A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 132 Bumphead Road, Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery, Ashby Street, Americus, Georgia.
Graveside services, including burials, are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
James was born January 6, 1963, in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia to the parents of the late John Mitchell Sr. and Eva Jewel Mitchell. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jeffery Mitchell, and sister in law Loretta Cook Mitchell. He was educated in the public school system of Sumter County and was a 1981 graduate of Americus High School. Following high school he attended and graduated from West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia. He was also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He also attended South Georgia Technical where he earned degrees in Early Childhood Education and Culinary Arts. After college he was employed by the Americus Times Recorder. He worked in the education field with special needs children in the Sumter County and Dooly County School Systems. He was also employed for years with Middle Flint in the C&A and Substance Abuse Program before he became disabled.
He was a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church where he joined at an early age. He was also a founding member of the first black Boy Scout troop of America which was started at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
James was a devoted uncle to all his nieces and nephews who he helped raise and spoiled. He was devoted to his fur babies and the neighborhood animals. He is survived by his mother Eva Jewel Mitchell, Americus, Ga; brother John Mitchell Jr., Americus, Ga; sister Valarie Mitchell (Terry Jackson); sister-in-law Bridgett Mitchell all of Covington, Ga; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.