June 6, 1930 – October 8, 2022
James P. Mitchell, Jr., 92, of Brinson, GA, died Saturday, October 8, 2022.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at Brinson Baptist Church with Reverend Robert Crapps and Reverend Ellis Harwick officiating. A private interment will be held at Brinson Cemetery with his grandsons serving as active pallbearers.
The family will receive friends immediately after the service. Online visitors can sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. Memorial donations can be made to the Brinson Cemetery Fund, PO Box 693, Brinson, GA 39825 or Agape Care Group, C/O Serenity Gives Foundation, 1111 A Hillcrest Parkway, Dublin, GA 31021.
James Powell Mitchell, Jr. was born June 6, 1930 in Jakin, Georgia, the son of James, Sr. and Naomi Carter Mitchell. He was a graduate of Brinson High School, Class of 1949. James proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring at age 22. He married Nell Cobb in 1977 and life took on new meaning. He was a member of the Brinson Baptist Church.
Quiet and humble, a man of a man, strong in his faith, James didn’t brag or brag and treated everyone the same. He had a fairly distinguished military career but preferred not to make a fuss about it. In fact, some commendations and medals were recently discovered that he never mentioned.
Brinson was home, the center of the family, to James. His first trip away from “home” was while enlisting in the USAF. The world has become his oyster; he traveled the world admiring sights and sounds for decades. His mind was a steel trap and always looking for solutions to the problems he encountered. James was an inventor and held patents for inventions like a missile carriage and machines that picked up downed fighter jets, among others. Again, no big deal.
His military retirement is a decision he made out of love for his family. James couldn’t bear the thought of being deployed to Germany with a college-going girl. Family was first. He continued to work the cogs of his mind in home building noting the importance of the smallest details.
The inventor, family protector, outdoorsman who loved to fish “the creek” was the same man spoiled by the love of his life, Nell. (Nell is said to have had no idea James was quite self-sufficient when she met him. Another one of those stories he didn’t talk about much.) He was the living example of “doing good” and d to love his people.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Nell Cobb Mitchell; his children, Gail (Jerry) Tack of Bradenton, FL, Lisa (Thom) DaSilva of Brinson, GA, Kathy (Gary) Shierling of Ft. Myers, FL, Susan Brock of Brinson and Denise (Ricky) Cutts of Dothan, AL; his grandchildren, Shana Schmitz, Alexa Tack, Sara DaSilva & Jacob, Aaron & Erin DaSilva, Zach & Amanda Brock, Cannon & Jenna Shierling, Sloan Shierling & Amber, Tyler Cutts and Kaylee & Kaleb Cubbage; his twelve great-grandchildren; his siblings Ed Mitchell, Harold Mitchell and his wife, Gloria, Joe Mitchell, and Earl Mitchell and his wife, Jennie; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by his siblings, Edna Jackson, Edith Storey, and Annie Mitchell; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Fran Mitchell, Ann Mitchell, Robert Jackson and George Storey.
The Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is helping the family make arrangements. (229-246-3321)