Samuel ‘Burton’ Mitchell


Samuel “Burton” Mitchell passed away on June 23, 2018. He was born in Dagsboro, Del., and was a longtime resident of Salisbury, Md.

He attended John M. Clayton School in Dagsboro, Del., for grades 1 to 12. After high school, he entered the Army, where he served for two years at Ft. Carson Army Base in Colorado. Mitchell married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, the late Lavessa Hudson Mitchell. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage before she passed away on March 10, 2001.

Mitchell worked at Dupont in Seaford, Del., for 40 years before retiring. He then worked for Nyquist in Salisbury for 20 years. He was also a long-standing member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury, serving as head usher for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavessa Hudson Mitchell; his mother, Emily Cowan Mitchell; his father, Delbert B. Mitchell; a sister, Emily Draper; and two brothers, Kermit Mitchell and Jerry Lee Mitchell. He is survived by his children, Kimberly “Kim” Mitchell Blake of Dagsboro, Kevin Burton Mitchell of Newark, N.J., Keith Ralph Mitchell of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kelly Mitchell Brittingham of Salisbury; grandchildren, Holly Weaver Jones and husband, Jon, Kayla Blake Syphard and husband, Rob, Paige Mitchell, Connor O’Malley and Kennedy O’Malley; great-grandchildren, Haley Jones and Justin Jones; brother, Daniel “Danny” Mitchell and his wife, Kay; brother-in-law, Bruce Hudson; and sister-in-law, Sandra Hudson Bell and her husband, Jim; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher Street, Frankford, Del., with funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Carey’s Cemetery in Frankford, Del.

Memorial donations may be sent in lieu of flowers, to Coastal Hospice; 2604 Old Ocean City Rd.; Salisbury, MD 21804, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Pl.; Memphis, TN 38105 (Source Code: IQ 170788777), or to Trinity U.M. Church; 112 High St.; Salisbury, MD 21801.

Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.