Mr. Homer Lee Mitchell


Mr. Homer Lee Mitchell, affectionately known as Homer to his friends and loved ones, was a beacon of light and a pillar of strength throughout his 83 years of a well-lived life. Born on April 26, 1941, in the serene town of Bay Harbor, Florida, Homer embarked on a journey filled with love, wisdom, and an indomitable spirit that would leave an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. His journey came to a peaceful close on June 17, 2024, in Panama City, Florida, surrounded by the warmth of his loving family.

Homer’s life was characterized by his unyielding dedication to his community and his steadfast commitment to his family. He was the cherished son of the late John and Eva Mae Bishop Mitchell and shared his childhood with his sister, Lela Johnson, and brother, Leroy Mitchell, both of whom preceded him in death. Homer’s legacy continues through his adoring children: Maurice Walker (Kenyett Ross), Tony Mitchell, Donald Mitchell (Lindsay), and Jade Ladson (Jay), as well as his beloved stepdaughters, Kimya Reed (Andrae) and Wendy Kelly. His life’s joy was further multiplied by the presence of his grandchildren, who will carry on his legacy of kindness and determination.

Homer’s story would be incomplete without acknowledging his profound impact on the community of Bay County. As a dedicated Trustee of the Redwood Cemetery Committee and its Treasurer, as well as a devoted member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, he exemplified what it means to serve others with a whole heart. His 33 years of service as a Meter Reader with Teco Gas were marked by his friendly demeanor and the respectful and spirited manner with which he approached each day.

The narrative of Homer’s life is woven with the threads of wisdom he shared, the friendships he nurtured, and the love he bestowed so generously. He was known for his friendly smile that could light up a room, his wise counsel that guided many through turbulent times, and his spirited nature that inspired all to live life to the fullest. Homer’s presence was a gift to his family, his friends, and the countless lives he touched.

His grandchildren, Uvarius, Uzavien, Ubriah, Brian, Zaccheus, Shakirah, David, Marcus, S’Tonya, Tatyana, Naudia, DaShawna, Harmony, Donavyn, Neariah, Keonne, Shamari, Omari, Demarcus, Christian, Caleb, and Calvin, will forever remember their grandfather as a man who taught them the value of hard work, the importance of faith, and the power of a kind heart. His numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends will continue to feel his influence in their lives and cherish the memories they have of a man who was truly extraordinary.

Homer’s remarkable life story is a testament to the power of positivity and the impact one individual can have on the world around them. His journey reminds us to embrace each day with a smile, to share our wisdom freely, and to live with a spirit that refuses to be dimmed. As we celebrate the life of Mr. Homer Lee Mitchell, let us carry forward his legacy by living our lives with the same enthusiasm, grace, and love that he demonstrated every day.

In honor of Homer, let us all strive to be as friendly, wise, and spirited as he was, making a difference in our corners of the world. His was a life well-lived, a story well-told, and a legacy that will continue to inspire. Homer Lee Mitchell’s memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him, and his light will continue to shine brightly through each act of kindness we bestow upon one another.

Public visitation will be 4-6 PM, Friday, June 28th 2024, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1942 E 7th St, Panama City, FL 32401.

A celebration of life will commence at 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 29th 2024 from the sanctuary of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, in Panama City, Florida with the Reverend Parnell Smith officiating.

Mr. Mitchell will be laid to rest in the Redwood Cemetery in Panama City under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, FL


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