George D. Mitchell, Sr.- from labor to reward

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George Davis Mitchell Sr. (Couresy Photo)

George Davis Mitchell Sr. was the youngest of the four Mitchell brothers. He was born on January 1, 1952 and passed away Dec. 28, 2020. George became involved in his family’s fight for freedom early in life, with the encouragement of his mother, noted civil rights attorney Juanita Jackson Mitchell; grandmother Dr. Lillie May Carroll Jackson; and father “The 101st U.S. Senator” Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. In 1961, at the age of 9 he protested the Klu Klux Klan, with his father, on their family’s front. George readily assisted his father in water hosing Klan members who dared show themselves at the family’s house. He also became a black belt in karate at the Master Riley Hawkins “Shorin Ryu” karate class. George told his brothers that he had earned his black belt to protect their family home from any other Klan visits. George Mitchell also took to performing arts as a young person. Among his brothers, he had the best singing voice and played the trumpet, like his eldest brother, the Late State Senator Clarence M. Mitchell III. Fortunately, because of his gifts, he grew up performing at the Sunday NAACP Mass Meetings. Also, George eventually became part of the Sharp Street Church Troop 275 of the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Boys Latin School, as an outstanding tackle on their football team. He then attended Morgan State University as an athlete and a scholar. In 1980, with a vast construction and real estate background, George developed and managed the $5 million “section 8” property, known as Upton Druid Apartments. George Mitchell is survived by his family, inclusive of his wife Gail Raquel Mitchell; son George “Rocky” Mitchell; daughter Karla Rachel Mitchell, and grandson Kyle Avi Mitchell.

A memorial service will be held at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 16th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the church has asked that anyone planning to attend provide their phone number in advance. The service will also be livestreamed www.livestream.com/mssav/georgemitchellsr.