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Ben MitchellDecember 7--  Longtime Lyons City Council Member Ben Mitchell passed away on Friday.  He was serving in his 8th term as a city council member.  He also served as Mayor Pro-Tem.

Below is a press release from the City of Lyons.

December 9, 2019
From the office of Mayor Willis D. NeSmith Jr.,  and the Lyons City Council
We are shocked and grieving over the untimely death of Lyons Council Member Benjamin Mitchell on December 6, 2019. But one person’s feelings are secondary to the fact that all of Lyons and Toombs County has lost a great man and advocate for unity and community service.   
Benjamin Mitchell became a member of the Lyons City council in 1988.  During his tenure, he was outspoken regarding the safety of the community and unity among its council and the county.  He supported the Mayors and served many terms as Mayor Pro-Tem.  Never one to boast or grandstand, Councilman Mitchell was a steadfast voice for Lyons and the surrounding community.
Councilman Benjamin Mitchell was an active member of St. Luke AME Church and served there in many roles.  Councilman Mitchell also served in the United States Military and was a Vietnam Veteran.  Councilman Mitchell captured the essence of being a public servant. Our heart goes out to his family, friends, colleagues and all city residents.  The council and I urge everyone to honor his memory by serving in your community, in a civic organization, a church or your neighborhood.
Councilman Mitchells arrangements are as follows:
 The Family will receive friends at Vidalia Funeral Home on Friday, December 13th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
 Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 am at St. Luke AME Church, located at 327 E. Columbia Ave, Lyons GA  30436.