The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Magnolia Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Reverend Hosie Waters, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow at the Champ Waters Cemetery, Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
Dana Louise Mitchell, better known as “Dana Dayne,” was born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia August 13, 1989 to the beloved parents of Gloria McKenzie Mitchell and the late Ernest Woodrow Mitchell. Dana grew up in Montezuma, Georgia with her beloved grandparents the late Officer Freddie Mallard and the late Mrs. Carolyn Mallard. Dana was a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church where she acquired her Christian training in the church and Sunday school.
Dana, following the guidance of her parents and grandparents, learned early in life her path of duty. She exemplified her worth with the following ministries: Youth Choir, Vacation Bible School teacher, helped with the Easter Programs, and the Youth Department. From age five to seventeen she was a participant in the Southwest Georgia Missionary Baptist Association, Inc., of Americus, Georgia. She ranked first place in the oratorical contest. She represented the church well in all its facets. She was the recipient of many awards and certificates. She was recognized and awarded on the following: Martin Luther King, Jr. Program, 216 Rosa F. Erving Queen Extravaganza Award, and on Deacon S. T. Hannor Programs she was most recognized as she spoke on, “Give People Their Flowers While They’re Alive,” and she was master of ceremony and roaster for the banquet for Mrs. Annie Kate West’s Banquet.
She was an honor student and worked very hard to acquire the education she so desired. With her books before her and a pencil in her hand, she strived for the best in her life. From Kindergarten, to high school and on throughout college she exemplified her true talent. In 2007 she graduated from Macon County High School with honors and played a dynamic roll in basketball and track and field.
Dana was very active in all her job opportunities and what would help her and her family in obtaining her college education. She worked in several places as a waitress at Cracker Barrel and Longhorn both in Perry, Georgia. During this period she earned her degree from South Georgia Technical College where she received her associate degree in 2010. On May 2, 2015 she received her degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia. During her tenure at Fort Valley State University she was employed at GA Mental Health as a Paraprofessional at Morning Star Children and Family Services, Inc. of Reynolds, Georgia and Fort Valley State Trio for four years. She was awarded Outstanding Student of the Year. Following the foot print of her parents and grandparents she joined Eunice Chapter No. 164 OES of Montezuma, Georgia. She served as conductress for the Chapter; she also was the 2016 queen of Eunice Chapter No. 164 OES. During her reign she competed in the Americus District No. 14 where she won 2nd place. In the district she served as the 5th point on the star.
Those of us who will remember her loving and caring ways are her beloved son and heart, Jaiden Amir Coleman, Montezuma, Georgia; mother, Gloria Mitchell, Montezuma, Georgia; siblings, Quinton Jabara Mitchell and Samaria Danyon Mitchell both of Warner Robins, Georgia; grandmother, Ruby Williams, Atlanta, Georgia; uncles and aunts, LaNorris Jolly (Barbara) Warner Robins, Georgia, Obie Ann Turner, Decatur, Georgia, John Mitchell (Dorothy) College Park, Georgia, Eva Nelloms, Betty Simmons, Barbara Mitchell, Annie Ruth Mitchell, and Jackie Lloyd Mitchell all of Atlanta, Georgia; great aunts and great uncles, Muriel Harris (Willie James), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Betty Clark, Jacqueline Clark, Manuel Clark, Constance Baldwin, Dan V. Clark, Liza B. Sanders (Thomas) all of Montezuma, Georgia and Elsie Mallard Martin, Warner Robins, Georgia; and a host of beloved cousins and caring friends including Magnolia Baptist Church and Fort Valley State University.