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In baseball, an out occurs when the umpire rules a batter or base runner out. The Scripture says we are to "run with patience (endurance, persistence) the race set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith - For consider Him that endured, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."(Hebrews 12:1-3) 

The staff and management of Harrington Funeral Home Inc. humbly announce the passing of the late: 

 Mr. Robert Lee Mitchell Jr. (75) of Valdosta Georgia. He was born on September 26, 1943 in Lowndes County to the late Robert Mitchell, Sr. and Clara Mae Mitchell. He received his education in the Lowndes County School System. He was a proud graduate and athletic standout at Westside High School. Robert worked and retired from South Georgia Medical Center as an EMT/Paramedic of 35 years. He was affectionately known to his co-workers as "CAPTAIN MITCHELL." He had the distinct honor to be hired as the first African-American EMT in this area! Robert accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour and served him until his dying day. He was an active member of the New Mount Zion Church.

In 1963, he married Gladys Williams Mitchell and to this union five children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Mitchell, Sr. and Clara Mae Mitchell; his wife, Gladys Williams Mitchell, daughter, Marvetta Patrice Mitchell, brothers, James "Buster" Copeland, LaTonn Mitchell and great grandson, Quentin Amehr Murphy.

Robert Mitchell or "Billy Joe" as he was known was a passionate and devoted Christian that took pride in being a Community Father and Leader. He always shared the Gospel and encouraging words to everyone he encountered. Billy Joe was a true ambassador of what it means to live your life as a man! He leaves to this world a legacy of PRIDE, HUMILITY, GIVING SPIRIT, CARING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, CARING FOR OTHERS, AND SERVING GOD!

He declared as the Apostle Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness...”

Robert L. Mitchell or "Billy Joe"  transitioned from this walk of life into the presents of his loving God on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory to his children, Keith Mitchell(Sheila), Merkeita Mitchell, Robert Bernard Mitchell(June), Reginald Mitchell(Melony); nine grandchildren, Kentarius Mitchell, Kristen Mitchell, Marvetta Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell, Kendra Mitchell-Means, Danielle Mitchell, Montavious Mitchell, Xavier Mitchell and Justin Mitchell; five great grandchildren Kentarius Cooper, Nyliah Fleming, Devonte Fleming, Kendall Murphy and Carter Havens; four brothers, Lewis Mitchell(Vonn), Lonnie Charles Mitchell(Timeka), John Edward Mitchell, and Emory Carl Mitchell(Lois-Deceased); four sisters Mary Lois Hart(Howard-Deceased), Brenda Griffin(Claude), Vonda Flannigan(Eddie B Flannigan-Deceased), and Priscilla Kelly; Goddaughter Annette Burgman also a host of cousins, church members, friends, and his Krystal's breakfast group.

Funeral Services honoring his life will be held on
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. from The Abundant Life Church of God - 3419 Knight Academy Road, Valdosta, Georgia. Pastor Wayne Hughes is pastor and Pastor Alonzo Miller will be the officiating minister, burial will follow in The Mt. Vienna Church Cemetery

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Mr. Robert Lee "Billy Joe" Mitchell Jr. (75)
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  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Harrington Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    Annette, sorry on the loss of your father. Praying God strengthen you and your siblings at this time.
    ~ Sharon Moore   Valdosta, GA
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    I was saddened to hear you'd passed away, but I know that your race has ended and peace with our Lord awaits. Rest well "Billy Joe"
    ~ Rosie M. Mckinnon Mosley   Tampa, FL
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    Rest in paradise Billy Joe.
    ~ Annie Kirk-Jenkins   Tampa, FL
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    Brother Mitchell will truly be missed, he has been and will continue to be a legacy in our community. Thank you Mitchell family for sharing him with all of Valdosta, through the community, the church, his careers, as well as the baseball field.
    ~ Pastor & Mrs Robinson   Valdosta, GA
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    This wonderful man will be truly missed. For as long as we have attended New Mt. Zion Church, brother Mitchell has welcomed us with open arms. I will miss him singing "All Night Long". My favorite song he sang. Now he is singing with the angels. Rest in Peace our sweet friend. We will see you again on the other side!!!!
    ~ Pastor Dennis and Sister Eva Grimsley   Valdosta, GA
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
    My friend Annette, sorry for you and your siblings lost. May The Lord keep you thru this trying time and know that he will strengthen each and everyone of you in the days and weeks to come. We love you. RIP Mr Mitchell.
    ~ Will Arnold   GA
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018
    God has you in his keeping we all's have you in I heart we will miss you. From Bernice Greene Roberts and family's
    ~ Bernice Greene Roberts   Oakland, CA
  • Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Billy, I never thought we would ever have to say goodbye to you. You will be truly missed. I love you!
    ~ Belinda Griffin   Valdosta, GA
  • Sunday, October 07, 2018
    BillyJoe I’m sure gonna miss you on this side of glory. My favorite kinfolks! Tell my cousin Gladys hey for me and mama nem, BeulahMae. Rest on my dear cousin.
    ~ Laura Lovett   Fort Pierce, FL
  • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    Praying for you and your family. Let us know if you all need anything. Cynthia Brinson (Anderson)
    ~ Cynthia Brinson   San Antonio, TX
  • Friday, October 05, 2018
    REST IN HEAVEN MR BILLY JOE
    ~ Tammy Hester   Columbus, OH
  • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    I will keep the family in prayer. Family remember that we have a Comforter.
    ~ Minnie Mitchell-Bell   Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    My deepest sympathy for the family .
    ~ Andre’ Norwood   Valdosta, GA
  • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    My deepest sympathy for the family .
    ~ Andre’ Norwood   Valdosta, GA
  • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    My deepest sympathy for the family .
    ~ Andre’ Norwood   Valdosta, GA
  • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    My heart goes out to the family. My prayers are with you all at this time.love you.
    ~ Mary Williams   Valdosta, GA
  • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    My condolences to the family in which I'm apart of. I will miss Billy Joe and those days as a kid he would fuss at me,Marvetta, KT, my sister Toyia, and the other neighborhood kids for walking on his grass! Love you cousin. Much love, The Daniels Family
    ~ Frantashia Daniels   Valdosta, GA