A Savannah preacher and local community activist laid to rest

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Cars lined boths sides of Montgomery Street as hundreds of people filled the inside of Jonesville Baptist Church to celebrate the homegoing of Rev. Dr. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. Among the crowd were many local and state officials, like Savannah's Mayor Otis Johnson and U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston.

"He was a man of his word. He was a hard working man and if he said, 'I can do this,' that's what he'd do. He never over-promised or over-claimed, but he always delivered," Kingston said.

"If he wanted to do something and you're not ready to do it he'd find a way to get you to do it. His determination was very strong," said Casanova Jones, a friend of the late Reverend.

Sixty-two year old Rev. Bennie Mitchell pastored Connor's Temple Baptist Church for more than 35 years.

"He was the world's greatest. He was a caring man. He cared about everybody and he was just like a brother to us because that's how he was. If anything went wrong he was right there," said church member Eula Thomas.

The husband for 39 years and father of three was always there for his family as well.

"My father was more than a preacher and teacher. To me he was a scholar, a coach, a director, a vocal artist, an actor, and in my college years, my executive producer," said son Bennie Mitchell, III.

Rev. Dr. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. was an inspiration and legend that will be remembered for many years to come. One of his many accomplishments was founding the Savannah's Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Association.

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