James E. “Bubby” Mitchell, Jr. was born to the late James E. Mitchell, Sr. and Gladys Thomas Mitchell on March 8, 1936 in Wilmington, Delaware. James peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Christiana Hospital.
James was educated in the Wilmington Public school system and proudly graduated from Howard High School in 1955, earning his diploma and certification in Culinary Arts. After graduating from Howard High School, James enlisted and served in the United States Army for several years being stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland and served as a Culinary Specialist.
James was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to Wilmington subsequent to his sacrificial service to our nation. James was gainfully employed with the Wilmington Public School System as a cook, and then Head Chef for the Colonial School District. James enjoyed cooking not only for school children but also for his family and church family which he did for many years. James was also employed as a Custodian at Delaware Park and also served for 15 years in the Breakfast Ministry at Bethel AME Church for the homeless. After retiring from the school district James helped to start the first “African American” owned Bail Bonds business in the State of Delaware, T & H Bail Bonds. James loved working for T&H Bail Bonds, doing all he could to help the business until his health would not allow him to continue.
James accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior at a young age; dedicating his life to God and the Church. James joined the #1 Church of God in Christ Church at 6th and Poplar Street, which was later renamed the Mother Church of God in Christ, under the Pastorate of the Late Rev. Ross B. Rainey. James loved good gospel singing, as he was smitten by the voices of the Late Roger Roberts, Sunny Rush and the melodious voice of then Evangelist Emma L. Creamer.
Brother Bubby as he was affectionately called, was dedicated to his church and Rev. Rainey. After Rev. Rainey’s passing Bro. James followed the legacy of Rev. Rainey as the Church transitioned to the Cathedral of Fresh Fire under the Pastorate of Rev. Rainey’s daughter, Bishop Emma L. Creamer and now Rev. Helena M. Creamer, Senior Pastor. Using his gift of helps, he was a member of the Culinary Ministry, served as a member of the Trustee Board, and as a participant of the Men’s Ministry. James was a faithful and giving member, being a father and light to many of the young people therefore; earning the name of “Uncle Bubby” to us all and the honor of being the oldest and longest member of the Cathedral of Fresh Fire Church. Uncle Bubby was a kind, humble and compassionate man of God. As a native of Wilmington’s (Eastside), he was well known in a variety of venues. “Uncle Bubby” loved spending time with his natural and spiritual family always finding time to support his many nieces and nephews in their many extra-curricular activities. Uncle Bubby will always be remembered as a distinguished gentleman, always looking sharp, driving his Cadillac’s and always helping his people.
He leaves to cherish his memory, two sisters, Peggy Edwards and Elizabeth Henry (Franklin). In addition, he leaves to cherish his memory, one chosen son, Elder Vaughn Watson (Lindsay), one chosen daughter, Evangelist Jadean Mills, one Godson, Le’Andre Creamer; A devoted caregiver Miss. Barbara Watson; caretakers, Deacon Darrell Armstrong and Minister Travon Wooten; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends, and the Cathedral of Fresh Fire Church Family.
Celebration of Life Service will be at 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Cathedral of Fresh Fire, 2300 Northeast Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802, with viewing from 3-4:45 pm only. Interment will be 11 AM, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear, Delaware .
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