Joann Mitchell, 82, of Carthage, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus following a long illness.
She was born September 18, 1929 in Indianapolis, a daughter of the late Thomas and Grace (Carlisle) Barnhill.
Joann married the love of her life, Max R. Mitchell, on December 29, 1945 at the Vine Street Methodist Parsonage in Shelbyville.
She was a farmer’s wife and for many years a pastor’s wife. She excelled in her role as homemaker and spent many years with her husband in ministry. They pastored churches in Iowa and Indiana.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Rev. Max R. Mitchell; two sons, Darrell D. Mitchell of Liberty and Rev. Rollin L. (wife: Debora) Mitchell of Carthage; a daughter, Julia (husband: Rev. David) Garrett of Brandenburg, KY; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; three half-brothers, Thomas Barnhill of Indianapolis, Steven Barnhill of Poland, IN and Patrick Barnhill of Independence, OH; a half-sister, Janice Breust of Indianapolis; a brother-in-law, Howard (wife: Kathryn) Mitchell of Edinburgh; two sisters-in-law, Helen Mays and Mary Hill both of Shelbyville and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Lee and James Edwin Barnhill both who died in childhood; a sister, Norma Stocklin and a half-brother, Richard Barnhill.
She has entered the joy of the Lord. She was a devout Christian and blessed everyone with her singing and her ministry in prayer. She was a member of the International Conservative Holiness Association and attended the Early Methodist Church in Carthage. Her works do follow her.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Franklin Church of the Nazarene, 140 Branigin Rd, with the Revs. Norman Palmer, Joseph Smith, Buddy Perry and Peter Casalino officiating. Burial will follow in Second Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Sugar Creek between Franklin and Shelbyville.
Friends may call from 4 – 8 p.m. Friday at the Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home in Shelbyville.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Sproles Family Funeral Home in New Castle. You may send the family a personal condolence at www.sprolesfamilycares.com.
Sproles Family Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Joann Mitchell.