Deputy Sheriff John Hughes Mitchell

Deputy Sheriff John Hughes Mitchell

Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 4, 1922

John Hughes Mitchell

Deputy Mitchell was shot and killed in an ambush after seizing illegal whiskey.

Deputy Mitchell had served with the Henry County Sheriff's Office for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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John Hughes Mitchell was my great-grandfather. I grew up listening to the story of how he was killed and his heroism. He is like a legend to me as I never knew him, but I do have memories of "Mama Mitchell" his wife who I greatly admired. She died when I was about 16 years old but I would visit her every time I visited my grandparents who lived two houses down. She lectured me about obeying my parents and that was the reason she had lived such a long life-it was a biblical promise. She was a strong, smart woman, and according to my mother Mama Mitchel was a wonderful grandmother to her.

Carolyn (Cole) Bonanno
Great grand-daughter

January 20, 2016

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