Willie Darryl Mitchell was described as loving life and living it to the fullest.
He never lost touch with his family. He would call his sisters just to say, “I love you.” He would take the time to visit many members of his extended family. Even in his battle with cancer he would call others to encourage them with their illness. He died December 21 at the age of 49.
Mitchell was born on June 28, 1962 in Philadelphia. He was the first-born son of Willie C. and Maxine Mitchell. He received his education in both the Catholic School System and the Public School District.
As a small child, when the family traveled, Mitchell could travel from Philadelphia to South Carolina standing in the front seat of the car. He continued to travel with the family this way until his head touched the top of the car.
Mitchell’s family also said that he was also very good at keeping track of his pennies. He would line them up in a single file and if one penny was moved, no matter how well you would try to fool him, he knew that one of his many pennies was missing.
Mitchell was baptized and became a member of Highway Temple of Deliverance.
When Mitchell was called upon to travel to South Carolina to take care of his grandmother, he did so willingly. He helped his grandfather take care of her. Mitchell was by her side until her death.
Mitchell returned to Philadelphia and continued to be a helper to the family. He helped his father in the family convenience store. Mitchell also helped take care of his mother who preceded him in death. He would mow the lawns of the many neighbors on Catharine Street. His house painting skills were excellent, and he was also exceptionally good at mathematical problems.
Mitchell leaves to mourn: father, Willie C. Mitchell; daughter, Tyesha; sisters, Zokie, Sharron, Wilhelmina and Margaret Gibson; brothers-in-law, Clarence Miller (Sharron), and Johnny Graham (Wilhelmina); second mother, Elizabeth Lampley; special friends, Arethia Medley, Micah Davis and Marnell Murphy, and Teresa Adams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Services were held December 30. Savin Funeral Home handled the arrangements.