Mrs. Grace Ramona Mitchell – Gordon, a native of Columbia, Tennessee, was born on January 10, 1938, to the late Eugene, Sr. and Julia Mitchell. She was one of four children born to this union. Far to soon, on August 11, 2021, she transitioned to her mansion in the sky, never again to suffer pain, headache, or strife, but to live in peace and everlasting joy.
She was educated in the Maury County Public School System, where she graduated from Carver Smith High School. Upon completion of high school, she received her Bachelor of Science (1960) and a Master of Science (1971) degree in education with a minor in English, all from Tennessee State University. While there, she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and pledged in Chattanooga through a grand chapter. In 1979, the completed 45 hours degree in vocational education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee.
For over 45 years, Mrs. Gordon, as she was known by her students, helped cultivate the minds of many young people. She has taught business education, English, and information technology at several schools Capitol Heights, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and several cities in the state of Tennessee, including Chattanooga, Columbia, Lexington, Munford, and Nashville. She retired from Metro Nashville Public School System (MNPS) after many years serving as a Business Education teacher at McGavock High School, and later, Hunters Lane High School.
At a young age, Grace accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, being baptized at Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church of Columbia, Tennessee.
In 1983, she married Aberell Keith Gordon. Her passion was teaching and enjoyed spending time with her family. Also, she enjoyed traveling. She dedicated her life to the service of others. She was a proud member of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World, One Spirit Book Club, Prince Hall Order of Eastern Star, Tennessee State University Alumni Association (55-year vintager), the Retired Teachers Association of Prince Georges County in Maryland, and the Democratic National Committee.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Eugene Mitchell, Jr., one sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Frankie Sawyer, and one grandchild, Javier Wiley.
Grace leaves to cherish her memories, loving and devoted daughters, Ramona Mitchell and Shauna (Brian) Wiley – Samuel; grandchildren, Brittany (Alex) Atkins, Brandon (Alexandria) Mitchell, Brecia Mitchell, and Che (Ian) Wiley – Clausen; great-grandchildren, Phillip Motley, Jr., Cayden Smith, Brooklyn Mitchell, and Amryn Wiley; nieces and nephews, Myron Mitchell, Sr., Michelle Littlejohn, and Victor Eugene Mitchell; devoted friends, Chlora Nicholson, Mary Patrick, Carmen Turner, Mary Helm, and Teresa Brown; a host of other family and friends.