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Pastor Danny Ray Mitchell Sr.

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Pastor Danny Ray

Mitchell, Sr.

Pastor Danny Ray Mitchell, Sr., 69, of Shreveport, Louisiana entered peacefully into the heavenly gates of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Family Hour will be held Friday May 10, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church located at 2332 Jewella Avenue in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday May 11, 2013 at New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church at 12:00 noon with Pastor J. L. Franklin of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Pastor Lee Benson of Edmond, Oklahoma officiating.

Pastor Mitchell will be laid to rest at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, Louisiana on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

Pastor Mitchell was born August 23, 1943 to Willie Mae Mitchell and Cravon Reed in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was educated in Shreveport's public school system and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He continued his education at the University of Maryland with a degree of completion from Southern University in 1975. He also attended Shreveport Bible College from 1977 to 1978; United Theology Seminary 1981 to 1982; Baptist Christian College 1983 to 1984 and Moody Institute of Theology. In 1995, Pastor Murphy Hunt presented him with an honorary Doctorate degree from Louisiana Baptist University.

After returning home from the Air Force in 1968, he began working for Modern Clothing Store in downtown Shreveport. He utilized his business skills coupled with a great desire for entrepreneurship and purchased the store renaming it Modern Fine Men Clothing. He was the first black man to manage and own a clothing store in the city of Shreveport. He continued his entrepreneurship and in 1970 established the Jazz Workshop.

Pastor Mitchell received his call to the ministry in 1976. He ministered to people everywhere, including on the street corners in the city of Shreveport. In 1981, he became the Pastor of New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, where he ministered and served for 32 years.

Pastor Mitchell's desire was to change every person's heart and touch them in every aspect of their lives with the Good News of Jesus Christ. In addition to the love of GOD, Pastor Mitchell loved children. They were a joy in his life. His primary focus for children was their well-being, education, and knowledge of knowing and living in the Will of God.

The Lord opened another door of service allowing Pastor Mitchell the opportunity to serve eight years (1991 to 1999) as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing the constituents in the 2nd Congressional District. He took nothing for granted realizing that his voice in the Louisiana State Legislature was an extension of his voice in the church. During his eight years in office, he served on the Health and Welfare and Transportation Committees. He was also a member of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Additionally, he served as Executive Officer of BSA Troop & Pack 53 NEMBC, he was a life member of the NAACP, and the Kiwanis.

Pastor Mitchell is preceded in death by his Mother Willie Mae Mitchell, Father Cravon Reed, Sisters Betty Jo and Willie Mae, Grandparents Ella and William Reed and Susie Davis, and Aunt Inez Madison.

Forever cherishing his memory: Loving and faithful wife, Yvonne Moore Mitchell of eleven years; Sons: Danny R. Mitchell, Jr. (Tameka) Shreveport, LA and Terrence Young (Reyna) Garland, TX. Daughters: Monica Green (Alpha) Killeen, TX; Carla Lincoln (Brett) Mesquite, TX; Danielle Woods (David) Panama City, FL and Tiffany Groover (Sheldon) Clarksville, TN. Sisters: Sadie Reed, Hazel Taylor Smith (Ron) and Eva Taylor Broadway (Fred) all of Shreveport, LA, Ann Howard, Goodlettsville, TN, and Ella Harmon, Los Angeles, CA.

Brothers: David Mitchell Atlanta, GA and Gene Mitchell, Bloomington, IL. Grandchildren: Kristen, Brett Jr., Enrique, Xzavier, Dekovan, Paislee, Kevin Jr., Teryn, Melody, Karis, Isaiah, Isabella, Gai, and Tamiya. And a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be the Deacons of New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Danny R. Mitchell Jr., Terrance Young, Greg Shyne, and Charles Jackson, Jr.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Christus Schumpert Highland, Willis-Knighton Pierremont, and Regional Urology Oncology & Radiation Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the New Elizabeth Scholarship Fund in honor of Pastor Danny R. Mitchell, Sr.

Cancer Is So Limited.................

It cannot cripple love - It cannot shatter hope - It cannot corrode faith - It cannot eat away peace,

It cannot destroy confidence - It cannot kill friendship - It cannot shut out memories - It cannot silence courage,

It cannot invade the soul - It cannot reduce eternal life - It cannot quench the spirit,

It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.



Published in Shreveport Times on May 10, 2013
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