God dispatched his Heavenly Angels on the morning of July 8, 2020 to usher home the beautiful soul of the Beloved Mrs. Gussie M. Mitchell. She was graciously favored by God to celebrate her 100th birthday on May 18, 2020. Her life exemplified that of a “Virtuous Woman” and her price is far above rubies. She fought a good fight and has finished her course and kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give her at that day and not to her only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. She was born on May 18, 1920 to Mr. George McGriff and Mrs. Arsorlar Anderson McGriff of Attapulgus, Georgia. She is the wife of the late Pastor E.E. Mitchell, Sr. and of this union thirteen children were born. Mrs. Mitchell, the wife of the late Pastor E.E. Mitchell, Sr. was very supportive of the ministry of four churches whereas Pastor Mitchell was the Under-Shepherd at one time. She joined the Mount Zuma Missionary Baptist Church and she was very active and committed within the church. She was the president of the Senior Choir Ministry, Missionary Ministry and was in support and attendance of Sunday School, Bible Study and all programs to advance the church in kingdom building. First Lady Mitchell and Pastor E.E. Mitchell, Sr. were always in high demand to sing; “I Read My Letter” wherever they were ministering, even in Bamberg, Germany where their oldest son was stationed in the military and Pastor. This song, as a duet, is their trademark! Mrs. Mitchell was the best cook and did not use measuring cups nor spoons or a recipe book because all the food that she cooked was with love from her heart. Her house was the place to be after church on any given Sunday or any day of the week for a luscious and tasty meal. She was an avid coffee drinker and loved to watch soap operas and talk with her sister, Mrs. Gladys Jackson daily on the phone. She also loved to hear Bishop G.E. Patterson preach and Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs sing. She also loved to hear her sons; The Mitchell Brothers sing. She gained notoriety for having an article written in The Post Searchlight Newspaper of walking an estimated two miles daily when she was in her nineties. She is the “Rock” of the family and is known and highly respected within the community and surrounding areas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pastor E.E. Mitchell, Sr., daughters; Mrs. Gladys Lowe (Charles) and Mrs. Almorris Redrick (Clarence); two sons; Mr. Larry Mitchell, Mr. James Mitchell, father; Mr. George McGriff, Sr., mother; Mrs. Arsorlar McGriff, sisters; Mrs. Gladys Jackson (Leroy), Pastor Georgia Mae McGriff Cole (Joseph), brothers; Mr. Frank McGriff (Carrie), Mr. George McGriff, Jr., Mr. James Edward McGriff (Christine), Mr. Horace McGriff (Velma) and Mr. J.D. McGriff. Mrs. Mitchell leaves to cherish her memories; five daughters; Mrs. Louise Hatcher (Roger), Missionary Ida Duckworth (Percy), Mrs.Von Nelson (Don) and Mrs. Doris Benton and Mrs. Brenda Bush (Reginald) and four sons; Pastor Dr. E.E. Mitchell, Jr. (Delphine), Deacon Jimmie L. Mitchell (Gloria), Pastor Reverend Harry J. Mitchell (Cynthia) and Deacon Terry B. Mitchell (LaKisha), sisters; Mrs. Mattie McGriff Oliver (Henry) and Mrs. Mable McGriff Williams (Robert). Mrs. Mitchell also leaves to cherish her memories a host of loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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