Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

December 26, 2013

Jim Mitchell


Knoxville — Funeral services for Jim Mitchell I, of Knoxville, were held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home with Sam Nichols officiating.  Burial followed in the Graceland Cemetery.  Katie Davis, vocalist, shared “Old Rugged Cross” and “Wind Beneath My Wings”.  Casket bearers included  Jim Mitchell II, Matt McKay, John Mitchell, Jim Hollingshead, Andy McKay and Joe Mitchell,  Honorary casket bearers include  Jessica Cameron, Kylie McKay, Krista Garvin, Jami Laird, Kayla Garvin and all of Jim’s many friends.

James Frank Mitchell I was born Dec. 11, 1932, in Knoxville, the son of Frank “Bunk” and Inez (Neely) Mitchell.

He was raised in Knoxville and graduated with the Class of 1951.  Following graduation, he attended Des Moines Technical Institute.  Through the years, Jim had worked at the Bingley Sale Barn, laid carpet for Dick Opie, was a police officer for the city, a Deputy Sheriff for Marion County, owned the Knoxville Pop Factory, worked for Agan Plumbing, and was part owner of Building Engineers.  Prior to retirement he worked for the Knoxville V.A. from 1981-1995, retiring as the Fire Department Captain.  After retirement, he drove a truck for Smith Fertilizer & Grain and was the head of Security at the Knoxville Raceway.  For the last 19 years, he and Chris have wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Jim was a huge advocate for Knoxville schools and the City of Knoxville as well.  He was one of the founders of Band Boosters Bingo, past president of the Knoxville Little League and was a volunteer fire fighter.  He was a member of Oriental Lodge No. 61 A.F. & A.M., of which he held every chair including past master six times.  He was also active in the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and the Isetta Unit.  Jim had an infectious smile and a quick wit, he never met and stranger, and he will be remembered by all who knew him as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Jim passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at his home at the age of 81 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Phyllis Mitchell and son-in-law, Mike McKay.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Chris; children:  Janice Hollingshead (Jim), Julie Cameron and Jim Mitchell II (Sharon); 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grand-children and his brother, William “Dick” Mitchell of Ankeny and many other family members and friends.

For those desiring, memorials may be made to the Knoxville Fire & Rescue Department.  Online condolences may be left at 

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