John Mitchell

John Mitchell

Saturday, September 28th, 1946 - Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
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John Ward Mitchell, age 73 , of Eureka Springs, died November 26,2019 in Springdale AR at the Circle ofLife Hospice as a result of a Parkinson’s fall.

John was born in Marianna AR to John Whitman Mitchell of Marianna and Nelda (Byrd) Mitchell of Waco, Texas on September 28, 1946.

He was in the Arkansas National Guard serving for six years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Tommy Mitchell.
John was a lifelong art and antique dealer having shops in Fayetteville in the early 1970’s before moving to Eureka Springs. He was a waiter in often high end restaurants in Eureka Springs, New Orleans and Hot Springs to fuel his antique and vintage sports car habit.
In 1995 he built a four story building at 130 Spring St. which became his shop, Mitchell’s Folly Art and Antiques.
John is survived by his longtime companion Gwen Bennett, his brother Dan (Cheryl) Mitchell, sister Pat Kost, niece Lauren Pate, nephew John ( Courtney) Mitchell all of McAlester OK and niece Mary Beth Robinson of Anacortis WA.
John never met a stranger, had no time for anger, blame or regret. He was a dreamer and an optimist. He led a charmed life.
For a short video of John and his shop go to
Donations in Johns memory may be made to People Helping People c/o The Office of Human Concern PO Box 243, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.
A memorial for John is, as yet, undetermined.
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Clarke Buehling

Posted at 02:56pm
I once sold John a small camper-trailer, which he was to pay off in several payments. Just before the last payment was due John discovered that the trailer had been stripped of its aluminum siding and was basically just junk at that point. However, he still made the final payment. John had integrity. Clarke Buehling

The Packhams

Posted at 10:43am
Over the decades we have enjoyed prowling through Mitchell's Folly, led through the maze by John as he educated us about local artists and entertained us with Ozark tales. He was indeed one of the legendary personalities who has contributed to making Eureka Springs such a unique community.

Sally Williams Gorrell

Posted at 11:43am
Gwen, being with you and John at the Support Group, seeing your devotion & your loving kindness touched my heart . I feel that although John had this disease he had a most amazing life filled with beauty and love. Sending love as you cope with this time in your life. Sally Williams Gorrell

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