Timothy "Tim" Mitchum

Born in Charleston, SC on June 4, 1964

Departed on December 27, 2018 and resided in Denver, CO

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Timothy “Tim” Mitchum, 54, passed away on December 27, 2018, surrounded by family at his home in Denver, Colorado. Even throughout his painful battle with cancer, Tim remained loving and kind to the end. He will be sorely missed by friends and family.

Tim was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He attended Furman University and graduated from the College of Charleston in 1986.  After graduation, Tim began his 30-year Civil Service career at the Naval Supply Center in Charleston.  He later moved to the Washington, DC area to further his career and to broaden his horizons.  He worked in the budget field for both the Department of Navy and the US Marshal Service. In 2017, Tim transferred to the US Marshal office in Denver, to be closer to his sister and her family.

From an early age, Tim loved the arts and loved to perform – playing the piano and singing in church as a child, competing on the forensics team, performing in plays, and singing in choirs in both high school and college. After college, he continued to perform in various choirs and community theater productions in both Charleston and Washington, DC.  After losing his partner in 1992, Tim became involved in the AIDS Memorial Quilt Project in DC.  Tim was an avid reader and quick study; he became a wealth of information on a variety of topics – from politics to history, from baking to metal forging. During this past year, to the delight of his sister’s family, he researched and perfected the art of high-altitude baking to produce phenomenal cookies in his new “Mile-High” home of Denver.

Tim is survived by his father, Joe (Pauline) Mitchum, of North Charleston, SC; his sister, Deb (Carol) Mitchum and his nephew, Michael Rodriguez, of Denver, CO. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Mitchum; his partner, Rick Unger; and his devoted Siamese cat, Penelope.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org).

A Celebration of Life will be held in Charleston, SC at a later date.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Hulda Hartley :

    Deborah, I am so sad to learn of Timothy’s passing. He was always so upbeat and loved life. My prayers are with you, Joe, And Jerry. I Love You.

  2. Deb, my condolences to you and your family and 🙏🙏🙏 of comfort during these difficult days, remember he will forever be in the hearts of his loved ones and is just a thought away.

  3. Marsha Baxter :

    Tim was always so good at making me laugh. His stories and perceptions kept me giggling. I love Tim and always will. I love you too Deb and pray for spiritual peace.

  4. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Timothy. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2Cor 1:3

  5. Arthur Mishoe :

    Deborah, I don’t have the words to express my sorrow about hearing of Timothy’s passing. He was the best of us in high school. Unfortunately, I lost track of him after he left Furman. I did get to see one of his performances in Charleston, post Furman (I think it was at the Dock Street Theatre), and as always, he was wonderful.. Tim was so incredibly bright and witty…I always admired him, and his intellect. He was a wonderful, kind soul, and I will always hold fond memories of him. I have nothing to say that will ease any of the sorry you must feel over his passing, but I hope you and your family are able to find some comfort in knowing he is at peace.

    “To live in hearts we leave behind. Is not to die.” Truly in this regard, Timothy is still alive.

    You have my deepest sympathy.

    • Oh, Arthur, thank you so much. Such kind words. Lots of good memories from those academy days. For some reason I remember making that trek from the Quadrangle to chapel together – the three of us — many, many times. He remained bright and witty to the end — always with a quick response – even if not always appropriate. LOL. Thank you for sharing — and I hope you are doing well. Deb

  6. My sincerest condolences to the Mitchum’s Family for your loss of a dear loved one. A loss of this type is always very challenging to both the family and friends, but God’s word offers the grand hope of a resurrection to life again. Jesus Christ said, “Do not be amazed at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out”. God’s word extends to all the wonderful promise of a resurrection to a better life! John 5: 28-29 Learn more about this resurrection at JW.ORG

  7. Jennifer Evans :

    I worked with Tim at the USMS in DC. Our offices shared a wall and we spent many hours in his office chatting- about work, about life. It’s hard to put into words just what he meant to me because it was so much. He was a mentor and a friend. Tim was funny and incredibly generous, but he would also tell it to you straight when that’s what you needed to hear. I hope he knew the positive impact he had on me throughout the the time we worked together, and how much I thought of him after I moved away. I will always cherish our friendship and I am so glad he was with his family in the end.

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