On Monday, November 26, 2018, Michael Mitchell, loving husband, father of two, and grandfather of two, passed away at the age of 63. Michael was born on January 19, 1955 in Maryville, TN to Pauline and James Cooper. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. On January 13, 1979, he married his best friend, Martha Hunt Mitchell and they raised two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebecca. On September 15, 2007, Rebecca married Jacob Spray whom Michael loved as a son. Rebecca and Jacob blessed him with two grandchildren, Christopher, 13, and Mary, 10.
Michael had a passion for music and used it to guide him through the highs and lows life dealt him. His favorite past-time was watching football and basketball with his family and friends. He loved time with his family most, putting every member above even his own needs and desires. His friends became his family, and even friends of his children became his sons and daughters, calling him Dad in lieu of his name. He was known for his stunning smile, infectious laughter, and endless compassion for all those around him. No one felt alone or upset when in his presence; He wouldn’t allow it.
Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Cooper, and his father James Cooper. He is survived by his wife, Martha, two children, Rebecca and Elizabeth, son-in-law, Jacob, and two grandchildren, Christopher and Mary.
A memorial service will be held on November 30, 2018 at Sunset Hills Baptist Church on Sunset Road at seven o’clock pm. Visitation will be held before the service from five o’clock pm to seven o’clock pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation, or the American Diabetes Association.