Mitchell, Torey

Torey Mekhale Mitchell

June 18, 1976 - November 20, 2019

Torey Mekhale Mitchell of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the age of 43.  He was born in Texarkana, Texas, on June 18, 1976, to Vivian Gayle Mitchell.  Torey married the love of his life, Anita Sugandhini Babbili, in Ft. Worth, Texas, on August 26, 2000, and they were blessed with a son, Mohandas “Das” Malcolm Mitchell.  Torey obtained his Associate’s Degree and was an entrepreneur in the environmental business.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Anita Mitchell; his son, Das Mitchell; his mother, Vivian Aubrey and her husband, Ricky, of Texarkana, Texas; his brothers, Phalanza Francisco, Darrius Francisco, Michael McCoy and Kennedee Nelson; his sister, Kristin Cook; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends who will all miss him dearly.

Torey Mitchell was an incredible father, husband, son, cousin, and so forth, but most importantly, Friend to everyone in this room and everyone on this planet. We are all shocked and devastated to learn that such a selfless human is no longer physically with us. No amount of time or healing will fill the void of his earthly presence among us, but today we remember him for his unique characteristics and inspiring beliefs.

Torey cannot be described in one word; one sentence could never encompass all he gave to others or what he stood for as a man. Everything he did say or do had one common trait, however, and that is Passion. Torey loved his wife and son in a way that all of us witnessed and admired, but this love extended outwards to family, friends, and strangers alike. He had a passion for poetry, a passion for music, a passion for politics, a passion for sports. He passionately cared about the futures of kids he coached, he passionately cared about preserving and restoring the environment for kids he would never know, he passionately cared about fighting poverty and ending institutionalized racism for kids he would never meet. And he did all this at the expense of his own well-being and peace of mind. He passionately loved others more than he ever cared about himself.

Torey will be forever missed and remembered as a humanitarian and a fighter for all. He would want each and every one of us to continue his campaign for justice and equality in a world that is unfair and cruel for so many, so let us all be inspired and motivated to allow him to live forever in our hearts through the actions we take. The world has lost a beautiful man, but it is a more beautiful place now because he was here. We love you, T-Mitch.

