The pilgrimage of life began for John Henry Mitchell in Allendale, South Carolina, on March 31, 1943. He was the son of the late Harry Go and Henrietta Riley Mitchell. Following an earthly stay of 77 years, this pilgrimage came to a close for our beloved on Monday night, March 8, 2021. Our beloved was nurtured and reared in Allendale, South Carolina. While in Allendale, South Carolina, he attended Allendale County Public Schools. At an early age, he joined Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Gifford and became a member of St. Peter AME Church in Gifford, South Carolina.
In 1961, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, and was united in marriage to the late Mary Sue Wilder Mitchell. Before moving to Brooklyn, he worked as a construction worker for Daniel Construction Co. in Greenville, South Carolina. After relocating to Brooklyn, New York, he became self-employed as an Automotive Mechanic. In 1996, he moved back to South Carolina and worked happily as a painter and mechanic, until he retired. He was very attached to his immediate family and showered them with love, compassion, and devotion. He was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Riley; father, Harry Go; and beloved wife, Mary Sue Mitchell. After a well-lived life, our beloved now enjoys a fuller and richer life with God, his Maker and Redeemer.
Those who were enriched by his presence and are left to cherish his fond memories include: sons, Carl Drayton-Mitchell of Arlington, VA, and Antonio Mitchell of Brooklyn, NY; daughter, Avis Mitchell of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren, Cherese, Theo, Kureem, Naquan, Antonio, Shamar, Jayden, and Coi; two brothers, Roosevelt (Obanner) Mitchell of Hempstead, Long Island, NY, and Otis Mitchell of Mt. Vernon, NY; three sisters, Prudence Williams of Allendale, SC, Doris Brooks of Columbia SC, and Janice (Sigo) Solomons of Estill, SC; one brother-in-law, Moses (Sarah) Wilder of High Point, NC; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Fordham of Thomasville NC, Pearlethia (Johnny) Postell of Thomasville, NC, and Maggie (Tommy) Stanford of Tucker, GA; aunts, Janie Mitchell and Ola Watts of Philadelphia, PA; nine great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Dale Mitchell of North Dakota; special goddaughter, Marsha Cullins of Greensboro, NC; special friends, Herman Lee Thomas, Morris Miller, and Langsley Newton; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
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