WALNUT COVE – Charles Edward Mitchell, 73, the first African-American mayor of the town of Walnut Cove, died on December 4.
At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Walnut Cove Commissioners Council, there was a photo of Mitchell and a candle was lit in his memory.
Mitchell first served as city commissioner for eight years, starting in 2009, before being elected mayor as a written candidate in 2017, a post he held for two years.
A funeral service was held at Pine Hall Baptist Church on Friday and Mitchell was laid to rest in the church graveyard. He was a member of the Pine Hall Baptist and became a deacon and Sunday School teacher, while serving in the church jail ministry.
He attended London High School, then went to Rockingham Community College to earn a degree in Electrical. He also attended Forsyth Technical Community College and graduated with Honors in Business Administration. He got his electrician license and started his own business. He worked at Duke Power for over 25 years.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Geraldine; three sons: Charles, Thomas (a current member of the Walnut Board of Commissioners) and Ralph, all of Walnut Cove, and one daughter, Gearl Patterson of Winston-Salem. Mitchell also had nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.