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No amount of words could ever being to express how heavy my heart is. Caitlyn was one of a kind, and her friendship meant a lot to me. She was a beautiful soul and I knew that I could always count on her for anything. All the times we randomly sang songs at work or the times she made sure we laughed and smiled. I’m going to miss her so much. Thank you Caitlyn, for being a light and a friend in my life and the lives of those we worked with. Chick-fil-A of Anderson and the world won’t be the same without you. I love you forever, Benbow.
I had the privilege of working with Caitlyn at Chick-fil-A for a short while when she first started 4 years ago as well as more recently. It was amazing to me how much she’d grown in the time I’d been away. You could always tell that Caitlyn really truly cared by the way she made you feel in conversation. If you were talking to her, you felt like the most important person in the room. She made everyone feel that way. Her bright smile, beautiful laughter, and caring heart are deeply missed by her Chick-fil-A family here in Anderson.
Elizabeth and Rachael Murphy
My family had the pleasure of spending time with Caitlyn and her best friend and companion kitty a few years ago during a visit to CT. She was beautiful inside and out and so talented with her captivating gift of song and her angelic voice. Her name Willow perfectly matched her view of the world. Her style was flowy and maxi boho dress with the sun in her pretty, long blonde hair decorated with fresh grown white and yellow daisies while dancing barefoot in the soft green grass. She was kind hearted and free spirited. We will never forget you Caitlyn Willow!
A truly motivational and caring leader, Caitlyn Mitchell will always be greatly missed and remembered as one of our most beloved team leaders. I remember how she would always remind us to make sure we let her know if we needed anything, but she did it with the most sincere of smiles that made me realize she always genuinely meant it. I remember telling her about my dreams of becoming a musician too—and although I was nervous that she would judge me like most other people do for that, she was so supportive and even went on to cheer me on as well! She would always ask me about it too, which honestly meant a whole lot to me seeing as not many people care to ask or even remember small things like that in the way that she did. It showed that she genuinely wanted to be there to help and support in whatever way she could. I genuinely appreciate her kind heart and caring words, and will always miss that warm and welcoming feeling she carried and shared with others. Her character will always remain being one of my greatest inspirations to not only believe in, but work hard and achieve every one of my greatest dreams. To Caitlyn’s family and friends, I send my thoughts and deepest of condolences.
I was so blessed to have worked with Caitlyn. I'm so sorry for your loss.
I am so glad I was able to meet Caitlyn through Chick-Fil-A. She was the most empathetic person and an amazing leader. She was so encouraging and comforting, and was always willing to talk to you if you were having a bad day. I will never forget one night shift that she led. We were very busy and understaffed, and all of us were stressed out. When we closed the store, Caitlyn bought all of us milkshakes. She said, “you guys deserve it after working so hard tonight.” Although it tasted good, it wasn’t the milkshake that meant so much to me. It was Caitlyn’s genuine care for us as team members. She made it clear that our hard work hadn’t gone unnoticed, and that we were all in it together. It is heartbreaking to know that Caitlyn is no longer with us. She positively impacted so many, and will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to Caitlyn’s family and friends!
Hi I’m soooo sry for your lost it’s such a tragedy what happened, Caitlyn was actually helping me become a team trainer so I spent a lot of time with her, she offered to teach me how to drive, and she was the most loving leader CFA has ever had, no matter what she went through she always ask everyone else how they were doing. She was so positive and amazing. Me and the CFA team are really gonna miss her so very much, I could go on and on abt how amazing she was and how much she really helped me to become better in the job but that would take a lifetime. I really hope y’all can find comfort in this time of need, personally I lost my father in 2020 within a blink of a eye and what helped me was being around family and just being honest abt my feelings. I’m one of Jehovahs witnesses and also our website at JW.ORG helped me with the loss feel free to visit our website which can really help in this time. I really hope y’all comfort I really appreciated Caitlyn and I’m really gonna miss her she sorta became a big sister to me. I hope y’all make it though. Luv Y’all
Caitlyn was my trainer when I first started at Chick-fil-A. Everytime I messed up or made a mess she told me that it was ok and helped me fix it. My very first day there, a guest came in with a Polaroid camera and took our picture, that was my absolute favorite memory with her, and we talked and laughed about that day often. Caitlyn often confided in me about her anxiety, even though she was struggling, she always tried to keep a positive atmosphere and made sure to keep a smile as much as she could
Caitlyn was a great leader for us at Chick-fil-A of Anderson Pavilion, but she was a greater person! Her passion for excellence was something that she demonstrated daily as she taught our team how to serve others. She always treated others with honor, dignity, and respect. We will miss her kind spirit, and the care she demonstrated to all she came in contact with. Caitlyn had a positive influence on all she came in contact with. We are experiencing a large void in our organization that will never be filled. Caitlyn, Rest In Peace.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. There is so much pain to carry for so many. Once you are able to take a breath, please reach out to DodgeBenefits@dodgeindustrial.com regarding a few matters.
