He graduated from Monticello, AR High School in 1984. Shortly after high school, Mike joined the military where he served in the Marines. He then attended Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO, where he received his CNA and CMT certification. He moved to Springfield, MO around 1992. He had two daughters, Michaela (1996) and Gracelyn (2005). In 2021, Mike was reunited with a high school sweetheart, Cynthia Wheeler, where he was able to experience a new joy for life.
Mike loved to hunt and fish and was known for his mischievous adventures. Mike could be a friend to anyone and loved people in general. On December 31, 2005, Mike gave his life to the Lord. He was involved and helped lead a homeless ministry while attending Cornerstone Church located in Springfield. This came easy for him, because he never met a stranger. Mike was always ready with a quick comeback and loved to see others smile and laugh. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his fiancé, Cindy Wheeler of Monticello; his daughter, Gracie Chatham and long-time friend, Susie Chatham Sowards; as well as a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, mentioned above, and his broker, John Yingling.
Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2023, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Monticello. You can sign Mike's guestbook page at www.stephensondearman.com.
Barbara Martin, AR Tuesday, May 30, 2023 Cindy,I am so sorry for your loss.Prayers for you and the family.
aprilwaltersSeymour, MO Monday, May 22, 2023 I am glad got to be your friend I am going to miss your smiles you was a really good friend I guess I will says good bye for now
Jason and Emma FlippoIngleside, TX Monday, May 22, 2023 Our hearts go out to Mike's family and friends and send our heartfelt sympathy at this sad time. We are so sorry for your loss and we are praying for peace and comfort.
aprilwaltersSeymour, MO Monday, May 22, 2023 I am going to miss you was a good friend I am your smile and laughs now you now you are in a better place good bye for now
Melody couchSeymour, MO Monday, May 22, 2023 I will miss you my friend. We’ve been friends for many years now. I know you are in a better place now. I’m at a loss for words this has taken me by surprise. I have a lot of memories of when we worked together at the nursing homes in Springfield. And how you used tell send me messages when you worked at the car dealership. I will miss you Mike we will be with you one day soon. Fly high my bother
Susie SowardsCottondale, AL Sunday, May 21, 2023 No words to express how much my heart hurts. We went thru more than any other couple I knew. Thru it all we still loved each other enough to remain friends. I don't know who I'm going to turn to on earth when I have noone. You will always be loved and missed. Thank you for loving me the times I didn't love myself . Thank you for loving our daughter with all your heart. Thank you for the laughs, the love and our friendship. I will be lost with you.
April Ann WaltersSeymour, MO Sunday, May 21, 2023 I am going to miss you you was a good friend miss your laugh and smile I guess to say good by Mike wont forget you
Lillie waltersSeymour, MO Sunday, May 21, 2023 I am glad I got to meet you I will miss you alot .your friend lillie