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05/13/06

Prayer Service for Mayor Johnson

The pastors wanted to publicly pray for Savannah's mayor. The pastors wanted to publicly pray for Savannah's mayor.

Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson is continuing to recover at a Memphis, Tennessee hospital after suffering a heart attack. It happened two weeks ago while he was attending a conference.

On Saturday afternoon, the pastors of several Savannah area churches came together with city leaders and residents to pray for the mayor. The interfaith prayer service was held at St. Phillip Monumental A.M.E. Church on Jefferson Street. The pastors said they felt it's important to pray for our leaders and they wanted to publicly pray for Savannah's mayor, as well as his family, the city council and the city of Savannah. More than a dozen people attended.

“We're here to give support to the mayor," explained Savannah resident Evelyn Richardson. "We've been praying for him and we want to let him know that we love him and support him.”

Richardson said the mayor has touched many people's lives because of his compassion and all that he has done to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy life. Many others commented on the mayor's accomplishments, saying he has done so much for the community.

“I think we have the best mayor the city has ever had," said Savannah city employee Dale Arkwright.

The hour long service is just one of many that have been taking place across town.

Earlier this week, Mayor Johnson was moved from the intensive care unit to a private room at the Memphis hospital where he's been since April 29th. There's no word yet on when he'll return to Savannah. In his absence, Savannah city council members are covering many of his scheduled appointments and events.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

 

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