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Mitchell, B.E. "Boss"

Alleyton, Jan. 8. - A little after 4 o'clock this afternoon an old colored man named B. E. ("Boss") Mitchell, while walking up the track of the main line Southern Pacific, was run over and killed by eastbound passenger train No. 8. The old man, who was know to be deaf, had a sack of meal on his shoulder, and neither heard nor saw the oncoming locomotive until too late. No blame is attached to the train crew, since the engineer blew the whistle for the man to get off the track, but he paid no attention to the warning. [Place of interment unknown]

The Weimar Mercury, January 16, 1904. page 8
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mitchell, Benjamin Franklin

Death of B. F. Mitchell.

News was recieved[sic] here Sunday bv relatives, announcing the death of Benjamin Franklin Mitchell, which occurred that day at the home of his son, Eugene Mitchell, on Nolan street. The remains were brought to this city Monday afternoon and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery, the funeral obsequies being performed at the Baptist church by Rev Chas. Pond in the absence of the local pastor, Rev. Isaac Sellers. The funeral was largely
attended by sympathizing friends of the family. Mr. Mitchell, together with his good wife (who, we regret to learn, is In very feeble health), moved to San Antonio last year, since which time Mr. Mitchell's health declined until it was realized that the end was near. The deceased was a resident of our city for many years. He owned quite a lot of farming land in this section, and was reputed to be quite wealthy. He was a man of quiet, absteminous[sic] habits, attentive to his own business, a good neighbor, friend and christian, a member of the Baptist church (being quite a large contributor to the building of the handsome First Baptist church of this city), and was popular and highly esteemed by the people of Weimar and vicinity. He was a veteran of the late civil war, being a member of Griffin's battalion, and, saw service at Houston, Galveston and Sabine Pass. He was a native of Tennessee. He and his good wife were married Nov. 22 1855, and came to Texas in 1860, first settling near Alleyton. Six children--Dr. Theo. Mitchell, Dr. H. H. Mitchell, Eugene Mitchell, John T. Mitchell, Dr. J. L. Mitchell and Mrs. Zue Darby--survive this union. He and his wife celebrated their fifty sixth wedding anniversary in San Antonio in November last year. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in the sad loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, February 23, 1912, page 1

Mitchell, Billie H.

Mitchell, Billie H., Sr.

Billie H. Mitchell Sr., 84 of Eagle Lake passed away July 9 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born April 10, 1925 in Sinton to Willie L. Mitchell and Ruby L. Wilson.

He served in the United States Navy and was an Auto Insurance Adjustor up until retirement.

He married Ollie Jane Martin Mitchell on Jan. 22, 1946.

He was a member of the Wesley United States Methodist Church in Corpus Christi.

He became a resident of Eagle Lake in 1995.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Laura Laverne DeFries; brother, Bobby Mitchell; and sister, Patsy Schleuter.

He is survived by his wife; son, Billie H. Mitchell Jr. and wife Carol of Columbus; and grandchildren, Alyssa Roaten, Eric Mitchell and Christie Whittaker.

Funeral service took place July 14 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor John Jones officiating. Graveside service took place July 14 at Stockdale Cemetery in Stockdale

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 2009
Photo courtesy of The Citizen

Mitchell, Buck

Weimar News (From the Colorado Citizen of Jan. 11, 1894)

Sunday morning at about 10 o’clock a young negro man by the name of Buck Mitchell, son of old “Uncle Ned” Mitchell, a very respectable darky living at Borden was shot and instantly killed by his cousin, Nelon Nance. The trouble grew out of a settlement over a horse. The parties met on the farm of W. A. L. Smith at Borden, hot words ensued, the d__n lie passed whereupon Nance drew a 38 calibre five shooter and drove a ball through the left side of Mitchell from the effects he died immediately. After the killing Nance made a hasty departure. Offices gave immediate chase and the murderer can have but little hopes of ever getting away. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 13, 1924

In a dispute over the ownership of a horse recently killed by the railroad, Nelson Nance and Buck Mitchell;, two young negroes living near Borden, got into a difficulty on W. A. L. Smith’s place last Sunday morning, and Nance shot and almost instantly killed Mitchell. Nance was arrested the same day by Constable A. M. Townsend, and on Monday afternoon ws taken to Columbus to jail to await the action of the next grand jury.

