Mr. Kenneth E. Mitchell, Sr. was a social entrepreneur in the private sector. He was born in Orlando, Florida. His parents were Fletcher and Cornelia, both of whom preceded him in death. He was the second oldest of Ronald Clayton, Sr., Norman Tyrone, and Byron Gerald, who have also preceded him in death. He always had an interest in embalming and the funeral industry. He continued to improve himself and continuously strived to reach higher goals.
Kenneth graduated from the prestigious Jones High School in Orlando, Florida, in the Class of 1961. He further studied at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Gupton Jones Embalming School in Nashville, Tennessee and received his license as Funeral Director and Embalmer at that time.
Mr. Mitchells took a considerable risk while trying to establish Mitchell’s Funeral Home. The original establishment started its roots in Eatonville, Florida, which is now the town of Eatonville’s city hall. After careful thinking, Mitchell’s Funeral Home, Inc. relocated to our current location at 501 Fairvilla Road, Orlando, Florida 32808. Mr. Mitchell’s family had an integral role in his business to include this children, Kimberley and Kenneth, II, grandchildren, Christopher, Kamryn, and Aiden, nieces and nephews, Ronald, II, Tyrone, Rhonda, Renard, Sr., Ashley, Renard, Jr., Destiny, Deja, Logan, Jaden, and Johnathon and cousins, Randy and Ernest, all were raised and employed by Mr. Mitchell’s specifications, which included meticulous discipline and timeliness from early ages.
Mr. Mitchell was a member of the Florida Mortician’s Association, where he was a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity, and held positions of Executive Secretary, Vice-President, President, and Chairman of the Board. He was bestowed the Honor of Mortician of the Year in 1985, as well.
Mr. Mitchell was a recipient of the Delta Xi Lambda Orlando Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Drum Major of the year award in 1992 and the Unsung Hero award from the Orange County Health Department. He sponsored several organizations throughout his career to include, his beloved Jones High School, Ivey Lane Elementary School Head start, Smith Center Wildcats, and the Police Athletic League. He received several Community Service Awards from the following: Progressive Firefighters Association, Friendship Foundation, Delta Omicron Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc., Friendship Social Club, Village House Program, Pinsetters of Orlando, Modern Majestic Club, Inc., Dorie Miller Memorial Post 331 American Legion, Orlando, Mt Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, New Covenant Perfecting Ministries, New Covenant Baptist Church, Orlando, and Mt. Olive Christian Methodist Episcopal Lay Council.
Kimberley Laurice Mitchell, upon her father’s passing on July 21, 2020, has the mantel passed to her. She is an esteemed Orlando native, has been an active member and lifetime member of her community. Growing up the daughter of the revered owner of Mitchell’s Funeral Home, Inc. and Mitchell’s Florist, Inc., Kimberley has served the bereaved in its darkest hours. She has ensured that all families in need are provided with elite homegoing services despite economic hardships. Kimberley graduated from the prestigious Jones High School in Orlando, Florida, in the Class of 1988. She further studied at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Lynn University school of Funeral Service and received her license as Funeral Director and Embalmer at that time.
Ms. Mitchell is currently the sole owner and operator of Mitchell’s Funeral Home and Florist, Inc., and her provision of services exceeds the expectations of her families.