The funeral service will be held at Berkshire Chapel, 9073 Berkshire Drive, Frisco, Texas, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., with visitation prior to the service from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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I am lost for words to hear of your passing. Just saw you a month prior, catching up on old times and cheering to life and family. Until next time you said. You and Anita came into my life 20 years ago and I’ll never forget it. You were an amazing man, husband, friend and father. I hate that I missed your going away celebration. But I know you're finally home with God. Please watch over us friend especially your loved ones through this healing time. You will be truly missed. With tons of love my friend. RIP.
Michelle Blair, December 20, 2019 Words cannot adequately express how deeply saddened I feel for your family at this moment. He came through AHS with the best and brightest in 1994. His smile will always be remembered. Our hope is to have our loved ones forever but our creator is the one that decides when forever is. To Mrs. Mitchell, his children, and siblings, my family will intercede on your behalf through this journey. To Mrs. Vivanne the woman who gave him life, from a mother who lost my bonus son at the tender age of 18, although the hole in your heart may never heal, you were the chosen vessel to carry, nurture and raise the best therefore hold the best of Torey close to your heart. We Love You! CLHobbs AHS Class of 94
Courtney Layton Hobbs , November 27, 2019 It was a pleasure getting to know you and becoming such good friends. My family is heartbroken and praying for Anita and Das. RIP bro. Bart
Bart Alfred, November 26, 2019 Have you ever met someone who has the natural ability to connect with others? What is it that makes him easily accepted? Is it the way he smiles as he shakes your hand? Maybe it's in his deep gentle voice? Or perhaps, it's in the way he genuinely expresses his pleasure and his sincerity in meeting people. Torey was that type of person. He recognized his social disposition and used this to his advantage to help the world be a better place. Torey was a genuine environmentalist. He was a walking, talking, breathing recycling and composting kind of guy. We wouldn't be surprised if he recycled and composted in his dreams. And we're all sure that those topics frequented the conversations he had with friends and with his family. The love Torey had for his wife, Anita, was the headline story of his life. Anita was his soul mate. Anyone that has listened to Torey speak of his wife, would have heard the warmth on his voice and felt his professed love for Anita. And if Anita was his headline story, his son Das, was his Sports page. We can't remember a day when Torey did not mention how Das did this, and Das this that, and Das did this. As you can tell, Das was his pride and joy. Our world lost a good man today, and we already miss him. Torey, you've earned your wings. Rest in Peace.
The Recycle Revolution Team, November 26, 2019 I am heartbroken to learn about Torey. He had such personality that he shone like the stars. He was quick witted and brought everyone a smile to their face. He will be missed greatly and I am sending my condolences to his family and friends. Melinda Jones Olson, November 25, 2019 I am happy and blessed to have known you., November 25, 2019 Dearest Friend, While the loss of a loved one is never easy, even when anticipated, it is most certainly the hardest when they are taken from us too soon. Your recent loss of your son who has left us at such a youthful age is definitely in the category of those hard losses for which there is so painful a reminder of what might have been. I offer my sincere condolence and deepest sympathy on your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you through this difficult time. I ask for God's blessings on you and your wonderful family. May you find the courage and strength to move forward in peace and confidence and in knowing that his was a life well-lived. Yours In Peace, Brenda Floyd, November 25, 2019 A beautiful life, well lived and cut far too short--I will forever be inspired by the legacy of kindness and love for all that Torey gifted to all that had the pleasure of knowing him. Anita and Das, my heart is with you both. Erin Staack, November 25, 2019 Gone but never forgotten my childhood best friend. Until we meet again my friend. Class of 94 Corey Kellz , November 25, 2019 My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Torey Mitchell. I love you dearly Vivian Aubrey, AHS Class of '74. Renitia Tyler Hollis Davis, November 25, 2019 I’m so sorry for y’all loss. I’m sorry I never got to meet him. I’m sure he was a great person!! Prayers for all!!
Donna rogers, November 24, 2019 I’m praying that God brings comfort & strength to my niece Vivian, and to Anita & Das. Asking His blessings upon the entire Mitchell family! May God keep us all in His care. I love you all. Deborah Mitchell Johnson, November 24, 2019 Words cannot describe the sorrow that I feel for you and your family. You have had to endure so much. I will hold you up in prayer now and in the future. Much respect for the Mitchell and Aubrey families. Glen Austin, November 24, 2019 Vivian, I’m so sorry for your loss, I was just reading the paper saw the obituary, heart hurting for you and his wife and son. Love you Karen Karen Smith, November 24, 2019 I can’t began to pretend that I know how you feel. I pray that God will give you the strength to get through the sorrow you’re feeling. Lean on him and trust in him. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. The Miller Family Charlotte Miller , November 24, 2019 I am deeply moved by the loving words about Torey’s life, none of this surprises me as I knew Torey would make a difference after high school. I was blessed to have him in my life. We spent lots of time riding around together listening to music before ball games, usually with Torey counseling me on life and the passion he had around helping others. I have failed to stay in touch, but even with that, I feel a deep loss with his passing. You will be missed my dear friend! Thank you for being part of my life. David Reed, November 24, 2019 May the memory of your legacy live on in the hearts of everyone that was blessed enough to know you. I remember your smile most of all, it always lit up the room. To your family and close friends, may God keep you up lifted and heal your hearts. Class of 94 will never forget you! You will be missed.
Tavia, November 24, 2019 Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Letitia Lyles-Briggs, November 24, 2019 Read the 14 Chapter of John. Praying for the Mitchell family. Joyce Wyatt , November 24, 2019 We were all shocked at the news of Torey's loss. May the legacy of love that he displayed for his family and others be a comfort now and in the days to come. Scott Martin, November 23, 2019 On the occasions I talked with Torey it really came through that he was a fantastic person and loved his family. Anita and Das, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Beverly McIver, November 23, 2019 Torey’s obituary describes a loving man who completely embraced our earth. He set an example for us all - to look beyond our means and circumstances and actively seek ways to serve and elevate others. God bless and keep you, dear Torey. Deborah McMurray, November 23, 2019 Mitchell is what I called him since 8th grade. I met a funny smart person that will never be forgotten. Love you and you will be truly missed. He was a great friend and person.
TERESA PAGE, November 23, 2019 I was a high school classmate of Torey and, sadly, did not keep in touch after graduation. Reading the wonderful words in this obituary perfectly describe the young man I remember as a teenage friend and the amazing man I always knew he was destined to become. Even as a teen, Torey had passion for everything he did and for those he loved. His smile and laughter and spirit were nothing short of contagious. There was just something about Torey that drew people to him. Torey I’m so happy to see he has a loving wife and son to carry on his legacy. Anita and Das, I am so very sorry for your loss. Jennifer (Hicks) Mowdy, November 23, 2019 Please make sure he has his favorite cowboy boots on. I want to make sure he makes a grand entrance at the gates of heaven. I was lucky to have worked with him and got to know him on a personal level. There will never be another one like him.
Mario Alvarado, November 23, 2019 “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving xoxo Siobhan Davis , November 23, 2019 You will be greatly missed classmate. My Condolences to the family. Sharmetria Hill, November 23, 2019 It's sad to lose such a great young man. Torey was a guy that always had a smile on his face and a huge heart. We had some good times in school. May God cover his family. RIH. Class of 94 will forever remember you! Much Love!
Mario Reece, November 23, 2019 I am honored and thankful. BRENDA JOHNSON , November 23, 2019 With Deepest Sympathy. Love Always, the Batts & Collins Family
Shauntal Batts Collins , November 22, 2019 Thank you for sharing this dear man with us all and the world. His memory will inspire us to be better people and citizens. Juanita Bell, November 22, 2019 T you will be missed. Always brought a smile to my face. I’m just in shock. Brandy Young , November 22, 2019 Torey was such a light and inspiration. I am so sorry for your loss. Stephanie Fleming, November 22, 2019 My condolences to the family. He was a sweet person. Tiffany Davenport , November 22, 2019