Weimar Mercury, January 13, 1894

Mitchell, Emma (Kincheloe)

Mrs. E. K. Mitchell succumbs at 79

ROCK ISLAND--Funeral services were held at the Methodist church yesterday at 11 a.m. for Mrs. Emma Kinchloe[sic] Mitchell who passed away at her home in Houston Monday morning at 12:45.

Mrs. Mitchell born in Colorado county 79 years ago, has been in bad health for sometime but suffered a stroke last week.

She is survived by 4 children. Mrs. Sumner Eaton of this place is a sister.

Interment was in Myrtle cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, August 9, 1956

Mitchell, Era (Coffee)

Mrs. Era Mitchell, Columbus Native, Dies in Houston

Graveside servIces were held in Weimar [Odd Fellows Cemetery] Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Era Coffee Mitchell of Houston, widow of W. Eugene Mitchell, who died In a Houston hospital Friday. She 79.

In Houston, services were held at the Bering Methodist church, with Dr. Marcus Chunn officiating.

Mrs. Mitchell was born in Columbus and was a twin sister of Mrs. Drew Baker, who was buried in Columbus last September. She had lived In Houston 12 years and was a member of the Methodist church and of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by 2 nieces, Mrs. Albert E. Pavey of Houston and Miss Era Lee Baker of Alexandria, La., and a nephew, Drew M. Baker, of New Orleans.

Colorado County Citizen, June 6, 1957, page 4

Mitchell, Eugene

Eugene Mitchell, Sr., 46, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1993.

Born Jan. 3, 1947, he was the son of Edna Mae and Johnny Mitchell of Eagle Lake. In 1965, he graduated as a straight-A student from E. H. Henry High School. He married Claudia Mae Williams shortly after graduation. Funeral services were held Jan. 4, at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Coby Shorter Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery, West Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Roland Crystal, Belvin Boone, Melvin R. White, Joel Foster, Walter Foster and Jimmy foster. Honorary pallbearers were friends and family.

Mr. Mitchell is survived by his mother, daughter and spouse, Debbie Lorraine Mitchell and Jeffrey Tarver of Austin; son Eugene Mitchell Jr. of Eagle Lake; son and daughter-in-law Archie Ray Mitchell and wife Trisha of Vilseck, Germany; Alberta and Howard Lee Boone of Kingsville; Aunt Idelia and Husband Billy; two granddaughters, Arnett DeShaun Mitchell and Candice Nicole Shropshire, both of Eagle Lake and Arnett and Candice; his former wife, Claudia; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Johnny Mitchell.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mitchell, Floyd "Pee Wee"

Floyd “Pee Wee” Mitchell

Floyd “Pee Wee” Mitchell, passed away Oct. 16.

He was born in Colorado County, Nov. 16, 1936 to Laura and Bennie Mitchell . He attended Columbus public schools and worked as a mechanic and on electronics.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carrie Mitchell; brothers, Bennie Mitchell Jr., Robert “Man” Mitchell, Ray Author Mitchell and Lloyd “Fat” Mitchell; sisters, Berta Mae “Bert” Mitchell Cooper, Leola “Sista” Mitchell, Ida Mae “Tit” Mitchell and Alene “Moot” Mitchell Coleman.

He is survived by sons, Rovin Denley and wife Theresa of Columbus and Gregory Denley and wife Roncia of Katy; daughters, Darlene Wright of Houston, Vanessa Stovall and husband Willie of Columbus and Tashia Syse of Chicago, Ill.; step-son, James Franklin of Galveston; sisters, Lillie Mae Connor of Kendleton; brothers, Willie Mitchell of San Antonio and Joe Mitchell of Bay City; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Oct. 24 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Eugene Thomas officiating. Interment followed at Gay Hill Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Raymond Moore, James Washington, Don Williams, Paul Ashton, Larry Woods, Larry Burford and Larry Alley.

Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Cleveland, Eric Jones, Herman Johnson, Blake Denley, Mason Denley and Phillip Moore.

Colorado County Citizen, October 27, 2009

Mitchell, Ida Mae

Ida Mae Mitchell, 85, of Houston, passed away July 26.

