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Joe Michael

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Funeral services will be held for Joe Michael, 88, at the St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Homer on Monday, January 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Father Mark Franklin officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret’s.

Mr. Michael was born October 18, 1923 to Joseph M. and Carrie M. Michael. He entered into rest December 30, 2011. Mr. Michael was a life time resident of Homer. Professionally, he was the owner and founder of Michael’s Men Store. After turning the retail business over to his eldest son, Joe Ellis, he remained active working for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Claiborne Home Health, and Homer Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Michael served his community in many ways. He was the mayor of the Town of Homer for 20 years, a charter member of the St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, on the Board of the Arlington Cemetery, a member of the Homer Lions Club with perfect attendance for 60 years serving as president from 1968 to 1969, co-founder of the Homer Country Club, member of the Homer Chamber of Commerce, Homer Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, American Cancer Society Regional Director, Claiborne Jubilee Founder, chairman of fundraising committee for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

Joe Joe was the 1943 Homer High School graduation class valedictorian, three-year football letterman as a quarterback, fullback, linebacker and placekicker and 4 year drummer in the band. Upon graduating from high school he served for 2 years in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corp, 15th Bomb Wing in Chegignola, Italy. Upon his return from the war, he entered Louisiana Tech University, graduating summa cum laude. While there he was a 4 year letterman as quarterback, linebacker, placekicker, and kickoff specialist – known as “Toe Joe.” He was later inducted into both the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the National Football Hall of Fame. He was a member of the T Club for 4 years, Student Senate for 1 year, scholastic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, leadership honor society of Omicron Delta Kappa and Who’s Who.

He remained active with sports throughout his life, officiating a combination of high school, college and professional football for 45 years, umpiring Big 8 baseball for 10 years, and co-founding, constructing, and maintaining the Homer Golf Club for over 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters: Marpheae Michael Antoon and husband Bob, Teify Michael, Lucille Michael and Marguerite Michael, 3 brothers: Bertrand Michael, Ellis Michael and Freddie Michael and wife Jewel and by his 2 daughters: Rebecca Michael Craig and Mary Jane Michael.

Mr. Michael is survived by his wife of 60 years Marjorie Monk Michael, 3 sons: Joe Ellis Michael and wife Venetia, David Michael and wife Caroline, and Kevin Michael and wife Debbie, 2 daughters: Patricia Michael Schenck and husband Phil and April Michael Hand and husband Jimmy, 2 brothers James Michael and Ed Michael, 4 grandchildren: Will Michael and wife Kristen, Carrie Michael Bubenzer and husband Christian, Ellis Michael and Jonas Michael.

Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons: Joe Ellis Michael, David Michael, Kevin Michael, Johnny Craig, Jimmy Hand, Phil Schenck, Will Michael, Ellis Michael, Jonas Michael, and Christian Bubenzer.

Honorary pallbearers will be all the members of the NAAGQ, Paul Michael, Dr. D.K. Haynes, Carrell Dowies, Albert Doggett, Snap Oaks, Loy Weaver, Lewis Odom, Al Shirey, Don Odom, Dale Bale, Harry Woodall, Pete Pearson, and Jimmy Bates.

Memorials may be made to St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Arlington Cemetery, Homer Memorial Hospital, Louisiana Tech University Athletics, St. Jude, or the charity of your choice.

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