Bible professor Stan Mitchell transitioned from this earth in Jackson, Tennessee, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, following a heart attack suffered the previous Friday on the Freed-Hardeman campus.
Mitchell grew up on the mission field in Zimbabwe, having moved there with his parents, Loy and Donna Mitchell, in 1958. He returned to the states in 1975 to attend Abilene Christian University, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and a Master of Arts in New Testament Studies. He returned to Zimbabwe in 1981 to do mission work. While there, he met and married Marjorie McCarthy.
The couple moved to California in 1981 and for several years worked with congregations in California and Texas. The family moved to Henderson, Tennessee, in 2001, and he taught Bible at FHU and preached at congregations in Finger and Red Walnut. He also completed doctoral studies through Regent University.
“Stan loved students and related to people of all ages so very well,” Ryan Fraser, a colleague at FHU, said. “He had a unique way of connecting and drawing others out of their shell.”
Mitchell is survived by his wife, Marj; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Chris Watts; two grandchildren, Gideon and Gwen Watts; two sisters, Nancy Wheat (Bobby) and Marcia Redd (Lee); and a brother, William (Karen).
Mitchell was known on campus for his customary benediction as one left his presence. “Go with God,” he urged.