Radford Mitchell

August 5, 2020

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Devoted, selfless, faithful, compassionate, understanding, neat, and orderly are just a few of many words you can use to describe the man named Radford Mitchell, Sr.  He was born January 17, 1937 to Maxine Preston in Rural Hall, NC.  After his education, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for many years. He worked for the Department of Defense at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where he met his wife Thelma Mitchell. Other places of employment for him include J.C. Penny’s and an auto company who specializes in stripping cars.

He was a hard worker but he always had time for his hobbies such as fishing, he was quite a world traveler, watching old movies, westerns, and game shows especially Family Feud.  He said, watching that show kept his mind sharp.  He enjoyed playing board games and cooking.  He had his specialty spaghetti in which he made his own homemade sauce.  It was a favorite among the daughters in which they would request it when they came home from college.  He was a big Washington Redskins fan.

He was a caring man and wonderful father who loved his family.  He had five children from a previous marriage and welcomed two more children when he remarried.  He adopted a son and accepted full custody of two small grandchildren.

His wife Thelma, helped win him to the Lord, and he became a faithful servant for Christ.  He joined Holy Light Church of Deliverance for almost 40 years.  He loved his church and served as Co-Chairman of the Deacons board, the President of the Male Usher board, a Team Lead for the Outside Security, a member of the Progress board, a member of the Executive board, and a member of the Pastors Committee.  He worked closely with the Bishop.  Deacon Mitchell was known for making sure the committee met their obligations.  Even after his health began to decline, he stayed faithful and made calls, ordered badges, suits, etc. for the usher board.

Radford was preceded in death by his daughter, Leviatirce Richardson.  He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Thelma Mitchell; four daughters:  Carla Moore, Daphne, Daphne Mitchell, Michelle Mitchell, and Tracie Mitchell; three sons:  Radford Mitchell, Jr., James Canon, and Geni Mitchell; his mother, Maxine Preston; his sisters:  Emma Addison and Martan Lathan; two granddaughters he raised:  Shaydra and Ladeuysha; two close friends: Freeman Godfrey and Hilton Long; and a host of relatives and friends.

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August 13, 2020

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Keith Matthews Funeral Home
5665 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502

Funeral Service
August 14, 2020

1:00 PM
Keith Matthews Funeral Home
5665 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502


Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery
5310 Milners Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23434

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