Frazier Lee Mitchell known by many as “Chief Mitchell” was born October 15,
1931, in Marianna, Arkansas to Wesley Earnest Mitchell and Mary Jane Robinson.
Chief Mitchell was baptized in 1946 at Paradise Baptist Church. He graduated
from Moton High School in 1949 and enlisted in the United States Navy shortly
after. Through his hard work and dedication, he was able to rise to the rank of
Chief Petty Officer.
In 1957 Chief Mitchell married Earnestine Johnson who preceded him in death.
Chief Mitchell retired from the US Navy in 1975 after serving 24 ½ years. After a
short retirement Chief Mitchell decided to rejoin the work force and continue his
love of cooking as the chef at the House of Metamorphosis (HOM). During the 20
years spent at HOM Chief Mitchell met and fed thousands of people. He was a
role model for many.
Chief Mitchell spent his leisure time going to the racetrack in Mexico watching the
greyhounds run, he loved watching CNN, MSNBC, FOX and listening to 92.5 FM.
He got a kick of hearing the stories of “War of the Roses” on the radio, which kept
In 1978 Chief Mitchell met his longtime friend Laura Monroe, who preceded him
in death in 2012. His friendship remained close with the Monroe Family. Chief
Mitchell and Anthony Miller created a special bond that no one could come
between. Anthony loved Chief so much that he became his caregiver.
Chief Mitchell spent the last 10 years of his life making new friends at the
Veteran’s Center of Chula Vista where he lived. On June 8, 2022 Chief Mitchell
transitioned and joined his parents and his siblings, Carrie Henderon and Luther
Wesley James. Chief Mitchell is survived by six step children, long time friend of
73 years, Mr.Isaiah Jones, The Monroe Family: Brenda Larsosa, Beverly Monroe,
Gregory (Gwen) Monroe , Ricky Monroe, Derrick Monroe, David Monroe, Tammy
Robinson, Anthony (Tyra) Miller, and a host of grandchildren and others who
loved him dearly.
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