Loris, SC - Mr. Dickie Williams Mitchem, 64, formerly of Vale and Cherryville, NC, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, NC.
Born at Edwards Clinic in Toluca on April 19, 1952, he was the son of the late Lathue N. Mitchem and Nancy Williams Mitchem.
A 1970 graduate of West Lincoln High School, Mr. Mitchem studied Major Religion and Psychology at Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC (1974), graduate of Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC. (1976) - he continued with his theology and religious studies at North Carolina School of Social Work, Raleigh, NC, Gardner Webb Divinity School, Boiling Springs, NC and Erskine Theological Seminary School, Due West, SC.
As a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, Mr. Mitchem will be remembered for genuinely wanting to help people. He served as pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Shelby and Mary's Grove United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain and was most recently serving as a Chaplain with F.R.E.E. Ministry, a recovery home for addiction to drugs and alcohol located in Green Sea, SC, his strong faith and dedication gave individuals whose lives were in troubled situations the opportunity to live a productive and abundant life.
Survivors include his wife Sandra Beam Mitchem of Cherryville, Stepdaughter, Haley C. Craft (Pete) and Step Grandson John Weslee of Cherryville, sisters Donita M. Rhoney (Larry) and K. Denise Mitchem of Vale, two nieces Olivia R. Skinner (Derek) of Monroe and
Sara R. Barneycastle (Daniel) of Mooresville, beloved uncle to Rachel and Samuel Skinner.
A private memorial service honoring the life of Dickie Mitchem will be held at his home church.
Memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of local arrangements for Mr. Mitchem.