MANILA — John Haskin Mitchell, 94, of Manila went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
He was born Aug. 29, 1926, to Roy Landis and Rebecca Thompson Mitchell in Chigger Ridge, near the Promised Land community outside of Blytheville.
He was a World War II veteran and joined the Marines in January 1945. He was stationed on Guam in the South Pacific.
During the war, he was a rifle marksman and warehouseman. He was also a member of the American Legion.
He married Annabell Lutes on Dec. 2, 1950. He worked for many years at the federal building in Blytheville for the General Services Administration and retired in January 1990.
John repented of his sins and placed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized on April 30, 1950. He was a faithful member of New Liberty Baptist Church for over 60 years and served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member.
He and Annabell moved to Manila in 2014 and joined First Baptist Church. One of his greatest joys was to tell others how they could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He and Dr. D.J. Brewer shared the good news of the gospel with many in the Blytheville area.
He was an avid quail hunter and loved to fish for crappie. He coached pee wee, Little League and Jr. Babe Ruth baseball.
He was a great example to many young boys that he coached over the years. He loved to tell stories of his childhood during the Great Depression and enjoyed attending his grand and great-grandchildren’s ball games.
His favorite baseball team was the St. Louis Cardinals. In later years, he enjoyed playing Bean Bag baseball at the Senior Citizens Center in Manila.
John Haskin was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Eugene Mitchell, Dallas Mitchell, Julian Mitchell and Kenneth Mitchell; and two sisters, Mildred Bruschi and Elizabeth West Warren.
He is survived by his wife, Annabell Lutes Mitchell of the home; one son, Greg (Patti Jo) Mitchell of Jonesboro; one daughter, Susan (Tracy) Keller of Manila; two grandchildren, Megan (Ralo) Brown of Jonesboro and Will (Abbi) Clark of Bella Vista; and three great-grandchildren, Jude Vincent Mitchell, Ruby Rae Brown and Raleigh Mae Brown, all of Jonesboro.
Graveside services for the immediate family will be held today in Elmwood Cemetery at Blytheville.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family requests any memorials be made to New Liberty Baptist Church, 2804 U.S. 61, Blytheville 72315 or Manila First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1304, Manila 72442.
Carney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.