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Dec. 20, 1946-June 12, 2008

FAIRVIEW -- Michael Jordan Sizemore, 61, took his walk with the Lord Tuesday, June 12, 2008, from home after a lengthy illness.

The funeral service will be held in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, Father's Day, as a celebration of life of our husband and father. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Chadwick Allen and the Rev. Jeff Burchette. A graveside service will follow at Bell Methodist Church Cemetery in Leicester.

He was born Dec. 20, 1946, in Gaston County and was the son of the late Rev. Carl and Mazel Jordan Sizemore.

He honorably served his country for one tour of duty in Taiwan during the Vietnam War. He began his career with CP&L (Progress Energy) in 1964 as a meter reader. In 1983, he moved to Cary, N.C., where he became a senior development training specialist.

In 2002, he became the manger for the construction crews in the Kinston-Goldsboro area. During his time at Progress Energy, he was a loaned executive for more than two years with Wake County United Way, and served on various committees and groups. He retired from Progress Energy in October 2003 with 39 years of service.

After his retirement, he began to paint and created many beautiful landscapes and still-lifes in acrylic and chalk.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joyce Jones Sizemore; two sons, Stephen Sizemore and wife, Connie, of Hayesville, N.C., and Bryan Sizemore and wife, Jennifer, of Fairview; a daughter, Heather Sizemore Brown and husband, David, of Selma, N.C.; five grandchildren, Colby, Sarah and Lacee Sizemore of Asheville, Courtney Sizemore of Leicester, N.C., and Ashley Goodwin and husband, Matthew, of Hayesville, N.C.; and one great-grandchild, Cheyenne Lilly Goodwin of Hayesvillle.

Also surviving are three brothers, John Sizemore and wife, Carolyn, of Canton, N.C., Paul Sizemore and wife, Deana, of Hickory, N.C., and Phil Sizemore and wife, Connie, of Canton, Ga.; a sister, Susan Sizemore Wellmon and husband, Gary, of Shelby, N.C.; an uncle, Paul Jordan of Winston-Salem; and many nieces, nephews and a host of cousins.

He is also survived by his precious and beloved pal and constant companion, Sophie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, J. Paul and Jessie Huntsinger Jones, and grandparents, John William and Ella Jenkins Sizemore and Fred R. and Lottie Taylor Jordan.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home on Long Shoals Road.

Flowers are welcome; however, donations may be made in the memory of Michael Jordan Sizemore to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, N.C., 28813.

The memorial register is available online by going to "obituaries" at www.grocefuneralhome.com.


Published in Obituaries on June 13, 2008 1:52 PM