|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1922|
|Death: ||May 18, 2011|
Kenneth K. Mitchell, age 88, long time Educational Consultant for Agricultural Education, State Advisor of the Tennessee Association FFA, and past Director of Secondary programs in Career and Technical Education died on May 18, 2011 at Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, TN.
Born Oct. 18, 1922, Mitchell, a resident of Dickson, TN, and formerly from Anderson County, was a former teacher of Vocational Agriculture at Dickson High School where the FFA received many state and national awards under his leadership. He was a native of Loyston, TN (Union County), now covered by the back waters of Norris Dam, and a 1940 graduate of Norris High School where he began his teaching career as a part time teacher for World War II Veterans enrolled in the Institutional-on-the-Farm training. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the 787th Military Police Battalion and Headquarters Company of the First Airborne Army, and came home with the 84th Infantry Division from the European Theater of Operation. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he received both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Education as well as completing 45 hours of additional graduate work in Administration and Supervision at the University of Tennessee, Nashville. He also did graduate work at Ohio State University and the University of Maryland.
During his tenure with the State Department of Education, the Agricultural Education and FFA programs in Tennessee were recognized at the national level for meeting the educational needs for students preparing for careers in agriculture as well as other areas in the world of work. He played a major role in the development of innovative programs in agricultural education especially in the area of Ag Science at the secondary level. The Leadership Development program for FFA members at Camp Clements which he helped design has been a highly successful program where thousands of students have developed leadership skills. In his retirement he served as Executive Director Emeritus of the Tennessee FFA Foundation, Inc.
Known for his "Sensational, Educational, Motivational, and Highly Inspirational" Thought for the Day, Mitchell has been a recipient of numerous awards during his years of service. Some of them include the Honorary State American Farmer Degree, National FFA VIP Award, FFA Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding State Supervisor of Agricultural Education – National Award, and The Torch Award presented by the General Conference of Methodist Men.
He has been an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including Tennessee Council on Career-Technical Education, Retired Teachers Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau, Dickson Rotary Club, Nashville Area Agricultural Club, Board of Directors for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and First United Methodist Church where he served as Teacher Coordinator for the Pioneer Bible class.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Edith Robbins Mitchell; children, Kathryn Mitchell (Thomas) Jones of Franklin, TN; and Melanie Mitchell (David) Gunter of Athens, TN; grandchildren, David Mitchell (Nicole) Jones, and Eric Kendall Jones; and great-grandchild, Elijah William Jones, all of Franklin. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Mitchell Longmire of Powell, TN, and sister-in-law Reba Mitchell Brown of Nashville. He was preceded in death by his parents Elijah Alonzo Mitchell and Leona Ayres Mitchell, brothers Rev. Edwin D. Mitchell of Knoxville, and Robert L. Mitchell of Nashville; brother-in-law Hubert Longmire of Powell; and sister-in-law Virginia Mitchell of Knoxville.
Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 2:00pm-8:00pm, and Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson, TN. Services will be conducted Sunday, May 22, 2011, at 2:00pm at First United Methodist Church in Dickson, TN with Allen Weller officiating. Place of rest will be at Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Nephews will serve as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rex Kimbro, James H. Clemmer, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Williams; present and former Tennessee State FFA Officers; former co-workers; members of the Pioneer Bible Class; and Rotary Club.
The family has asked that donations be made to the Tennessee FFA Foundation and earmarked for the Historical/Preservation Fund or the Mitchell Scholarship Fund. Donations may also be made to the First United Methodist Church of Dickson.
Elijah Alonzo Mitchell (1895 - 1987)
Leona Ayres Mitchell (1897 - 1953)
Dickson County Memorial Gardens
Created by: Whitney Qualls
Record added: May 20, 2011
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