Michael D. “Mike” Murrell
August 1, 1954 – April 28, 2020
After fighting COVID-19 on a ventilator for over thirty days, Michael D. “Mike” Murrell, 65, dies from the deadly virus though he had no underlying health conditions.
Generous and beloved Murell lived in Stone Mountain Georgia and was the owner and manager of Murrell’s Café, southern cuisine restaurant and catering business which was a prominent fixture on the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) campus and the Morris Brown College campus. He also managed restaurants in his home state of North Carolina.
Murrell, originally from Trenton, North Carolina, went to Jones Senior High School and attended and graduated from North Carolina A & T State University in 1978.
Murrell’s Café was Atlanta’s best-kept secret, with its soul food, serving mouth-watering chicken and fish, creamy macaroni-and-cheese, mashed potatoes, collard greens and other southern favorites, all topped off with Murrell’s famous, secret-recipe sweet tea. This restaurant closed last summer as he focused on his restaurant in North Carolina.
He enjoyed being a chef and teaching young students how to cook.
Michael Murrell’s funeral service was on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church at 1879 Glenwood Avenue SE, in Atlanta, Georgia 30316. Even though social-distancing was practiced given the current COVID-19 pandemic, his brothers from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. still gathered and remained in their automobiles to pay tribute. Final arrangements were entrusted by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory, 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur, Georgia 30034.
He is survived by his brother, Robert; two daughters; and three granddaughters.
Last updated on May 1, 2020