Joseph Shehigh Mitchell, Jr., 70, of Catawba, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at his residence while surrounded by his family. He was born on February 5, 1952, in Bartow, FL. A son of the late Joseph Shehigh Mitchell, Sr., and Lillian Irene Foglesong Mitchell.
Joe was outdoorsmen in so many ways. He loved hunting, fishing, times spent with family and was always up for a game of cornhole with friends. He was a retired Foreman with Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He worked for many years in the B&B department and worked at the East End Shop. He loved his family and loved animals of all kinds. He raised many wild animals that he was able to rescue throughout his years. He was loved dearly and will be missed by all that knew him.
Joe is survived by his wife, Donna Gardner Mitchell; three sons, Joseph Shehigh Mitchell, III and his wife, Amanda Kaye, Joshua Allen Mitchell and Jamie Barrett Bogle; two grandchildren, Mia Kaye Mitchell and Joseph Shehigh Mitchell, IV; one brother, William Henry “Billy” Mitchell and his wife, Elaine; one sister, Rebecca Fox and her husband, Bill; a very special young lady who he claimed as his daughter, Briana DeSanctis. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Penny, Pam and Maryluz for the tender that care that they showed Joseph.
A memorial service and celebration of Joe’s life will be conducted at 11:00am on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Lighthouse Bible Church in Vinton, VA with Pastor Jay Richards officiating. For those wishing to make memorial contributions in Joe’s memory please consider The American Diabetes Foundation or Gentle Shepherd Hospice. To send condolences online please visit tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Roanoke is assisting the family.