Biography of Tiny Hope Mitchell, Havana

Submitted by Miriam Mitchell Clippinger.

Miriam "Tiny Hope" Hines was born in Attapulgus, Georgia, on July 17, 1920. Her given name was Miriam Hope Hines, but she was called Tiny Hope all of her life, after her father, Hope Hines. Her parents were Benjamin Hope Hines and Gussie Eva Gibson Hines of Greensboro. Her grandparents were Thomas Mitchell and Catherine Augusta Lassiter Hines and Charles Richard and Eloise Barnes Gibson. She had two brothers, Lyman William Hines and Jack Hope Hines, and one sister, Hilda Elizabeth Hines (Haire).

Tiny graduated from Greensboro High School on May 20, 1938, and was married to James Mitchell in 1948. Their children are Miriam Hilda Mitchell Clippinger and James (Jim) Lamar Mitchell. They made their home in Havana all of her adult life.

Tiny attended Florida State College for Women, graduating in 1942. She taught her first year in Bushnell, Florida. Then she transferred to Gadsen County and taught and/or supervised lunchroom and Home Economics units until 1951. In 1951 she took a 10-year leave to be with her children while they were growing up. When her youngest child started to school, she started back teaching Exceptional Education (1961-1982).

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell both retired in 1982, and enjoyed a nice retirement, doing lots of traveling, enjoying their grandchildren and relaxing. Tiny Hope Mitchell died on January 3, 2004, and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Havana.