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My mom said Michael was like and old shoe. Comfortable. His gentle and quiet demeanor and his kind nature had such a warmth. There hasn't been a day since his passing that I have not thought about him and wished I could give him a call and have a conversation. Before my mom came to live with me in 2001, we (Mom, Michael and I) were going to the Fox for a concert one day and we parked on the street a couple of blocks away. As I tended to do with Mom, I was telling her to "come on, hurry up" while we were walking to the theatre. Later that day, after we returned home, Michael said to me " you know why your Mom is slow don't you?" to which I probably said no. He said, "she has a hard time seeing".... Probably less than six months later she was diagnosed with macular degeneration and her eyesight severely deteriorated. He was always the thoughtful, caring person and brought a calmness which we don't get nearly enough of these days. My thoughts are with his family and friends this anniversary of his passing.
Terry Beardsley (now Erion) Jan 28 2013 12:00 AM
Dads birthday and the anniversary of his death is coming up this week. It doesn't seem like a year has gone by since he was here with us. I think about him everyday and miss him more than anything. Dad was the most amazing person I know. I always try to keep in mind how he lived his life with such bravery and compassionate. He was so dedicated to the relationships with his family, friends and anyone that crossed his path in everyday life. He is forever my ultimate hero. I'm going to do my best to celebrate his life this week and try to live my life to the fullest as he did. Happy Birthday Dad! I love you with all my heart. Becca
Becca Jan 27 2013 12:00 AM
Mr. Houchins was my Construction teacher from 1995-1999 at Mcintosh High School in Peachtree City Ga. 13 years out of high school and I still think about him often and the difference he made in my life as a high school kid. We canoed on the lake and fished together after school. I considered him a friend as well as a teacher. He saw something in me that I could not even see myself at the time and looking back on it as an adult, his presence in my life probably made all the difference in who I turned out to be. I'm not sure if he ever knew how thankful I am for that. I see his kids in a lot of the pictures and I just want to say to them, your dad was an awesome man, but I'm sure you know that already!
Joey Pyron Dec 4 2012 12:00 AM
Michael, pat, and Gary grew up with me and my two brothers. Ronnie same age as Mike was also born on January 31st. Tommy was Gary's age and Pat and I were one year apart. They grew up in Frayser and we went there all the time. There was a train track behind their house. We all went to Trenton, Tn to mammaw and pawdaddy Stules house where we alsways had a blast. Mike and I reconnected when his mom, my Aunt Ginny died. Mike, Gary, And Pat came here and stayed and we had so nuch fun. I think about that great time we shared for 3 days all the time. So sorry I never met his beautiful children but have since met Samantha and Jennifer. He will be sooooo missed. What a kind hearted life loving person he was. Love, cousin Dianne
Dianne Stults Witsell Apr 4 2012 12:00 AM
Michael was my brother. I can't believe that he is gone. It is incredibly sad, but every time I think of him, I smile. My last memory of him was dancing with him at our Nephews wedding in Acworth, GA on October 1, 2011. It will be a memory that I will treasure for the rest of my life. RIP my brother. You had the best energy and such an awesome soul. I will miss you so very much.
Veda Cannon Barner (Michael''s sister) Mar 5 2012 12:00 AM
We would like to send our condolences to Michael's family. We first met Michael here at Snow Mountain Ranch. He and Don were both retired Industrial Technology teachers and shared that and their love of kayaking and of Snow Mountain Ranch. We would visit with Michael as we came through Chattanooga on our way to and from Atlanta to visit a son and family. He was such a wonderful person. He was a good listener and really cared about people. He was a gentle, soft-spoken man with an adventurous spirit, a friend to all. We will miss him so. He will live on in the hearts of all of his Snow Mountain friends. His memorial service gave us a chance to share our stories and celebrate his life.
Don and Shirley Trow Feb 26 2012 12:00 AM
To the family of Michael, We had a beautiful Memorial Service for Michael on Feburary 24th at Snow MT Ranch. It was well attended and several people told their stories and thoughts about Michael. Everyone loved Michael. He was a caring, thoughtful and friendly guy. He remembered everybody's names. We was always up for a new adventure. He had a big smile that was spread to others. He will be deeply missed by the Snow MT Ranch family. Our condolences go out you.
John & Linda Ourada Feb 26 2012 12:00 AM
Our sincere sympathy upon Michael's passing. We met Michael three years ago at the YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado and quickly learned that he was a true gentleman. He was such an intersting individual and had a strong desire to learn about new things. He will be truly missed. May your memories sustain you during this difficult time.
Bill & Shirley Needels Feb 24 2012 12:00 AM
I was the President of the Tennessee Valley Paddle Club last year. Michael cheerfully pitched in at our events. His smiling face at the registration table reassuring many paddlers. I know you all must be proud of him. He will be missed.
Emma Ford Feb 22 2012 12:00 AM