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Thomas E. Mitchell

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Aug 29, 1946 – Jan 2, 2021 (Age 74)


August 29, 1946
January 2, 2021
Richmond Hill, Georgia


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Richmond Hill Funeral Home Obituary

SUNRISE: August 29, 1946 - SUNSET: January 2, 2021

Saturday – January 16, 2021
Family Visitation: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thomas Edgar Mitchell was born August 29, 1946 to the late Andrew and Lela Mitchell
in Chicago, Illinois. Named after his two grandfathers, Thomas accepted Christ at an
early age at Sun Chi Win Christian Camp in Bristol, Indiana. Thomas was a member of
Calvary Baptist Church, in Chicago, where his father was an Associate Minister. He
attended Word of Faith Christian Family Center in Savannah, Georgia.
Thomas was a native of Chicago, Illinois where he attended Cooley Upper Grade
Center and Wells High School. He holds an Associate Degree in Political Science from
Harry S. Truman College. He received the very first Truman Award. He began his
military journey on April 25, 1966. He has been stationed on several Naval installations
and abroad. He received the National Defense Service Medal.
After leaving the Navy, he joined the Chicago Police Department, where he proudly
served for a few years before landing his dream job at the Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. He worked at the MWRD for 30 years before
retiring as a department supervisor.
Thomas married Barbara Bogan and to this union Angela Mitchell was born. Thomas
would also Father Portia Keith, Kim Waller, Antonio Mitchell, and Thomas Powell-
On March 26, 1994, Thomas married Betty Jamison and became the stepfather to two
daughters: Shellia Portwood and Melanie Brooks. Thomas and Betty relocated to
Richmond Hill, GA, February 2017, where they would enjoy their retirement, family and
the warm weather.
Thomas loved his family. He enjoyed traveling, music, and having fun with friends and
family. Thomas battled many health challenges but remained strong and faithful until the
end. He made his transition in Richmond Hill, Georgia on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
He now resides at 101 Heaven bond.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: (Marvin) Wayne Mitchell, Terry
Mitchell, Lela Mitchell, and Bernice Howze; three brothers-in-law: John Olive, Clarence
Howze, and Louis Elzy, Jr., sister-in-law Rose Mitchell and his beautiful
granddaughter Barbara Renee Mitchell.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Betty Mitchell, five children: Angela, Portia, Kim,
Antonio, and Thomas (Tommie), two stepdaughters Shellia and Melanie (Mel),
siblings: Doris Scott, Marie Olive, Andrew Mitchell, and Alice Lynn Elzy, a sister-in-law
Coleen Mitchell, 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and many special friends.


You filled the house with fun and laughter,
You filled the streets with mischief.
Your story will live ever after,
Your love for life was this gift.
When streetlights were lit, 
and the mood suddenly hit,
Your falsetto voice filled the air, so bright,
You sang: In the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight.
When threats went down against family in the city,
You became Al Capone and Jack, Frank Nitty.
Yet time for celebration and you were light-hearted,
People waited for get the party started! 
We'll miss your silliness, your wit, your clowning,
We'll even miss your complaining, your shouting, your frowning. 
Oooooh we’ll all miss you for one reason or another,
My father, my uncle, my brother.
We love you, Tommy, Go with God,
the Mitchell Family♥️ ALE


It’s hard to believe that you are gone

You will always have a place within our hearts that no one else can fill

You’re a dear and special stepfather/grandfather

Who we love and always will!
Your stepdaughters and grandkids

Dearest Friend

Although you can’t be here with me,
we’re truly not apart until the final breath I take,
you’ll be living in my heart. ♥️Philip Neyland

Honorary Pallbearers

Lindsey (Jack) Jones III Philip Neyland
Dennis John Olive Thomas Allan Scott
George Williams Duane Loynes
Raymond Manaigo Shaquan Kendell Brooks


Psalm 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow
of the Almighty. 2  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I
trust. 3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome
pestilence. 4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his
truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the
arrow that flieth by day; 6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction
that wasteth at noonday.  7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee. 8  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of
the wicked.9  Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy
habitation; 10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy
dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12  They
shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13  Thou shalt tread
upon the lion and adder:  the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under
feet. 14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on
high, because he hath known my name. 15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will
be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and
shew him my salvation.


The family of Thomas E. Mitchell would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation
for the expressions of love, phone calls, words of encouragement and continued

prayers during this time of bereavement.
God Bless each of you!

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Rest in peace friend. You will be greatly missed.

Layla Amara Powell-Mitchell, Thomas E. MITCHELL's Granddaughter.

I wish you had gotten a chance to meet her, but she will know who you are

We miss you granddad. I promise to take care of your wife and make you proud of me. I love you, RIH❤ Kendall

Condolences to the entire family.

My prayers go out to the family. You will truly be missed Tommy.

My prayers and condolences to the Family, my friend you will be truly.

In memory of a well love person.
Tommy, you will be greatly missed!

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