Thomas "Fred" Kitchen


Last updated 12/30/2020 at 5:15pm

Thomas “Fred” Kitchen, of Hendersonville, passed away with family at his side Dec. 24, 2020 after an extended illness.

Tom “Fred” was born in Brevard June 19, 1959. He grew up in Brevard and moved to Florida in the late 1990s where he worked in security as a K-9 officer, and later the career that he retired from. He became a sworn deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office where he was a traffic homicide deputy until his retirement in 2010.

He moved back to Hendersonville with his wife and two canine companions in 2011, where he enjoyed riding his motorcycle and driving his hot rods. He enjoyed slot car racing with his Rosman league. He was a lifetime member of The Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, where he enjoyed the brotherhood/ sisterhood on many rides.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; uncle, Tom Kuykendall; mother, Ruth Wilde, and stepfather, Elzie Wilde.

Survivors include his wife, Carole; son, Thomas Larry Kitchen III; daughter, Alice Sawyer Kitchen; father, Morris Kitchen and wife, Pat; granddaughters, Karma Paige Kitchen and Carolina Rose Kitchen; grandsons, Daniel and Christopher O’Diear; aunt, Deborah Morgan; cousins, Christina Kuykendall, Jennifer Devos, Jason Galloway, and Jessie Morgan; canine companion, Ice; childhood friends and riding buddies, Tim Baynard and Larry Keever; and numerous North Carolina and Florida law enforcement brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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