Reba Mitchell was born in rural Norris City in 1927; she is now age 91. She attended grades 1-8 at Greene School where her brother was a teacher for six of those years. She graduated from high school in Norris City in 1944, twelve years in classes under the tutelage of her brother, Herschel Newcomb.
Her first job was as a typist for oil abstractors, Deister, Ward, & Witcher in Carmi where she worked for four years. She was later employed at Texas Eastern Pipeline Corp. in Norris City, and as secretary for three years to Jack Boebinger, who was a storekeeper.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Carmi, and was married there in the old stone church in 1950 to Robert H. Mitchell of Thompsonville, with Danny Martin officiating. She was a lifetime member of the White Co. Rural Youth Organization in Carmi. Square dancing was very prominent and popular then!
Reba married and had five children, all who were college graduates.
She then wrote her first book from an empty nest after her children graduated college, and she became a caregiver for her now deceased husband and mother. She was also a Certified Lay Speaker of the United Methodist Church for about 15 years in the local community.
Reba’s new book was released at a book signing party on Dec. 22., at United Methodist Church in Galatia, Ill. The book, “My Enlightening Sojourn: From the Cradle to the Grave” is her autobiography, and can be obtained from her at 618-982-2036 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20.00 plus a $5.00 shipping fee via U.S. Postal Office This includes an author’s discount of $10 from the publisher’s price on Amazon.