Mitchell “Cole” Ketchum

February 27, 1993 - March 2, 2024

02/27/1993 - 03/02/2024

Past Services

Friday March 08, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692-9188 | Directions
Friday March 08, 2024
6:00 pm
Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792
828-692-9188 | Directions

Mitchell Coleman Ketchum, known to his cherished friends and family as “Cole”, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 31 on Saturday, March 02, 2024, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Cole was born on Saturday, February 27, 1993, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Cole lived a life filled with passion for outdoor adventures, especially swimming. His talent as a skilled welder and his culinary skills in the kitchen brought joy to those around him. Known for his kindness and compassion, Cole touched the lives of many with his warm heart and caring nature.


He leaves behind a legacy of love and friendship. Cole is survived by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Rick Geche; brother, Matt Ketchum; his father and stepmother, Chris and Karen Ketchum, his half brother and half sister, Sam and Rachel Ketchum; the love of his life, Alana Newton, who held his heart; and his loyal dog, “Kai.” His grandparents, Frank and Pat Ketchum, and Tom Geche, along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins; and many friends he met along his journey also survive.


Cole is reunited in spirit with his grandmothers, Betty Harrison and Barbara Geche, and his grandfather, Walter Harrison. Though his physical presence is no longer with us, the memories of his laughter and love will forever be cherished.


A celebration of Cole’s life will be held on Friday, March 08, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The family will welcome friends for visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Sheryl Ann Dishman
1 month ago

Linda and Rick …… we are so sorry to hear about Cole. Our hearts are broken for you! We will be praying for ya’ll as you navigate this unimaginable loss.

Debra Cox
1 month ago

Linda, I am heartbroken to receive this news. Please know that I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I can remember sharing “son” stories with you during car riders and before meetings. We laughed that ‘coloring our gray hair’ may come earlier than expected . Please know that I am thinking of you .

Cindy Stein
1 month ago

Oh Linda I am so sorry to hear this. May his memory live within you as you grieve his loss

Maureen M Hicks
1 month ago

Linda and Rick, My heart aches for you. There are just no words, but I send you lots of love. Maureen

Carolyn Humphreys
1 month ago

Dear Linda, Rick and Matt, Hearing this news, my heart is in my throat. I am crushed for you, Alana and Kai. Cole had a smile that I will always truly lit up a room. Sending sincere sympathy and hugs. Love, Carolyn

Dave Jones
1 month ago

Linda and Family,
I so enjoyed the time I had with Cole as a teacher. My deepest sympathy to all for his loss. May God give you peace in knowing the lives he impacted.

David Mills
1 month ago

I’ll always love ya Cole. In a lot of ways we were exactly alike. I’ll always cherish the time when we lived together. Im glad I convinced you to move to Asheville. I knew you’d love it. Thanks for all the late night hangs and support you’ve shown me. Although Ive only met your folks once or twice, they loved you to the moon and back. My heart breaks for everyone.

I’ll see you on the otherside brotha,
Dave M

Steve and Lynda Breault
1 month ago

Beautiful tribute Linda. Our hearts go out to all that loved him. Lost for words.

Terry Jo Stewart
1 month ago

Linda I am so sorry. You have always shared many fun times with your boys. Hold tight to the good memories of Cole. Love and hugs to you during this difficult time.

1 month ago

Karen and Chris, no words can express our sympathy and compassion we are feeling for you and all your family. Praying the Good Lord brings you comfort and strength! No parent should have to endure the loss of a precious child. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Rachael and Al