A beloved Mississippi pastor and father of seven was killed in a grisly crash last Friday, just months after indicating multiple times to his church and his mother that if he were to die he wanted them to “carry on.”
Popular musician and preacher Nathaniel Charles Miskell of Greater Mount Rest Church in Gulfport died on Highway 49 at the age of 57. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday.
“A few months ago, he told me and his flock a few times, ‘If I’m not here, I want y’all to carry on,” the pastor’s mother, Margie Miskell, revealed in an interview with the Sun Herald.
Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer told WLOX that the preacher died from blunt force trauma at the scene of the accident, which occurred on Highway 49 at East Wortham Road around 4:18 p.m. Friday.
He was traveling north on the highway in a Honda when a Toyota Sienna entered the roadway from East Wortham Road trying to turn south. The two vehicles collided at the intersection, causing the pastor’s death.
Known as a dynamic singer, preacher and songwriter, representatives of the Gulf Coast chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America told the Sun Herald that he developed and promoted his work through the organization for several decades.
“He was our organist and music director,” Sarah Robinson, a GMWA vocalist who worked with the preacher since the mid-1990s, told the publication. “He was a very inspirational man. We would travel all over the country to gospel workshops and he always shined.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair