Deacon James Fendley “Bugg” Mitchell, 75, a native and resident of Jackson died Friday, March 8, 2013 at a Thomasville Nursing Facility. He was born to the parentage of the late Fendley Mitchell and Annie Boykin Mitchell.
“Bugg” as he was affectionately called, was a member of New Saint Matthew Baptist Church in the Lilly Valley Community where he served on the deacon board, worked in the Sunday School and was instrumental in the implementation of several ministries. He was also a member of the American Legion, National Chapter.
He received his B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Alabama A&M University where he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He served in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge. He was the first black person to be hired at Allied Paper Company, presently Boise. He retired after 31 years of employment as a storeroom clerk.
He is survived by his wife of 44 ½ years, Johnnie Pearl Clarke Mitchell of Jackson; son, Marcus (Michelle) Mitchell of Woodbridge, Va.; five grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; one brother, Eugene (Audrey) Mitchell of Mobile; two sisters, Minnie Lou (Rev. Albert) Ridgeway of Jackson and Bessie Ann (David) McBride of Thomasville; devoted aunt, Wilcy Boykin of Jackson; devoted brothers in-law, Isadore (Margaret) Clarke of Mobile and Larry (Fanita) Clarke of Daphne; devoted sister-in-law, Joli (Major) King of Lake Elsinore, Calif. and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dereck Jarmaine Mitchell, three brothers and two sisters.
Viewing will be Friday, March 22 from 12 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home and also Saturday, March 23 from 10 until the 11 a.m. at service at New Saint Matthew Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. Tyrone Pogue officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Andrews Funeral Home directing.
Condolences to the family at www.viewobit.com.