Funeral services for Claude M. Michael Jr. (Junior), 93, of May will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at the May First Baptist Church with Chaplain David Williams officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the May Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Junior passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at the age 93, in a local nursing home.
Junior was born on March 4, 1923 to Claude M. Michael Sr. and Rosa Ada Welch Michael in May. After attending school in May, Junior served in the United States Coast Guard from July 28, 1942 to March 15, 1946 during WWII. While in the service he learned various trades which he used daily throughout the remainder of his life.
On Aug. 14, 1948 he married the love of his life, Juanita Bruton in Coleman. Their union lasted 66 years, 10 months and four days when Juanita passed away July 4, 2015. Together they built a good life and raised two children, Robert and Brenda. He was Precinct 2 road foreman for 22 years from which he retired on Jan. 6, 1986. After his retirement, he worked for the public doing heavy equipment work for another 26 years, along with farming and ranching. He was a very loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. His grandchildren were the light of his life.
Mr. Michael was a member of the First Baptist Church in May and was a lifetime resident of this area.
Survivors include one son, Robert Harms of Longview; one daughter, Brenda Michael Tubbs and husband Kenneth of May; eight grandchildren, Michael Tubbs, Mark Tubbs, Shannon Davis and husband Robert, Roy Tubbs and wife Jillian, Traci Harms Bolton, Keisha Harms Marsolan and husband Jay, Stephen Harms and wife Jenna and Jarred Harms; eight great-grandchildren, Khrysta Whetstone and husband James, Zachary Davis, Taylor Beane, Ethan Beane, Kalli Beck, Korban Tubbs, Kayla Tubbs, Kyra Tubbs, Kinsley Tubbs and Kinsley Harms. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, George Michael; sister, Lorene Bush; grandson, Brock Harms; and two nephews, G.H. Michael and Samuel Bush.
Friends are invited to sign the guestbook at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.
Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.