December 15, 2012
Kenneth Ellsworth Mitchell, Sr. began his incredible life journey on August 6, 1945. The third son of Wallace Mitchell, Sr. and the late Gladys Elizabeth (Aylor) Mitchell wore many hats in his lifetime; he was a beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. His brothers and sisters included Gwendolyn, Wallace, III, Gladys, Darnell and Bruce. Kenneth infectious smile, sense of humor and laughter always brought warmth and love to any gathering. Kenneth loved to listen to music. He was always ready to cut a rug and dance the night away. Like a moth to a flame, people were drawn to him. Kenneth would not let his circumstances define him nor hold him down. He inspired us, he guided us and he chided us if he thought we were loosing our way. He believed that “Family”, was everything.
Kenneth was the eternal optimist believing he could overcome any obstacle. He was a dreamer. He believed you could do anything. If you really tried, nothing was impossible. In sports he ran towards the biggest toughest player and if necessary tackled him. Kenneth was a reverent person. He did not believe in big I’s and little you’s. He believed that we are all captains of our own ships and each of us has purpose, status and responsibility on this planet called earth. No one is better than the next. He was a Clerk, Research Assistant, a member of the Armed Services, Salesman, a Civil Servant, a Cab Driver, a Real Estate Agent, a Natural Medicine and Movie Enthusiast.
As a hopeless romantic, Kenneth was able to capture the love of the beautiful Marion Means as well as her hand in marriage. Their union produced three devoted children: Kenneth, Keith and Savienne. He was a loving and caring father. Kenneth was intent on his children having a realistic view of this world and he refused to candy coat the ups and downs of life’s journey. He encouraged them. No mountain was too high or valley too low for them to cross. The power of God was within each of them.
Kenneth graduated from Eastern High School in 1964 and then proceeded into the Armed Services. Later he attended the University of the District of Columbia and he was just shy of receiving his Associate Degree. During his life’s journey Kenneth was employed by the Bureau of Social Science Research, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Navy, General Services Administration and he was a Realtor at the family’s firm, “Mitchell Realty, Inc.”
In 1993 he joined Union Temple Baptist Church and became a member of the Men’s Chorus. He enjoyed being an active member and singing with his father. He faithfully attended services until his health began to fail. After a two year battle with illness, Kenneth E. Mitchell, Sr. transitioned on to glory peacefully at Holy Cross Hospital December 15, 2012.
Kenneth is preceeded in death by his mother Gladys E. Mitchell, sister Gwendolyn L. Mitchell and brother Darnell N. Mitchell. Cherishing his memory are his two sons; Kenneth Ellsworth Mitchell, Jr., Keith Wallace Mitchell and his daughter Savienne Michelle Mitchell; his grandchildren Raffinee Nickens, Savienne Simone Mitchell, Keith Wallace Mitchell, Jr., Kendra Michelle Mitchell, Keion Dwight Mitchell and Savienne Arianna Mitchell; father Wallace Mitchell, Jr., sister Gladys Mitchell Reed and brother Bruce C. Mitchell; sister-in-laws Roberta Mitchell an Susan Mitchell; brother-in-law George Reed and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
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