Person:Robert Mitchell (117)

Col. Robert Wayne Mitchell
m. 5 Apr 1947
  1. Col. Robert Wayne Mitchell1948 - 2015
Facts and Events
Name[1] Col. Robert Wayne Mitchell
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 25 Apr 1948 Jackson, Madison, Tennessee, United States
Death[1][2] 11 Dec 2015 Jackson, Madison, Tennessee, United States
Burial[1][2] 16 Dec 2015 Highland Memorial Gardens, Jackson, Madison, Tennessee, United States

'Bob' Mitchell was a man of many interests. He was an aviator, a County Commissioner, a business owner, a historian and an avid genealogist who contributed much to our knowledge of Jackson families of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Bob's 'Jackson and Associated Families' tree, containing 7427 people, is here: In later years he laid aside his Jackson research to focus on his Mitchell research named 'Southern Roots'.

His daughter said of the following article: "Both he and my mother had a teaching spirit and he would've loved this article."
This (slightly edited) article by David Thomas was published in the Jackson Sun (Tennessee) 9:29 p.m. CST December 14, 2015.

"Steve Hardee's thoughts returned to his boyhood days when he learned that Robert "Bob" Mitchell had died Friday. "When I was a kid, I used to work on my tricycle or bicycle at the body shop Bob's father owned in Bemis," Hardee said. "It was Mitchell's Body Shop on D Street, and that's how I got to know Bob. I also remember a Mach I Mustang covered up and sitting in a corner while he was in Vietnam."

"Bob Mitchell, would later open his own repair shop — Mitchell's Body Shop — on Riverport Drive, and was instrumental when Hardee decided to open his own shop — Collision Specialist Inc. "I worked with Bob at Truex Chevrolet, and he helped me with a business plan; helped me organize my company, and he was not afraid of me being a competitor," Hardee said. "We talked pretty much on a weekly basis when he was still operating his business."

"Bob Mitchell retired from the body shop in 2010.

"I saw Bob about two weeks ago at Snookum's Restaurant in Henderson," Jimmy Arnold said. "He was eating by himself, and I sat down and talked with him for six or eight minutes." Arnold said he and Bob served on the Madison County Board of Commissioners. Mitchell served on the commission for two years in the early 1990s.

"Arnold remembered Mitchell's passion. "Bob was a big supporter of education," Arnold said. "That's what stands out." Arnold said he was equally impressed by Bob's attention to detail at Mitchell's Body Shop. "My daughter was in an automobile accident, and we went to his business," Arnold said. "Bob Mitchell's Body Shop was probably one of the best in Madison County. We were very satisfied with the work. Everybody respected Bob. He was a very good person; a very good friend."

"Arthur Johnson, a county commissioner since 1966, said he knew of Bob Mitchell's work ethic before he was elected to the county commission. "He was always a worker," Johnson said. "Bob came from a working family. I knew his dad, who also owned a farm on Perry Switch Road."

"Gary Austin, who owns Gary Austin Advertising, said that when he visited Mitchell's, he was not always looking to sell promotional products. "Bob helped get me started in business, and I applied what he had to say about business," Austin said. "I liked going there … not to sell, but to have fun and talk." "He never really talked about his experiences in Vietnam, but Bob was a businessman. He was all U.S.A. He was a great guy with a lot of wisdom … a customer who turned into a great friend."

"Bob Mitchell retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard with the rank of colonel, and during the Vietnam War he served as a pilot in the 281st Assault Helicopter Co., the first Special Operations Helicopter Company in the United States Army, according to information his family provided to Arrington Funeral Directors.

"Besides serving on the Madison County Commission, he also served on the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport Authority.

"Funeral services for Mitchell will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway."

Bob Mitchell's obituary published in The Jackson Sun from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, 2015 -
Bob Mitchell, 67, died Friday, December 11, 2015.

He was born April 25, 1948 in Jackson, TN, the son of Robert Samuel Mitchell and the late Marie James Mitchell. Bob graduated from Southside High School and earned a B.A. in History. He was former owner of Mitchell's Body Shop, retiring in 2010. Prior to joining Mitchell's Body Shop, he was associated with Truex Chevrolet. He served on the Madison County Commission and the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport Authority. He retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard with the rank of Colonel and served during the Vietnam War as a pilot in the 281st Assault Helicopter Company, the first Special Operations Helicopter Company in the United States Army.

Bob is survived by three daughters, Melissa Mitchell Spence and husband Andy of Jackson, TN, Amy Mitchell Bechtol and husband Nate of Hickory, North Carolina, Shelley Mitchell Carter and husband Barry of Beech Bluff, TN, his father, Robert Samuel Mitchell of Jackson, TN, two sisters, Judy Mitchell Lyell of Portland, TN, Janet Mitchell Smith of Jackson, TN, and five grandchildren, Hayden Spence, Harrison Spence, William Bechtol, Anna Bechtol, and Benjamin Bechtol.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sherry in 2014 and his mother, Marie James Mitchell.

SERVICES; Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 11:00AM in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors with Rev. Bill Luther officiating. Burial will follow with full military rights at Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will be receiving friends Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 4:00PM until 6:00PM at the funeral home.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to 281st Scholarship Fund, c/o Walt Pikul, P. O. Box 41035, Fayetteville, NC 28309.

Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 w. University Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305. 731.668.1111. See more at:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Obituary of Robert 'Bob' Mitchell.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Find A Grave.

    There are TWO memorial pages for Bob Mitchell, both showing different photos of him, not his gravestone. (photo when young) and (photo when older)