She was born in Colorado County April 26, 1924 to Laura and Bennie Mitchell. She attended public schools in Colorado County. She moved to Houston and worked as a domestic housekeeper for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bennie Mitchell Jr., Robert Mitchell and Lloyd Mitchell; and sisters, Bertha Mae Mitchell Cooper, Leola Mitchell and Arlene Mitchell Coleman.

She is survived by her sister, Lillie Mae Conner of Kendleton; brothers, Floyd Mitchell of Houston, Willie Mitchell of San Antonio and Joe Mitchell of Bay City; special friends, Penny Gamble and Jill Lueders of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 1 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Hargrove officiating. Interment followed at Gay Hill Cemetery in Columbus.

Ida Mitchell’s nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Joe, Willie and Floyd Mitchell.

Colorado County Citizen, August 4, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Mitchell, Jane

“Aunt Jane Mitchell,” an old and faithful servant formerly belonging to Mr. M. Muckleroy, died on Tuesday, at the extreme age of ninety-eight years. Mr. Muckleroy purchased her in 1847 , in Alabama, at the age of 52. She was an African, but an honest, faithful servant, and has remained with Mr. Muckleroy for 46 years. She has been unable to do much for the past ten years and has been supported mainly by Mr. M., aided by $4 from the county for the past few years, she being placed on the pauper’s list. She retained her faculties to the last, and died of old age. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 26, 1883

Mitchell, Joe

Colorado Citizen: Joe Mitchell, a negro who was working on a well on W. E. Bridge’s farm near Columbus, met sudden death Wednesday morning at eleven o’clock while at his work. He stepped on a beam supporting the windlass and the rope holding it gave way letting the entire weight of 800 pounds strike him in the breast. He died instantly. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1914,page 1

Mitchell, Johnny

Negro Navy Vet Is Charged With Murder Here

Ernest E. Jones, negro veteran of World War II, surrendered to Sheriff Harvey Lee of Colorado County at the Cason store at Matthews where he appeared on Monday afternoon, having fled shortly after fatally stabbing Johnny Mitchell, young negro filling station attendant in a fracas in the “flats” about 11 o’clock on Saturday night.

Jones who was reared in the neighborhood of Eagle Lake was a cook in the M. L. Anderson home.  He spent four and a half years in the United States Navy serving in the Pacific, and was honorably discharged.

Mitchell was employed at the Magnolia Service Station operated by Walter Meitzen, Jr.   He had worked for S. C. Cooper at the station while it was under [illegible]management.  He bore a good reputation, according to a statement by the men for whom he worked.

Jones fled after the stabbing and was not heard of until he appeared at the Cason store on Monday afternoon asking to surrender to the law.  Sheriff  Lee ws called and took the negro to the jail in Columbus where he was charged with murder.

Jones is said to be about 30 years old, and has four children living with their grandfather on the Anderson ranch at Matthews.  Mitchell is said to be about 21 years old.  He was buried on Monday afternoon.  [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 1, 1947, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Mitchell, Lloyd “Fat”


Lloyd “Fat” Mitchell, 59, of Columbus, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 1995 in a Columbus nursing home.

Born Nov. 17, 1936 in Columbus, he was the son of Bennie and Laura (Collins) Mitchell. He grew up in Columbus and was a long-time member of Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church. He was married to the former Deborah Thompson.

Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. G. W. Clark officiating. Interment followed in Gay Hill Cemetery in Columbus. Funeral arrangments[sic] were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Bennie Coleman, Percy Coleman, Arthur Coleman, Michael Coleman, Darnell Conner, Robin Dently, Gregory Dently, Leon Tatum, John L. Johnson and James Washington. Honorary pallbearers were Percy Coleman Sr., R. D. Coleman, Belvin Conner and Floyd Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, a son Lloyd Mitchell Jr., and a daughter, Andrea Nicole, all of Columbus; sisters Alene Coleman and husband Percy of Columbus, Lillie Conner and husband Belvin of Kendleton and Ida Mae Mitchell of Houston; brothers, Floyd Mitchell and Ray Mitchell, both of Houston, Joe Eddie Mitchell of Bay City and Willie Mitchell of San Antonio; aunts Becky Collins of Houston, Jose Collins of San Antonio and Eunice Collins of Columbus; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1995, page 16

Mitchell, Merrill Lonnie

Merrill Mitchell Services Held Here May 8

Merrill Lonnie Mitchell, 65, of Weimar passed away on Saturday, May 1.

