, Port Arthur, Texas


February 27, 2014

James Edward Mitchell

PORT ARTHUR —    James Edward Mitchell went peacefully into the sunset on Monday, February 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother Elvia Washington Mitchell Nickerson, his father Johnny Dean Mitchell, his stepfather Taft Nickerson. Sr., and his brothers Johnny Dean Mitchell, Jr. and Emmett Albert Mitchell.

   James was born in Hallsville, Texas on September 17, 1937, and grew up in Marshall, Texas. He was baptized at age 8 at Jerusalem Baptist Church and remained there until he moved to Port Arthur, Texas. He was a very active member of Boy Scouts of America, traveling to National Scout Jamborees, scouting excursions to Monterrey, Mexico, as well as state events. He earned the Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout status, serving later as a Scout Master.

   He was educated in the Marshall Public schools, graduating from Pemberton High School and attending Wiley College, where he met several lifelong Port Arthur friends. In high school, he became a skilled clarinetist and traveled yearly with band to compete in musical contests in Little Rock. Arkansas. He worked as a laboratory technician at Texaco Refinery and Star Enterprise. He was a member of the now-defunct West Side Kiwanis Club. For many years he enjoyed local and deep sea fishing with his co-workers, friends and wife. He enjoyed flower gardening and impatiently waiting for the flowers to bloom. While waiting for the flowers to bloom, he collected and hoarded junk. He loved talking and joking; he would talk to anybody if they stopped long enough to listen.

   James is survived by his wife Annette, son Dennis Wayne Mitchell, and daughter Kim Annette Mitchcll-Price. He is also survived by his siblings: Dr. Emma Jean Brown of Dayton, Ohio; Evelyn D. Mitchell, Betty Mitchell, Johnie Pearl Quails, Ralph Nickerson. and Gail Freeman of Dallas, Texas; Taft Nickerson, Jr. of McKeesport, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Alvin F. Fontenot, III, of Port Arthur, Andrew D. Fontenot of Houston, and Kiah Annette Fontenot of Prairie View; and a loving extended family of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and longtime friends.

   Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 1st at 4:00 P.M. Hannah Funeral Home Chapel.

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