Robert L. Mitchell "Jake," 91, passed away Dec. 24, 2012, in Mansfield Place, Philippi.
He was born Nov. 23, 1921, on a farm near Arden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie "Hamp" and Ida Robinson Mitchell; his wife, Ruth Matthews Mitchell; and twin sons, Kevin and Kyle. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Gay Mitchell; sister and brother-in-law, Waunda (Forrest) McGee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wilburt (Betty) Mitchell and Wilford (Mary) Mitchell; and daughter-in-law, Marsha Poling Mitchell.
He is survived by his son, Robert L. Mitchell II of Charleston; and daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly (Paul) Willson of Waldwick, N.J. Also surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Willard (Elaine) Mitchell of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Jayson and Justin Mitchell, Amanda and Matthew Willson; and many nieces and nephews.
Jake was a graduate of Philippi High School with the class of 1941. He served four years in the Army during World War II as a field artillery sergeant. He served in North Africa, Sicily, and in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy and was a recipient of the bronze star. Jake retired from the coal industry as a maintenance person and truck driver. He was a member of Crim-Memorial United Methodist Church, Bigelow Lodge 52 AF & AM, Philippi Eastern Star Chapter 41 and American Legion Post 44. His crowning glory was his family. In Philippi, he was a presence of humility, friendliness and down home values. He was once asked, "Jake, why don't you run for mayor?" His reply, "I'm afraid I would win!" So long Jake, you will be missed by all.
Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi Friday, Dec. 28, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service hour with the Rev. Tim Bleigh officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Garden in Quiet Dell with military honors being accorded.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.