Norman Elvery Mitchell was born to Frank and Mattie Mitchell of West, Texas on January 16, 1936. He was the third born of five children.
Norman accepted Christ at an early age. He was a member of Bold Springs Baptist Church in West, Texas from 1946 to 1976. He later united with Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in 1976 where he was a devoted Deacon, brotherhood president, and choir member.
Norman graduated in 1954 as a salutatorian from Dunbar High School in West, Texas, and furthered his education by attending Prairie View A & M University. In 1958 he earned a certificate from the Industrial Education department in the field of Masonry. After college, he was an active-duty soldier in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. In 1961 he began his career with Owens-Illinois Glass Plant in Waco, Texas while continuing his Army reserve duties until 1964. He continued his work at the glass plant and after thirty-three years of employment, he retired in 1994.
Also, in 1961, he met and began a courtship with Dolores Porter of Pelham, Texas. They married in 1964 and from that union, two children were born; Ronald and Sonya. His determination to provide and be a great father was equally matched by being a lovable grandfather to Jose Torres and Alicia Mitchell (Ronald) and to Sydney Black and Ryan Black, Jr. (Sonya).
Friendly, outgoing, sweet, caring, sharp, loveable, and “a character” are some of the words family and friends use when referring to him, including his domino buddies. Norman made sure he carved out time, a few days a week, to engage in some dominoes. Before his health declined, church and the Dallas Cowboys were the only things that would delay his domino time.
After almost fifty-two years of marriage, Norman was preceded in death by his wife Dolores. He was also preceded by his parents; Frank Sr. and Mattie Mitchell; his siblings Theola Mitchell, Frank Mitchell, Jr. and Novyce Johnson.
He leaves to cherish his memory; a brother, Emanuel Mitchell, Sr. (Maple) of Las Vegas, Nevada; his children, Ronald Mitchell (Angela) of San Antonio, Texas and Sonya Black of Waco, Texas; his four grandchildren, and a host of loyal, devoted nieces, and nephews who will miss their Uncle Bo.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Wendell Jackson who dedicated several hours, every single day, to care for his church member and friend.
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