Mitchell Farris Jannings was born June 20, 1997 at St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri to Michael Scott and Shelley Rae (Sappington) Jannings and passed away on November 19, 2019 at the age of 22 years, 4 months and 29 days.
He was the Samuel to Hannah for Shelley and Mike, a gift from God. Together they enjoyed many wonderful family trips. Four-wheeler trips to St. Joe State Park, Finger Lakes State Park, Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky, Ride Royal Blue in Tennessee, Hatfield and McCoy Trails in West Virginia, various trails in Colorado and rides in Michigan were the way they spent time together with friends & family, including Grandpa and Grandma Bandy on each trip. They also enjoyed beach time in Florida, Mexico and Jamaica, as well as fall trips to Eureka Springs, camping trips, fishing at Uncle Dean’s cabin on the Bourbeuse River and road trips with or without destinations.
Every year for Mitchell’s birthday there was a grand celebration at their home which invariably ended with his dad’s famous fireworks display.
He grew up attending Cross Roads Baptist Church in Leasburg, Missouri which he was baptized into as a member on December 12, 2004. For many years, he has been the groundskeeper for the cemetery there and has been a trustee since 2016.
From preschool to graduation, he attended Bourbon schools, graduating in 2015. He then went to work at Onondaga Cave State Park because he loved nature, the outdoors & operating various equipment. Most recently, in August of 2019, he was proud to begin work as a transport driver with Wallis Oil, after completing commercial truck driving courses at Forest Park Community College.
He also enjoyed helping neighbors and others in his spare time.
Mitchell was very proud and vocal about being a Republican. As a very young boy, he stayed up late to watch George W. Bush in the presidential debates, and was also a proud supporter of President Trump, sporting bumper stickers and t-shirts.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Evelyn Jannings, Stephen Jannings, Paul Sappington Sr. and Carole Bandy; and his great grandparents, Viola Richter, Birdie Sappington and Farris Sappington.
He is survived by his parents, Mike and Shelley Jannings; his grandfather, James Bandy; grandmother, Diane Sappington; his best friend, Craig Lawrence; the love of his life, Makayla Counts; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Bourbon, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Cross Roads Baptist Church in Leasburg, Missouri with Pastor Jim Huitt officiating.
Interment followed in the Cross Roads Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.