On December 15, 1946, Arnold Bennett Mitchell affectionately known as Benny was born in Spring Hill, WV and the Mitchell household was forever changed. He departed this life back to the presence of God, May 6th, 2021, and again changed the life of his family and friends. Benny was the last of four children born to loving parents, Reverend James Napoleon Mitchell Sr., and Lilie Mae Mitchell.
Benny was educated by Kanawha County schools, and was an all-around athlete, lettering in track, baseball, and basketball. He graduated from South Charleston High School in 1965 and later attended trade school to learn carpentry. Benny was a union man who worked as a cement finisher and carpenter. He moonlighted as a night club manager for over thirty years where he adopted every young person as family and shared his unique wisdom to all that would listen.
Benny accepted Christ as a young man at Mount Zion Baptist Church in South Charleston. In his later years, he united with Grace Bible Church under the covering of Pastor Matthew Watts.
Benny was an avid sports fanatic and would never hesitate to announce that he was for America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, amid a crowd of Steeler fans. He could list the stats of all his favorite players at the drop of a dime. Benny loved to fish, dance, and play cards. He was an active member of the Pinochle Club. Benny had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He was a strong supporter and defender of his family and friends. It has always been said that Benny Mitchell never met a stranger.
Benny was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Michael Mitchell and Roderic Young, and sister, Ida Cyrus.
Benny is survived by his wife, Regina Mitchell, sons, James "JT" Mitchell of Ohio, Jabbar Thompson and Antoine Brown of West Virginia, daughters, Misty Fowler (Michael) of Illinois, Amber White of Connecticut, Sherlon R. Scott of Virginia and Aneas Harbin Mitchell of West Virginia, brothers, James "Mitch" Mitchell, Jr., and John Mitchell both of West Virginia, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
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