore), James, Gertrude (Lucien), Melvin (Judy), Jarrett, Michael (Rae), Lisa (Ardell); brothers, Walter, Charles, William, David and Thomas; sisters, Estelle Edwards, Audrey Mitchell, Sondra Russell, Muriel Cotillier, Iris Gambrell, and stepsister, Constance Mitchell; twelve grandsons and three granddaughters. Visitation Friday, December 13, 2013, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. family hours 5:30p.m.7:30p.m. at Emmanuel COCH, 125 E.73rd Ave. Merrillville, IN. Funeral services Saturday, December 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m., Christ Temple COCH, 4201 Washington, Gary, IN. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

Published in the Post Tribune on Dec. 11, 2013
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