The First Baptist Church posted this message on their website:
“We are so very saddened to announce that our beloved pastor, Bro. Mike Whitt went to be with Jesus tonight. We are shocked, but trusting in the good and perfect plan of God our Father. Please pray for his family: Melissa, Elizabeth, Lydia, Julia and Jonathan.
We will be having a church wide prayer service tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6 PM in the FBC sanctuary. All who love Mike and desire to pray for his family are welcome.
Additionally, the Whitt family requests that due to the large number of relatives that will be coming into town over the next few days, please limit phone calls and visits to their home. Food, cards, and letters are greatly appreciated.”
Yesterday at his men’s softball league game he collapsed and was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Pastor Mike Whitt was only 40 years old.
He leaves behind a wife and four children.
And also a community at the First Baptist Church in Abbeville that he has served since 2005.
Kanetha Davis said, “He has a very strong family. Their faith and trust is in the lord and I know that is where they will draw their strength from. But they are also going to need this community and I truly believe this community will come right beside them and lift them up right where they need to be. And love on them in a way that they could not ever imagine.”
“There are not enough words to express the legacy he leaves behind. Not only in his family, but this church family. In our small community. He just touched so many lives here. And there is definitely a huge legacy he leaves behind for all of us," Davis said.
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