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Elder Johnnie M. (Mells) Burnett

March 31, 1943 ~ September 21, 2018 (age 75)
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      Home Going Service for Rev. Johnnie Burnett

       Reverend Johnnie Mae Mells Burnett was born on March 31st, 1943 in Blakely, GA to the deceased parents, Johnnie & Hattie Mae Mells of Blakely, GA.  She was also, preceded in death by her beloved husband & Pastor, Elder Carl Nathaniel Burnett.  Her sisters “Dorothy Mells Dudley”, Florence Mells, and Deacon Lois Franklin and her brothers Willie Mells and Thomas Mells, Sr.

             At an early age, Johnnie Mae joined the Saint Mathis Missionary Baptist Church where she remained faithful as a member until she moved to Brooklyn, New York.  There she married Carlton Nathaniel Burnett. Out of their beloved union, two wonderful girls were born, Lisa Manelli Burnett & Leslie’ Maelene Burnett; and shortly thereafter, they relocated to Newark, New Jersey.

After several years, the family joined themselves to the “Saint John UFW Baptist Church” under the leadership of Bishop Curtis D. Gilmore, Sr. Subsequently, in 1979, she received and answered the Divine Call to preach the Gospel of our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. Her Initial Sermon was entitled “Come See A Man” (The Women at The Well)!!  After the spiritual role to Pastoralship of her beloved husband, Minister Johnnie Mae Burnett was also consecrated as a Mother of Community Hope U. F. Baptist Church by The Metropolitan Annual Conference, under the leadership of Bishop Curtis D. Gilmore, Sr., 

Within her tenure as a Faithful & Inspiring First Lady, a Consecrated Mother & Ordained Licensed Preacher & Elder, Elder Johnnie Mae Burnett was also installed as the Co-Pastor of The Community Hope U. F. Baptist Church within the city of Newark, under the leadership of her beloved husband, Pastor Carl Nathaniel Burnett!! During the initial years of preaching, Elder Johnnie Mae Burnett attended The Metropolitan Bible School and received several certificates and Elder Licenses from The Metropolitan Annual Conference.  In 1993, after the home-going of her beloved husband & Pastor (Pastor Carl Nathaniel Burnett), Elder Johnnie Mae Burnett was installed as the Pastor of The Community Hope Baptist Church.

Shortly thereafter, it was the blessed year of March 2003 that Elder Johnnie Mae Burnett relocated back to Blakely, GA and resumed her membership at Saint Mathis Missionary Baptist Church and during her tenure as “Reverend Johnnie Mae Burnett” she served faithfully at the Saint Mathis Missionary Baptist Church and within the Chattahoochee Missionary Baptist Association.

Shortly thereafter, “Reverend Johnnie Mae Burnett” was moved by “The LORD” to become the Pastor of “The Anointed Missionary Baptist Church” of Blakely, GA and was installed as the Pastor in September 2009 where she faithfully served until “The LORD” called her to Glory Land her Eternal Heavenly Home.

Nevertheless, prior to her heavenly transition, “The LORD, GOD YEHOVAH-YHWH tremendously blessed her life and Christian ministry and she was elected to be “The First Woman Moderator of The South Georgia Region” October 2015 to October 2016. It has been duly noted by GOD and community. Unfortunately, her life came to its final living terminus, Pastor Johnnie’Mae Burnett had personally encountered and met many obstacles, but definitely not limited to many joyful and overwhelming days within her life and her Christian journey.

Reverend Johnnie Mae Burnett leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Reverend Lisa Manelli Burnett and Elder Leslie’ Maelene Burnett, both of GA, one brother, Eddie Mells and one sister, Mildred Mells both siblings of Blakely, GA.  Two brothers-in-law, Princeton Burnett & John Copeland, both of Pennsylvania, two sisters-in-law, Jane Burnett Forsythe (Pennsylvania) and Evera Mells Blakely, GA.  A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Also, the Members & Ministerial Staff of The Anointed Missionary Baptist Church and a host of Bishops, moderators, pastors, and Christian believers!!

On the morning of September 21st, 2018 her final appointment and her final time of departure had graciously arrived, it was time for Pastor Johnnie Mae Burnett to encounter and meet her final opponent “death”. Subsequently and fortunately she already knew she had the victory, she oftentimes preached “the fight is fixed” she knew she was an overcomer and what was the projected outcome, as she once again so eloquently preached the profound and prominent scripture text “Oh death where is thy sting, Oh grave where is thy victory??” 

Reverend Johnnie Mae Burnett leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Reverend Lisa Manelli Burnett and Elder Leslie’ Maelene Burnett, both of GA, one brother, Eddie Mells and one sister, Mildred Mells both siblings of Blakely, GA.  Two brothers-in-law, Princeton Burnett & John Copeland, both of Pennsylvania, two sisters-in-law, Jane Burnett Forsythe (Pennsylvania) and Evera Mells Blakely, GA.  A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

 

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