Sympathy Saturday: Johnny Roy Mitchell, Sr.

     Your name, Johnny Roy Mitchell (my birth father) and the few items on this blog post is all I would have had of you, but somehow by the age of 21 you had three other children, my younger siblings whom I have gotten to know and love.  I have no memories of your existence, as the relinquishment papers were signed before I took my first breath.  I searched for you, and couldn’t find you.  You were a brick wall that finally came tumbling down when I found your sister Aunt Debra, may she rest in eternal peace.
     This was the first photo Aunt Debra gave to me of you….A splitting image of my youngest son, Michael.  When I saw this photo, I knew I was your child.
Johnny Roy Mitchell, Sr.
10 May 1951-14 Oct 1972

   I am not really sure why your life had to end so young, but the newspaper article about your death is what led me to you.  It was like you wanted to be found, and since then my world opened up and my family expanded.

Johnny Roy Mitchell
News Pilot, San Pedro, CA
Pg. A2

      I heard various stories of why you died.  We know it was an overdose, but it was a possible homicide.  The investigation did not go too far, and the decision was made that it was an accident.  We will never really know the truth.  Living the life you led sent you to an early death.  I grieve for you because you became a statistic at a time when it took a prayer and a blessing for  black males in the “ghetto” to make it to 21 without either dying, or living life in prison.  I just hope and pray that you have peace as you slumber into eternity.

Death Certificate Deferred

Final Death Certificate


Johnny Sr. and Mary Mitchell

      With the union of Johnny Roy Mitchell and Rosemary Lara (deceased) I was blessed with siblings that I would get to know (Herlinda, Johnny and David) and cherish.  (I had a different mother). I could not imagine my life without them.

David & Me
Our first photo together

Johnny Roy Mitchell, Jr

Herlinda Mitchell & Me


Sympathy Saturday: Johnny Roy Mitchell, Sr. — 8 Comments

  1. I was impressed by your story. There is a Mitchell in my tree as well. The world is a small place, I too had to look for a missing Father, found him passed away also. Were all from Madison Ms. Thanks

  2. I’m loving the 80’s hair and I need that Whte outfit for a Family Reunion! LoL! I can see his eyes in yours. This was so loving.Hoping your Aunts filled in the blanks for you along the way of LIFE. This was special and Thanks for sharing!

  3. My husband also went searching for his father he never met. He is dead also. We still haven’t been able to connect with family members or get pictures. I am so happy for you that you have. I am so glad you have loving siblings to share with.


    • Hi Betty. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. Thank you for stopping by to check my blog out. 🙂

  4. sister i think it is so cool that you are finding out things about our father and i am so glad that you found me now i will never let you leave again i wanna just say im so happy that you found us LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART OR MORE THAN A FAT KID LIKES CAKE. with that being said knowing about you has brought me joy love you

    • You are such a sweet brother Johnny! I can’t believe that I lived so many years without you. Love you much!

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