Services for Jacqueline Denise Mitchell will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m., at West Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with Rev. Odell Hopkins and Rev. Bennie J. Hopkins Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Savoy, with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Mitchell, 49, of Meridian, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 8, 1963 in Meridian, the eighth child of the late Allen Mitchell Sr. and Annie Beatrice Cole Mitchell. Jacqueline confessed Christ at age nine and was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church by Rev. D. L. Bell (deceased). She remained faithful throughout her life. She was dedicated, and served diligently as a child in many youth organizations of the church, she played the piano for the Sunday school and was a member of the youth choir, later she specialized in printing the church bulletins and promoting Christ centered programs. She served on many committees and was the announcing clerk and former Sunday school teacher at West Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
Jacqueline taught in the 2nd New Hope District (YPD) Young People's Department, as well as, the East Mississippi State YPD. She was a certified teacher in the unified churches of Meridian, Mississippi Leadership School. For the last five years she has taught the 13-14 age group of the Southwest Region Youth Conference Leadership classes, YPD of the National Baptist Convention, USA. Inc.
"Miss Mitchell" as she was called by her many students, graduated from Meridian High School in May 1981. She furthered her education, by earning her bachelor of science degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg in May 1985.
Jacqueline taught 6th and 7th grade English, Reading, Career Discovery, and ICT Computer Applications at Carver Middle School. Her teaching career spanned over 28 years. At Carver, she served as the Co-Chair of the National Jr. Honor Society; she assisted students through the Early Bird tutorial program and homework hotline and helpline. She served on various committees and clubs: Slam Club, Yearbook Staff, Red Ribbon, Adopt-A-School, Academic Awards committee. She was also the school representative working with Tech Prep, a program partnered with Meridian Community College. Jacqueline taught adult literacy for many years, and she taught Beginners Computer Science at Ross Collins Vocational Center in the afternoon. Teaching was her passion whether at school, at church, or in the community.
As a mother, Jacqueline raised her son from the same principles from which she had been taught. She supported him with much love and he received encouragement from his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Only Josiah knows all of the "teaching lessons", he has learned over the years.
Jacqueline loved her family and appreciated all of the "love" her family showered on her. Sister Jacqueline, will be remembered for her faith in God, her generosity, tenacity, audacity, and her God given gifts to be the "Jack-A-Lack" of all trades.
Survivors include a loving son, Josiah I. Crowell of Meridian; sisters: Minister Lois Mitchell Love of Los Angeles, Calif., Myrtle Mitchell Seals, Mary E. Hopkins, and her husband Rev. Bennie J. Hopkins Sr., all of Meridian, Minister Essie Anderson and her husband Rev. Roosevelt Anderson of Inglewood, Calif., Clarice Hearn and her husband Felton J. Hearn Sr., of Collinsville, Minister Valerie Penny and her husband Rev. Anthony Penny, Dorothy Danzy and her husband, Edward Danzy, all of Orlando, Fla.; brother: Allen Mitchell Jr. and wife Connie of Meridian; a loving uncle, Leroy Cole and wife Margaret Cole, of Cleveland, Ohio; aunt, Callie Brown; a special cousin, Rowena Sanders; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be missed be her neighbors, friends, and students that she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. Annie Beatrice Cole Mitchell and Mr. Allen Mitchell Sr.; and, two sisters: Algean Mitchell and Peggy Mitchell.
A memorial service will be held Friday, at West Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.