Funeral services for Annie Mitchell will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at First Baptist Church, Helena.
For 101 years, God graced us with the presence of kind soul to enrich and enliven our lives through her love, wisdom, and “thriftiness.” During the time we shared with her she adhered to the principle of being an involved participant and not a detached spectator. She touched the lives of many through her vocation as a teacher, an ardent church worker, a devoted wife and aunt, a community activist. Funeral services for Annie Mitchell will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at First Baptist Church, Helena. Interment will follow immediately in Jackson Memorial Cemetery at Lexa. Annie Lucille Lyles was born the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyles, Wednesday, June 21, 1911 in Mellwood. In 1925, Annie graduated valedictorian of her class at the age of 14. Her best friend, Mrs. Cassie Bell, was salutatorian. She was baptized in March of 1927 at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. She later joined First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until her death. Annie married Albert D. Mitchell on April 15, 1930. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 24, 1983. Albert preceded her in death. At the time when Mrs. Mitchell started teaching you did not need a college degree. Since she graduated number one in her class she qualified to teach the younger children and thus her journey began. Mrs. Mitchell graduated from Philander Smith College on July 27, 1958 at age 47 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her teaching career expands from Postelle, Lake View and ending with more than 35 years in the teaching profession at Jefferson Elementary in Helena. Mrs. Mitchell was faithfully serving as trustee board chair, finance committee chair and former Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church. She was also instrumental in purchasing the church in 1985. Her favorite saying was “You may be the only church some people see.” Mrs. Mitchell was an active member of the Nancy Elizabeth Proffitt Federated Club as well as the Phillips County Retired Teachers Association. She only resigned from her position with the retired teachers, she continued in all other positions until her death. Mrs. Mitchell departed this life Sunday, June 2, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory, six nieces, Dr. Sandra (Samuel) Demons of Georgia whom she helped raised, Linda Harris of Kansas City Mo., Zella English of Lawton Okla., Ann Beard of Columbia S.C., Vicky Combs of Stuttgart; a special adopted niece, Annettta Trice, three nephews; Dr. Henry (Emily) English of Pine Bluff, Albert English of St. Louis, Mo. and Lazaro (Linda) English of Marianna; a sister-in-law; Catherine English; and a host of great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, cousins; a lifelong friend, Floree Martin and Para Conner; and many dear friends. Mrs. Mitchell's visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Jackson – Highley Funeral Home Chapel.