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Lawanda Ann Mitchell-Rawles

June 2, 1964 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 55)

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     Today, we pause to pay tribute to the memory of Lawanda Ann Mitchell-Rawles, who was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She was one who loved her family with all her heart, and not only nurtured her family, but enriched the lives of many.

     On Tuesday, June 2, 1964, Lawanda, began her journey through life in Emporia, Virginia, to the parentage of Effie Linsey Mitchell and the late Deacon Sidney Mitchell, Sr. While growing up in Emporia, she attended the public schools of Greensville County and in 1982 she graduated from the Greensville County High School. After high school she entered the workforce and held many different jobs which included being a Food Service Supervisor, Operations Manager and Corrections Officer. Most notably she worked from 1991 to 2016 at Greensville Corrections.

     At an early age, Lawanda accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and became a member of the St. Paul Church of God in Christ. While on her spiritual journey, she joined the Powerhouse Revival Center of Jarratt, Virginia. It was there that her spiritual gifts were developed and love for God deepened as she served the church in various capacities: culinary arts ministry where many of her tasty dishes tempted the palates of many, church treasurer and overall a faithful member. Church attendance and participation were integral parts of her family life. She found joy and peace in serving the Lord.

     As life progressed, Lawanda united in Holy Matrimony with the love of her life, Richard Rawles on July 22, 2016. She was a woman of faith, a woman of family and a woman of fashion and fun; oftentimes you could find her dressed up and around town with friends and family having a good time. She was a classy, sophisticated, stylish and outgoing lady who had a great fashion sense. She was a beautiful person both internally and externally, who had an unconditional love for her family and friends. Her life impacted the lives of all those that she came into contact with. To know her was to love her and she was known by many throughout! Lawanda developed into a compassionate and sweet lady, who never met a stranger. She was known for her angelic and infectious smile that could easily brighten anyone’s day.

     Wings...Are carved surfaces that lift…Wings enable you to soar beyond all your self-imposed restrictions and take you to the lofty heights you dare to dream of. Wings can offer protection and comfort, as in “under one’s wing.” Wings remind us of the angels that guard and guide us from above, and of those angels that walk among us. Wings remind us that it is in our power to be an angel to the next person, who may just happen to need one. Anything is possible, when you have wings. On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, while in the serenity of her home Lawanda received “two wings to veil her face, two wings to veil her feet and two wings to fly away, so the world could no longer do her any harm”.  In addition to her father, Sidney Sr.;  she was preceded in death by a brother, Sidney Mitchell, Jr. and her sister, Veronica Easter. 

     Though the clouds may hang over, there will be a brighter day. In that land that they call heaven, God shall wipe all tears away. We who remain with faith and assurance that God will see us through are: her husband, Richard Rawles of the home; son, Jaden Mitchell of the home; step daughter, Tanesha Gray; mother, Effie Mitchell; brother, Ray A. Mitchell of Emporia, Virginia, sister-in-law, Alice Smith; one brother-in-law, Jesse Whitaker (Janice); aunt; uncle; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit  Mrs. Mitchell-Rawles'  tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Mrs. Lawanda Ann Mitchell-Rawles.

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

 "Diligent in Business; Fervent in Spirit." - Romans: 12:11

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May 23, 2020

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax Street
Emporia, VA 23847

Graveside Service
May 24, 2020

1:00 PM
Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Rd
Emporia, VA 23847

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