Church of Christ minister
Donald Ray Kittrell died at the age of 73 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon
September 14, 2011 at Penn Hospice in Philadelphia following a long battle with
cancer. Funeral services for Mr. Kittrell were conducted in Philadelphia at 11
a.m. Saturday morning September 17th from the Warrington Ave. Church of Christ
before being returned to the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.
Wednesday September 21st
funeral services were conducted from the Montrose Church of Christ in Defeated
Creek where Mr. Kittrell was baptized and was a member until relocating to
Philadelphia. Longtime friend Wally Kirby officiated at the 1 p.m. services.
Burial followed in the Ridgewood Cemetery. One of four children of the late
Donald Lee Kittrell who died January 4, 1991 at the age of 82 and Sylvia Lorene
Ray Kittrell who died April 10, 1966 at the age of 53, he was born in the Key
Hollow at Monoville and attended elementary school at Pleasant Shade. A sister,
Abilene Kittrell Oliver preceded him in death on January 19, 1991 at the age of
57. Mr. Kittrell was a 1956 graduate of Smith County High School, received his
Associates degree from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson Tennessee and his
Bachelors degree from David Lipscomb University in Nashville. He did post
graduate work at Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating from
Lipscomb Mr. Kittrell taught Mathematics at Macon County High School. In 1966
he moved to Philadelphia where he became minister of the Warrington Avenue
Church of Christ and continued to minister there for 45 years until his death.
He was well known in Smith and surrounding counties where he often returned to
conduct gospel meetings. Having never married Mr. Kittrell’s only immediate
survivors is a sister, Shelby Brooks Peterson and husband Pete of White House;
brother, David Kittrell and wife Maurine of Mt. Juliet.