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Barbara Ann Mitchell

On the early afternoon of May 5, 2022, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ reached down to pick a precious flower for his garden.


Barbie was her nickname.  She was born to the Late Mary E. Haynes Riddick and Frank M. Riddick Jr. in (Princess Anne County), Virginia Beach, Virginia. She graduated from Floyd E. Kellam high school in 1970.  She was a member of the Drill team, a stepper and danced on the iconic popular TV show American Bandstand. She had an entrepreneurial spirit in high school, selling candy, chicken etc.. to the neighborhood kids.


Shortly after graduating she worked in the Food Service industry, eventually becoming a stay at home Mom after marrying James Gathan Mitchell Sr. (Bowe). Cooking was more than a task to meet ends, Barbie enjoyed it. She was very attentive and close to her Mom where she acquired her cooking skills, they talked  2-3 times daily before her Mom's death. She loved her family deeply, children and grandchildren always giving them her last.  She was an artist at teaching love and patience, resilience. She was always kind, gentle, and smiled through situations others could only endure; she had a impeccable memory and a contagious laugh.


Barbie loved decorative flowers and it wasn't unusual to find one or two displayed in her hair.  She was a former member of Mount Nebo #70 United Order of Tents. She attended Campbell's Chapel A.M.E. Church in her youth: later she became a member of Grace Pentecostal Church in Virginia Beach under the leadership of Elder Robert Albritton, where she served as church Secretary.  She loved attending Church and singing, she loved music in general. One of the favorite songs she sang was 'God has smiled on me.'


She is predeceased in death by her mother and father, her brothers Frank M. Riddick lll, Donnell C. Riddick, and Herman B. Riddick.


She is survived by her devoted son: James Gathan. Mitchell Jr. (JJ.), and Bobby Deon Mitchell: daughter: Tiracia Shatia Wiggins (Tee).  Her grandsons: James Gathan Mitchell lll, Bobby Deon Mitchell Jr.,(BJ) (Kiersten), Manuel Savinon Jr.,  Noah Mitchell, Joshua Trice grand daughters: Bobbi Mitchell, Keara Mitchell (Kiki), Destiny Mitchell, Natasha Trice and grandchildren: Karter, Khai, Kody, and Deasia, Cataleya, & Cassius. 


Her brothers: Barry D. Riddick (Sharon), Randy W. Riddick and sisters: Diane L. Mullens (John), Daphne M. Riddick, Sandy R.. Porter(Mike), Karen B. Holley (Isaiah), and Melody G. Avila. one Aunt Bernice Phillips of Lofton, New York: and one Uncle James E. Riddick of Chicago,Illinois and a host of cousins, family. and friends.


 She will be missed dearly. God has sat her free indeed. Love Barbie.


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Still missing your smile Mommy💙

Tiracia Wiggins Aug 2 2022 2:51 AM

A photo was added for Barbara Ann Mitchell

Tiracia Wiggins Jun 13 2022 4:23 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Mitchell

Tiracia Wiggins Jun 3 2022 9:06 PM

I was saddened to learn of Barbara Ann's passing. Please know that I am praying for peace and strength during this difficult time.

Lora Haynes Franklin May 19 2022 5:29 PM

I will always remember that beautiful smile of Barbee. She had such a kind spirit. Growing up I remember her sassy dance moves. I always found pleasure in running into to my cousin we had plenty childhood memories to laugh about. To the family my prayers and condolences .

Linda Creekmore Johnson May 17 2022 9:06 AM

Barbee I will always remember your beautiful smile and your sassy dance moves . You were always a pleasure to run into cousin. To Randy, Karen, Sandy, Diane , Daphane and Melody my my condolences and prayers to you all.

Linda Creekmore Johnson May 17 2022 8:30 AM

Sorry to hear of your lost But God know best Randy.Karen,and the rest of the brother and sister put your trust in the Lord he will give you strange love you'll Indiana.

Indiana Bryant and family May 16 2022 12:18 PM

Barbara Ann has always been a special cousin to me. I could count on her wonderful smile anytime I was in her presence. She was kind to me from a child.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Riddick family and all who loved her. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Charles Brock and family May 16 2022 12:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of the Porter/Earley family

Porter/Earley May 16 2022 11:40 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Mitchell

Porter/Earley May 16 2022 11:39 AM

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