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John Mitchell,

John Robert Mitchell, Jr.

Tuesday, December 4th, 1956 - Saturday, February 8th, 2020
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John Robert Mitchell, Jr. passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the age of 63 in Manassas, VA after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer and the complications associated with it.

Born in Front Royal, VA on December 4, 1956 to John Mitchell (preceded in death) and Doris Esteppe Vincent (preceded in death). He was the oldest of four boys. The love and bond shared between John and his brothers was indescribable, and after the unexpected passing of their mother at a young age he saw to it that all were looked after and cared for. He was a graduate of Warren County High School, and while there he enjoyed playing football. He also loved being born and raised in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains where he spent many days hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Drago Mitchell of Manassas, VA, whose love and care lifted and held him through even the most challenging times. His children, Jennifer Mitchell Boycourt (Kevin Boycourt) of Stephens City, VA, John Robert Mitchell III of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Christopher Barrett Drago (Meaghan R. Drago) of Manassas, VA, and Matthew Michael Drago of Manassas, VA. He was the proud Pop Pop to one spunky granddaughter, McKinley Eileen Boycourt. He also leaves behind his much-loved brothers, Edwin Mitchell (Penny Mitchell), Kevin Mitchell (Terri Mitchell), and Douglas Mitchell (Laura Mitchell). His lovely mother-in-law Mary Jane (Ginny) Barrett, his Uncle Thomas (Tommy) Esteppe and Aunt Charlotte Esteppe, and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

All who knew John, knew he was a hard-working man, and he loved construction, excavation, and grading work. Through the years he forged many lifelong friendships over the rumble of heavy equipment.
He was direct and often honest to a fault, but fiercely loyal. He loved his family, his pets, his work, and his home. He was known for being quick witted and funny, and he will be dearly missed.

Please join the family on Wednesday, 2/12/2020, from 5 to 7pm at Baker Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center located at 10001 Nokesville Road Manassas, VA 20110 for a Celebration of John’s life. All who knew John would know how unfitting it would be to send flowers, so please in lieu of flowers make donations to “The Hospital’s Greatest Need Fund” at Virginia Hospital Center via this website:
m.virginiahospitalcenter.com/donatenow. We will always be grateful for the care he received while at that facility.

Please sign the guestbook at www.bakerpostfh.com.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center
    10001 Nokesville Road
    MANASSAS, VA 20110
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 7:00pm
    Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center
    10001 Nokesville Road
    MANASSAS, VA 20110
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Curt N

Posted at 10:45am
I was so sorry to just learn of John's passing . I was thinking about him with the current health crisis and called to see how he was doing. I was the project manager for the Barrett Recycle Center where he served as the owner's rep. In 40 years in this business, I have never met a more honest, straightforward, stand-up guy. He approached every issue with understanding and fairness and his word was his bond. Despite his health issues, he always asked me first how I and my family were doing. It was clear he cared deeply about others. It was an honor and privilege to know John, even if for only a relatively short time. God bless his family and take comfort in knowing that his reputation lives on.
Curt Nette - Whitener & Jackson, Inc.

Debbie Dalton

Posted at 09:23pm
I was John's sister in law Debbie,(Sandy's Sister) we had so many great memories over the years. He was a great person and father he loved his children and was very proud of them and the lives they had made for them-self's. I have like I said many memories but the two I would like to talk about. First one was when young John Robert was born Sandy was wanting to leave the hospital early so that young Jennifer who was turning two would still have a birthday party. (not like she would know but Sandy and John would know long before cell phone pics and facebook memories) so I helped John prepare Jennifer's birthday party at McDonald's he was so lost Young Dad with a precious little girl turning two and a new son at the hospital I really did not do much but he hugged so hard after the party just to let me know he was glad I was there to help ( you know the "Big John Hug") if you were lucky enough to get that hug you knew it. I will never forget that day. The other day that I will cherish is the weekend that young John Robert graduated, there is always a battle in Virginia on who makes the "Best Sausage Gravy" (here in Florida we leave it to Cracker Barrel) let just say it was a long day for graduation and a very long night of celebrating and then the next morning that came way to early in the kitchen at Jenn's and John house was Big John and Sandy waging a friendly bet on "who could make the best gravy" what a blast that morning was the laughter in the house that morning was over the top and a memory for the entire family. Do not ask who won or should I say it depended on who you asked. Both were great and all plates were empty. I will cherish the memories and happy times. Rest in Peace Big John,Hugs Love Deb

Jennifer Boycourt Posted at 12:06am

Aunt Deb thank you for the thoughtful post and cute stories. We will all miss the Big John hug. I am sure he took with him fond memories of you as well.

Joey Keenan

Posted at 02:10pm
My name is Joey and I work down on Colchester Park Drive where John had worked. I had the privilege to meet and get to know John over the last year. Last February my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and I had decided to take as much time as was needed to help her. I would often bring my mom to my office after chemo treatments where I could work but maintain care for my mom. During this time, John would stop by my office where we have a couch, he would sit with us and provide first hand experience and endless motivational support. In June I lost my Mom and in July, from their grief, I lost my Father and Grand Mother as well, all three gone in 18 days. When I finally returned to work and began searching for normality in the chaos, John would come by and talk with me, reminding me it is our responsibility to move forward with God's plan. John set an exemplary model of how to push forward against the odds. I was shocked to learn this morning that God had called him home. Although I have never met any other members of the Mitchell family, I want to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to all of you. I know exactly how earth shattering the loss of a loved one is. John was great man and terrific human being, I will miss him very much. I hope that the pain your family is undoubtedly facing in these dark day subsides and nothing but bright cherished memories remain. May god bless you all.

Jennifer Boycourt Posted at 06:24pm

Joey thank you so much for your kind words. We are so glad that John served as a source of knowledge, encouragement, and comfort to your and your family. You are so right he was an outstanding human being, and he is dearly missed already. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your losses, and know that we are wishing you peace and comfort.

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