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John Mitchell

John Cleveland Mitchell

Monday, July 6th, 1936 - Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
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On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, our Eternal Father decided to call John Cleveland Mitchell into eternal rest. It was on this day, he made the transition peacefully at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends. He was born on July 6, 1936 to the late John A. and Candise Odella Smith Mitchell.
Cleveland attended the Roxboro Elementary School and graduated from the John B. Bond High School, Lewiston, North Carolina. After high school graduation, he joined the United States Air Force where he served for 21 years. During his tour of duty Cleveland received countless of numbers of awards, certificates for his exceptional performance. Cleveland was a decorated serviceman with a long list of accolades. He retired from the Air Force June 1971 with a rank of E8. During his service years he continued his education studies at Saint Leo University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
After Air Force Retirement, he began a work career for Civil Service. He employed at Norfolk Naval Station as a Distributional Facility Manager. After 20 years of service, he retired for the second time in September 1997. He was then able to dedicate time to his favorite hobby, "lawn care service." Not was this just his enjoyment and pleasure; this allowed him to see that his late brother-in-law, Willie Rascoe's lawn was well maintained and groomed.
In 1956 he was joined in Holy Matrimony to his lovely bride, Vina Mae Rascoe. To this union, one son was born.
At an early age, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savoir and joined Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Roxboro, North Carolina. Throughout his Air Force career he and his family were under the watch care of other Churches. In recent years he joined and enjoyed a weekly Bible Study group in the home of brother in-law, David (Jean) Rascoe in Chesapeake Virginia.
Those who hold his memory dear are his devoted wife, Mrs. Vina Mitchell, Chesapeake, VA; two sons, John Junior (Phoebe) Mitchell, Hampton, VA and Wendell Mitchell, Chesapeake, VA; five loving and dedicated grandchildren, Alonzo (Armille) Mitchell, Maryland, Breon (Cierra) Mitchell, Upper Marlboro, MD, Johnathan (Felisha) Mitchell, Hampton, VA, Aerial (Lorenzo) Mitchell-Modest, Williamsburg, VA, DeVon (Brenda) Hinton, Newport News, VA; three brothers, Earl Mitchell, Hephzibah, GA, Freddie (Judylynn) Mitchell, Salisbury, MD and Dr. Edward (Debbie) Mitchell, Las Vegas, NV; two sisters, Ida Smith, West Milford, NJ, and Shirley (Harry) Conyers, Hephzibah, GA; eleven great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, an attentive God son, Charles Williams, Cheaspeake, VA; a devoted and loving sister in-law, Fannie Deloatch; caring brother in-laws as well as a host of extended relatives and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 12:00pm
    Second Calvary Baptist Church
    2940 Corprew Ave
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
    5310 Milner's road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
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I’m truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. We look forward to the day when all those in the memorial tombs will hear Christ voice and come out, John 5:28,29
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LaVeda Rascoe Brown

Posted at 08:40am
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to Aunt Vina, Wendell and the entire Mitchell family. Uncle Cleveland lived a great life and although I will miss him dearly, I will never forget him nor the life lessons he shared with me and my family. May God's peace and comfort be with us all as we mourn the loss of a great human being.
Love, LaVeda Rascoe Brown and Family ~ Antonio, Austin and Brianna

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Our heartfelt condolences go out to Aunt Vina, Wendell, and the entire Mitchell family. Uncle Cleveland will never be forgotten and forever loved.
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