James E. Mitchell, age 67, resident of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 at St. Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit, MO due to complications of congestive heart failure.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 7:00PM at DW Newcomers Son’s Longview Funeral Home located at 1700 South Raytown Rd., Kansas City, MO 64149. The family will be receiving guests beginning at 5:00 PM.
Jim was born July 19, 1941 to James and Grace Mitchell in Tekoa, Washington. He lived in Plummer, ID and graduated from Plummer High School in 1958 where he excelled at track, basketball, and football. He attended the University of Idaho although he never finished his undergrad there. Jim proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1960 – 1963, after an honorable discharge he was accepted into the Master’s program at Pepperdine University where he received a degree in Public Administration in 1973. Soon after graduation he started Black and Mitchell Co. with his Partner Tom Black in El Toro, and later became the Chairman of the Board at The Bank of Orange County in California. After the birth of his first daughter in 1982, Jim moved his family to the Midwest where he pursued an accounting career. He made many contacts and friends all over the United States, some that he served for over 25 years. After the birth of his second daughter in 1987, he became a founding partner in the CPA firm of Hawkins, Shipley and Mitchell. He retired in the fall of 2007 and spent his time traveling, studying photography, and reading his vast collection of books.
James was preceded in death by his father for whom he was named. His is survived by his mother Grace, six siblings; Sandra, Patrick, Sharon, Michael, Daniel, Joseph, and his three children Scott (44), Hanna (26), and Haley (22).
“I somehow hope my small light will be a beacon in the night, and when extinguished there might be an afterglow to follow me.” (Laverne Mitchell) Jim’s Uncle
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Jim’s Memory at the visitation.