He was born on Jan. 12, 1945 to Merrill and Inease Mitchell.

On Oct. l, 1960, Merrill dedicated himself to Jehovah as one of his Witnesses.

Lonnie loved people, which motivated him to be involved in several aspects of his Christian ministry.

As a member of the Weimar Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Lonnie served four years as a regular auxiliary pioneer and over 20 years as an elder and service overseer.

His love, faithfulness, hard work, and dedication have not gone unnoticed and will be greatly missed by those who love him most.

He is survived by his loving wife Gloria Elaine, whom he married on July 2, 1980.

He is also survived by five children:  Teri Jackson, Scarlette Holley, Kentley Holley and wife Krissie, Derrill Anthony, and Melanie Dawn; two brothers, Roynold Louis and wife Joan, Danney Ray and wife Joana; two sisters, Pamela Joy Thompson and husband William, and Inease Lanier Nash and husband Rodney; 10 Grandchildren: Duran, Armani, Olivia, Abigail, Jayden, Harrison, Angelique, Avery, Laynee, Baylee; two aunts; one uncle; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Many will remember Lonnie for the appointments he made with them to run a foot race in paradise.

Services were held on Saturday, May 8, in Weimar. [burial place unknown]

The Weimar Mercury, May 13, 2010
Contributed by Joyce Stancik

Mitchell, Neuman D.

Neuman Mitchell Funeral Services Held Dec 20

Neuman D. Mitchell, of Hallettsville, died Dec. 15 in Hallettsville. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Father John C. Bily officiating.

Interment followed at the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Neuman was born Aug. 8, 1929 in Weimar to Malinda Mueller and Marshall Mitchell.

He attended Muldoon School District.

Mr. Mitchell married Stella Mitchell in 1982 in Victoria.

Neuman was a retiree from H. B. Zachry Company.

He is survived by his children, Wesley D. Mitchell of Lockhart, Sandra Brown of Austin, Delores Mitchell of San Antonio, Gleen D. Mitchell of Fort Worth, Troy L. Mitchell of, San Antonio and Lamont Green of New Braunfels.

He is also survived by his siblings, Othella M. Mitchell of Houston, and Tobis Mitchell of Beaumont; and 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, two sisters and three brothers.

Pallbearers were Larry Mitchell, Glen Miller, Donald Mitchell, Pael Mitchell, Kenneth Mitchell and Tobis Mitchell Jr.

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 2006, page 3A

Mitchell, Ollie Jane (Martin)

Mitchell, Ollie Jane Martin

Ollie Jane Martin Mitchell, 83 of Eagle Lake passed away July 11 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born Jan. 22, 1926 in Jourdantan to George Lorenzo Martin and Laura Lee Henry.

She married Billie H. Mitchell Sr. on Jan. 22, 1946.

She was a retired administrative assistant for the Corpus Christi Independent School District.

She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi.

She became a resident of Eagle Lake in 1998.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and daughter, Laura Leverne DeFries; half-brother, Buster Martin; and half-sister, Polly Baty.

She is survived by her son, Billie H. Mitchell Jr. and wife Carol of Columbus; grandchildren, Alyssa Roaten, Eric Mitchell and Christie Whittaker; brother, Patrick Martin and wife Susan of Merriott Island, Fla.

Funeral service took place July 14 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Graveside service

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 2009
Photo courtesy of The Citizen

Mitchell, Roger G.

R. G. Mitchell Buried Tuesday at Rock Island

Funeral services were held at three o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Rock Island for Roger G Mitchell with burial in the Myrtle Cemetery. Rev. Joe Thompson of the Garwood Methodist Church officiating Mr. Mitchell, who resided in Houston, passed away September 21 in San Antonio. He was 40 years old. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen B Mitchell., sister, Mrs. Edna Holt of Houston; two brothers, Richard Mitchell of Twin Fall and Jack Mitchell of Houston and his mother Mrs. Emma Mitchell of Houston. Sympathy is expressed to the Mitchell family in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight; September 27, 1946
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Mitchell, Sarah Ann (Adams)

