John Wayne Mitchell

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John Wayne Mitchell, 65, of Columbus, Ohio transitioned from this life unexpectedly on Saturday, April 27, 2024.
John was born on January 9, 1959 in Fayetteville, WV.

John was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and retired from Marysville Correctional Facility and previously
taught at Rick Moore Academy (karate school). He currently had his own Lawn Care Service, LLC. John was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit. He had a kind and empathetic heart, always concerned for the well-being of others. He will be missed by the countless lives he blessed and inspired by his willingness to care for and serve others. John loved his dog (Dude).

John was preceded in death by his parents, Mercedes Mitchell-Strum (mother), Henry Cornelius Jones (father); maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Summerville; sisters, Allean Strum, Ella Mae Jones, Irene Lane, Henrietta Acklin, Linda Jones; brothers, Johnny Jones, and Robert Jones; grandson, Allen Shermon Wright II, Julia “Kim” Wright (mother of his sons), Lawrence “Buster” Gray (favorite uncle) and Kim Gray (special cousin).

John is survived by his sons, Allen Wright and Sjon Wright; siblings, Andrew Strum, Alberta Matthews, Henry Guy Jones, Essic Jones, Charles Jones, Brenda Maze and Margaret (Ann) Jones; step-children, Asahel Gordon, Shamiah Gordon, Aaron Gordon, Amariah Gordon; grandchildren, Sjon Wright, Shamon Wright, Breanna Gibson, Charles Gibson, Sr., Maki Riley, Jordan Harrison; great-Grandchildren, Allen Zymere Wright, Amyla Wright, Ayden Wright, Aubrey Wright, Amir Gibson, Brielle Hansard, Terry Hansard, Lanaya Gibson, December Gibson, Charles Gibson, Jr. He is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, loved ones, friends and his best friend, Tony Booker.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, May 11, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Mitchell Family, visit

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  1. Uncle Wayne you left this world so quickly, I still wonder why. For the saddest part of ally you never said goodbye. You will never be forgotten. Tell Momma hello and give her a kiss and hug for me.

  2. Beverly Harshaw

    My condolences gos out to the family, John was my neighbor he was a very good friend I would have never thought that I would have open up my door to hear such sad news about my neighbor John Mitchell one thing about John he made sure that he kept our yard cut and looking and he was friends with everybody around the neighborhood every one like John he will truly, truly be missed my prayers and condolences go out to the family rest and peace John you can rest now ❤️

  3. David W. Arnold

    With our sincerest condolences from the Arnold family.

  4. Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers for comfort to the family during this difficult time. Brenda James Mason and Family

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