Rhonda Catherine Mitchell "RC"
MINT HILL - Rhonda Catherine (RC) Mitchell died at her Mint Hill home Oct. 10, 2018, after a long illness. She was 68. Born in Charlotte on Dec. 21, 1949 to Elbert “Red” Wilson and Willie Wright Wilson, she was raised in Charlotte and attended East Mecklenburg High School.
Rhonda applied her remarkable spirit to life as a singer, craft artist and environmental activist. She lived in many places along the way, but her heart belonged to the Rocky Mountains.
In 1987, she opened the bookstore/mineral shop Crystal Visions with her husband-to-be and eventual partner of 32 years, Woody Mitchell. An accomplished stained-glass artist, Rhonda learned jewelry-making and other craft skills as she built a home-based craft business called Lightscapes, appearing at festivals and craft shows.
In the late ’90s, she and Woody began publishing Synergy, a monthly magazine centered on natural lifestyles, alternative health and environmental issues. Rhonda later worked as a community organizer for the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, eventually launching her own chapter, Citizens for a Healthy Environment (CHE), which was instrumental in shutting down a carcinogenic incinerator.
In the mid-2000s, she and Woody formed the band Flamingo Tribe as a platform for Rhonda’s astonishing vocal style, bringing her back onstage for the first time since the ’70s. She never demanded attention, but could easily command it.
She is survived by husband Woody; son Casey Sidwell; stepdaughters Alecia Mitchell and Jenny Woodhouse; sisters Phyllis Furr St. Clair and Nina Layton; and brother Marty Wilson; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Special thanks to Nina, Phyllis and niece Karyn Furr for stepping up in time of need.
Service plans TBA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, PO Box 88, Glendale Springs, NC 28629.