9:02 PM EST, January 7, 2013
Andrew Jackson "Jack" Michael III, 85, of Big Pool, Md., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at his home in Big Pool.
Born in Big Pool on Jan. 6, 1928, he was the son of the late Boyd John Michael and Nellie Marie Clopper Michael.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Edna Lucille "Kate" Martin Michael, in 2008.
He was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Big Pool, and earlier of St. James Evangelical United Brethren Church, Big Pool.
He was a lifelong farmer, lumberman and land developer. Jack was employed by Mack Trucks and was the owner and operator of two Hagerstown motels in his early life.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and a member of Joseph C. Herbert American Legion Post 222 of Clear Spring.
Jack was a graduate of Clear Spring High School, Class of 1945, and was an avid hunter.
Jack is survived by a son, Andrew J. "Drew" Michael IV and his wife, Connie, of Big Pool; a daughter-in-law, JoAnne Michael of Clear Spring; two sisters, Mary Ogle of Stephens City, Va., and Donna Powell of Daleville, Va.; two brothers, Raymond J. "R.J." Michael of Boonsboro and Larry F. Michael of Clear Spring; four grandsons, Mark Michael and his wife, Allison, of Cooperstown, N.Y., Matthew Michael and his wife, Alana, of Clear Spring, Justin Michael and his wife, Brittany, of Clear Spring, and Andrew Michael V of Big Pool; seven great-grandchildren, Lukas, Corinne, Philip, Cohen, Tristan, Peter and Calliana Michael; numerous nieces and nephews; and special caregiver, Brenda Vann.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Dennis M. Michael; a sister, Carol Harris; and a brother, Boyd J. Michael Jr.
Services will be Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Big Pool. The Rev. Scott Summers, the Rev. Mark Michael and the Rev. George Michael will officiate. Burial will be in the Shanktown Cemetery with military honors by Joseph C. Herbert American Legion.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. For the convenience of friends, you may visit the funeral home after 11 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 5 Public Square, Suite 307, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
If seating becomes unavailable at the church service, the family would like to extend an invitation for all to still join them following the burial for food and fellowship at the Big Pool Community Building.
Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc. of Clear Spring has been privileged to serve the family.
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