Michael John Baxley, age 59, of Chipley, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mike was born April 25, 1953 in Clearwater, to the late James and Margaret (Church) Baxley. Mike was a veteran that served in the Army and Army Reserves as a mechanic for 22 years. His knowledge of vehicles led him to a career as a log and long haul truck driver. His love of vehicles extended into a passion for car racing, both as a driver and a mechanic. Mike's loves also included working in the yard and playing with his dog Hope.
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Mike was preceded in death by his daughter, Cari Briard, 37, of Akin, S.C.
Mike is survived by his wife Linda Baxley of Chipley; daughter Daniellie Browning and her husband Mark of Crestview; two sisters, Vicky Baxley and Cathy Sasser of Chipley; one brother, Clayton and his wife Judy Ann of Chipley, and many beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A special thank you to Covenant Hospice and in particular Toby, Angela, and Nicole for their loving care and support. We would also like to thank God for blessing us with Pastor Michael Orr of First Baptist Church and Brother Ronnie Wright.
Family received friends for visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home Main Street Chapel. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Brown Funeral Home Main Street Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Wright and the Rev. Mike Orr officiating. Interment followed in the Glenwood Cemetery in Chipley, with Brown Funeral Home directing. Friends and family may sign the online register at www.brownfh.net
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Apr. 17, 2013