Death of Mrs. Sarah Ann Mitchell

Widow of Late B. F.. Mitchell, Dies at Ripe Old Age, at Karnes City, Texas

Died, Tuesday, Oct. 4th, at the home of her son, Mr. John T. Mitchell of Karnes City, Mrs. Sarah Ann Mitchell, widow of the late B. F. Mitchell, and for many years one of the most highly respected and popular christian ladies of this community. The remains were brought to this city the following day and interred that afternoon in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, after impressive and touching funeral services at the First Baptist Church, of which she had long been a faithful consistent member. The services were conducted by Rev. Isaac Sellers, who more than forty years ago, had the honor of baptizing this most worthy lady as a member of the Baptist Church, and who was ably assisted in the services by Rev. M. C. Ellison, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church of San Antonio, who had been commissioned by the lady herself in lifetime to conduct said service. The services were touching in the extreme, and the many tearful countenances in the large crowd present amply testified to the high esteem in which Mrs. Mitchell was held by the citizenship of our community.

The pall bearers were Rev. Isaac Sellers, T. A. Hill, J. J. Armstrong, Sr., W. P. Watson, T. S. Doggett and E. F. Shortt.

Mrs. Mitchell’s maiden name was Sarah Ann Adams. She was a daughter of the late Tom Adams, a most highly respected citizen of Tennessee, and was born in that state Dec. 24, 1834. She was united in marriage to the late B. F. Mitchell in that state Nov. 22, 1855. They moved to Texas sometime in the fifties, and made their home in and around Weimar for many years. After the death of her husband and due to feebleness and ill health she made her home with her son, John T. Mitchell, at Karnes City up to the time of her death, where she was given every attention and her every want fulfilled. She died as she had lived, a consistent, christian woman, at peace with her Maker, and willing to go and join the loved ones who had gone on before.

Decedent leaves one daughter, Mrs. Zue Darby of Houston, and five sons, as follows: Dr. Theo. Mitchell of Gonzales county, Dr. H. H. Mitchell of Coleman county, John T. Mitchell of Karnes City, Eugene Mitchell of Houston, and Dr. J. L.. Mitchell of San Antonio, besides numerous grandchildren, relatives and friends.

As stated previously, Mrs. Mitchell had made her home in Weimar for many years previous to her removal to Karnes City in 1915. Here she was konwn[sic] by everyone and highly regarded for her many kindly christian traits. She was a most lovable woman in every respect, one who looked on the bright side of life at all times, one whose faith in Christ and His comforting religion never wavered or faltered even in the most trying hours. Her comforting words and presence inspired hope in the hearts of many with whom she came in contact. She was a woman whose presence radiated cheer and solace to many an aching heart in her lifetime, and she will be sadly missed by the myriads of friends who knew and loved her. As a wife and mother, she was unexcelled, and the splendid family of boys and girls she raised proves what a careful mother she was. As a neighbor and friend, she was all that could be desired. She was thoughtful of those about her and their sorrows and cares were lightened in many instances by her sweet words of comfort and love. She was a noble,devoted, christian woman, the like of which is not often met with in this day and time.

God bless and comfort the bereaved children left behind is our earnest prayer.

Weimar Mercury, October 14, 1921, page 1

Mitchell, Will

Will Mitchell, a well-known negro resident of this section, died last Wednesday and was buried the following day. [place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 1902, page 2

Mitchell, William Eugene

Eugene Mitchell, Weimar Native, Rites Held Here

Funeral services for Eugene Mitchell, 73, retired conductor of the Southern Pacific railroad, were held here Sunday, Nov. 28, with the pastor of the Memorial Methodist church of Houston officiating.

Rev. W. E. Brown assisted in the services, held from the First Baptist Church here. Interment was in City Cemetery.

Mr. Mitchell was the last of seven Mitchell children who were born and reared here. He was an uncle of John F. Walker of Weimar and Jim Darby, formerly of here. Until his retirement about 10 years ago, he made his home in San Antonio and was conductor on an SP passenger train that passed regularly through Weimar. Upon retirement he moved to Houston. His wife, Mrs. Era Mitchell of Houston, is has only immediate survivor.

Weimar Mercury, December 3, 1948, page 1

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