Phillip C. Mitchell, Sr., 70, a longtime Skagit Valley resident, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 in Bellingham, WA surrounded by his family.
Phil was born on May 14, 1946 in Waynesville, NC, the son of Chester & Marie (King) Mitchell. He was raised and attended school in Canton, NC until 1961 when the family moved to the Burlington-Edison area later moving to Hamilton in 1964.
On June 4, 1965 Phil was united in marriage to Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Anderson and they made their home and raised their family in Lyman, Hamilton and finally in Birdsview.
Phil worked in the woods as a tree faller for several years; then starting Phil Mitchell Construction, he built custom homes around the valley and then in 1983 began a long career in the auto industry, working first for Doyle Guffie’s Rallye Auto, then as a car buyer for over 20 years for Vern Sims Ford and Sims Honda.
Phil built, along with many volunteer members, the Northwest Missionary Baptist Church in Hamilton, where he was a charter member and Deacon. His father Chester was Pastor there for 35 years. Phil loved the Lord and music, singing gospel music with the Glory Road Quartet. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, being in the mountains and woodworking.
Phil is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth at the family home in Birdsview; his children, Janet Jamison and husband Drew of Bellingham, Phillip Mitchell, Jr. and wife Cheryl of Birdsview and Jennifer Lawal and husband Mike of Kent; sister, June Queen and husband David of Sedro-Woolley; brothers, Mike Mitchell of Punkin Center and Darryl Mitchell and wife Cheryl of Sedro-Woolley; 6 grandchildren, Beau, Briley, and Clancy Mitchell, Syann Swihart, and spouse Jeremiah, Colby McCoy, and spouse Lysandra, and Logan Jamison; 3 great-grandchildren, Waylon, Joseph and Georgia Swihart; uncle, Glen Mitchell and wife Rosalee of Samish Island; mother-in-law, Katherine Anderson of Franklin, NC; sister-in-law, Rose Mitchell of Sedro-Woolley; Liz’s 4 sisters and 1 brother and their families in NC & WA and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester & Marie; brother, Gary Mitchell; sister-in-law, Sheila Mitchell and father-in-law, George Anderson. Memorials are suggested to Children’s Orthopedic Hospital or the VA park in eastern Sedro-Woolley.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the NW Missionary Baptist Church in Hamilton. Visitation will be available Wednesday thru Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and on Saturday from 9 AM to noon at Lemley Chapel.