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Deputy Sheriff John Hughes Mitchell | Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

John Hughes Mitchell

Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, May 4, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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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.

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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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