Robin Mitchell and Graeme Thomson
This breaks my heart. The loss is too much to understand. I love you Caitlyn and so happy you were in our lives.
Char & Tom Mitchell
We got to know Caitlyn through our son Lucas, and instantly fell in love with her. Her heart smiled through her eyes. There was no person or animal that she would not open her soul to. She and Lucas seemed to have an other-wordly connection and they brought out the very best in each. We are equally grateful for the time they had together, for meeting all their family ( both blood and extended) at their beautiful wedding, and for the time we had Caitlyn in our loves. We find joy and peace knowing they are together and in our mutual cherished memories. Our hearts are with you Bob, Kathy Fleck, Rob & Shelly.
Willow was such an amazing soul. She let me crash with her for over two weeks back in September 2021. She taught me how to pick peppers and clean them on her front porch. The last time I seen her, I gave her the biggest hug I could. If I had known she’d be gone the next day, I wouldn’t have let go. I love you Willow, thank you for everything.
David and Sandy Edinger
We love you Caitlyn, and we love this family. Caitlyn was a beautiful light in this world. We have many memories of her in school while in Peachtree City. She was a stand out even then. I will never forget our road trip to Florida when she was 14 or 15. We had so much fun. Our hearts break with you all during this time. We love you guys!
Caitlyn Elizabeth Mitchell
Caitlyn Elizabeth Mitchell, 30, of Belton, South Carolina passed away on July 10, 2022, in Greenville, South Carolina.
Born on September 11, 1991, in Jacksonville, Florida to Michele and Robert Benbow. Caitlyn grew up in Fernandina Beach, FL and Peachtree City, GA. She graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 2010. Caitlyn attended the University of North Florida prior to travelling on the road, hopping trains, and sleeping under bridges. She was passionate about helping the underdog and accepted every person just the way they were. Caitlyn’s goal in life was not about money or acquiring material things, but to reach out to anyone in need. Caitlyn lived her truth and never pretended to be someone she wasn’t. She had the most generous heart, opened her arms to include the lost and the broken and had the most beautiful spirit. Her laughter was infectious.
Caitlyn visited the entire continental United States prior to settling down in Belton, South Carolina with her now deceased husband, Lucas Mitchell. Caitlyn was welcomed into the Chick-fil-A family, where she worked her way up to become the Training Services Manager.
On the road, Caitlyn was known to be a generous friend, a fierce fighter, a protective companion, a wild road dog, a giving spirit, and one hell of a musician. Caitlyn was never one to turn a friend away and her house often welcomed those in need with nowhere else to turn, often to her own detriment. But that’s just who Caitlyn was. She was the first person to hand her piece of pizza to the homeless man on the corner, to bust out her banjo, to busk for gas money for her friends, or to open her loving doors for a broken spirit.
Caitlyn leaves behind her parents, Shelly Benbow of Fernandina Beach and Bob Benbow and his wife, Kathy Fleck of Peachtree City; her brother, Dr. Rob Benbow of Hillsboro Beach; her grandmothers, Patricia Rabitaille of Fernandina Beach and Elizabeth Benbow of Port Orange; her aunt, Renee Smith of Fernandina Beach; her uncle, Greig Rabitaille and his wife, Beth from Ormond Beach; her aunt, Janet Goding and her husband, Ed of Port Orange; and many other loving family members both blood and non.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life service to follow. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to a Homeless Shelter or Humane Society.