Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of day
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, my loved one’s touch
If my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart, rejoice with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Mother Martha Blount Mitchell Washington was born to Jefferson Blount and Louise Bryant Beechem on September 8, 1923.
She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Saint Michael Missionary Baptist Church in Jacob City, Florida , where she remained faithful until her health failed.
She received her education through the public school system of Jackson County. She worked at Sunland Training Center, retired early and began maintaining a farm along with her husband, Deacon Kid Washington.
She also wore many hats: she taught Sunday School, Church Secretary, Treasurer, President of Home Mission, devoted member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Mother of the Church...but most of all a child of God.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to her childhood sweet heart, Johnny Rudolph Mitchell and to this union five children were born.
Mother Washington was preceded in death by her parents: Jefferson Blount and Louise Beechem; her husband, Deacon Kid Washington; three sons: Joseph R. Mitchell, Jefferson E. Mitchell and Raymond E. Mitchell; brothers: Jackson Blount and Dennis Beechem.
Mother Washington leaves to cherish her memories a loving and devoted daughter, Louise Crawford and her husband Dennis of Jacob City, Florida; her son, Charles Mitchell and his wife Michelle of Detroit, Michigan; brothers: James Blount of Jacob City, Florida and Frank Blount of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren: Kerrence Gray, Tampa, Florida, MaKesha Griffin (Eric), Tallahassee, Florida, Christopher Gray, Jacob City, Florida, Tony Mitchell (Connie), St. Petersburg, Florida, Michelle Mitchell, Graceville, Florida, Courtney Mitchell, Tallahassee, Florida, Darrell Mitchell, Tallahassee, Florida, Tangela Kelley (Joseph) Opa Locka, Florida, Charisse Mitchell, Atlanta, Florida, Joseph Mitchell, Jr., Jacob City, Florida, Cynthia Mitchell, Orlando, Florida, Sadie Mitchell, Jacob City, Florida, Juanita Health (Spencer), Orlando, Florida, Connie Mitchell, Graceville, Florida, Eunice Mitchell Rothwell, Midway, Georgia, Brandi Swerdloff (Tim), St. Petersburg, Florida; thirty-three great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; goddaughter: Kayla Gammon of Poplar Springs, Florida; a devoted cousin: Hattie M. Mullins of Jacob City, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends that she loved dearly and will be missed.
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