Michael James Stokely

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    - Nancy Greene
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    - Tiffany Stokes
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    - Cynthia Shelton

Sgt. Michael James Stokely -LOGANVILLE - Sgt. Michael James Stokely, age 23, passed away August 16, 2005 while serving his country in Iraq. He was part of the 48th Brigade, Georgia National Guard, E-Troop, 108th Cavalry. He died because of something he believed in. For all the soldiers in Iraq, Mike loved you all and speaking from a mothers heart, I will go on loving and praying for you. I will meet you all one day when you return to your Griffin unit. Thank you for all that you have already done. Mike will miss you. -Mike was born at 10:33 A.M. on April 19, 1982, the happiest day of my life. He was so tiny but I knew he would grow into a fine man. He lived with his mother and dad (Bill Gardner) all of his life. We lived in Gwinnett up until Mike was in the 5th grade, then we moved to Loganville in 1994 and this is where Mike called "Home". He loved Loganville. -Son, I knew you had a lot of friends but until this, I've had so, so many people that have knocked on my door, that I had never met. I open the door and they say "I knew Mike from such and such." You have touched so many lives as you have touched mine, you were so loved. You had so many homes and one in particular is "the Elliott's" (Bill, Nancy, Rachel, Rebecca). Their home was open to all the kids in the community. Thank You for taking care of all our kids, we knew if Mike was not at home, he was at your home. He loved you "4" very much. -Loganville First Baptist, Rick Bene. You along with God molded Mike into a fine young Christian man. He was so involved with that church. Through church, Sunday School, discipleship and all the activities. One particular event was at a Super Bowl party, Mike received a Big Black Eye, hummm. What a wonderful place for your child to be. Ronnie Cox: "What a great preacher you are" Mike would say. To all the teachers at church that knew Mike "Thank You". -Loganville High School, what a great high school. From 9th to 12th grade. Mike was known by being called "Stokes". I really don't know where to begin, Homecoming floats, football games, pep rallies, etc. Some of the things Mike participated in are as follows: Soccer, Football, Basketball Cheerleader, cheerleading camp at Georgia Tech, Miss LHS pageant, Sportsman Club, Foreign Language club and Key club. Mike also enjoyed traveling with his friends. Some of the trips were to Hilton Head, Savannah for St. Patrick's Day celebration and Mexico for his senior trip. Mike's quote in his senior yearbook: "On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory." General Douglas MacArthur. Thank you to some of the teachers and staff: Sandra Swords, Joel Abbott, Ms. Cloud, Coach Cowart, Mr. Davenport, Ms. Dean, Hank Evans, Tara Jones and Camille Larken. To all of Mike's teachers "Thank You and I love you. -Mike was married for only ten days to his high school sweetheart, Niki Yancey before he was deployed to Iraq. They dated for two years and they both loved each other dearly. Their honeymoon was delayed due to Mike leaving for Iraq. Their plans were to live in Loganville and start a family once he returned home. Niki, Bill and I will always have a special place in our heart for you and you are and always will be part of our family. I will go on loving you and I know we canÔt take MikeÔs place, but we will always be there for you. -Mike is survived by his wonderful loving wife, Niki Yancey Stokely of Loganville; Melissa (mom) and Bill (dad) Gardner of Loganville; Robert (father) and Retta (stepmother); and half-sister Abbey and half-brother Wesley Stokely of Newnan; uncles and aunts, Richard Michael and Paula Ramsey (Mike's namesake) of Montgomery, AL, Rafael and Connie Dorado of Lawrenceville, Rick and Janet Hamlin of Warner Robins; cousins, Becky Sabri, Susan Davidson, Barbara Rumsey, Crystal Rumsey, John Paul Dorado, Jason Hamlin, Corey Hamlin, Adam Hamlin, Ronnie McClung and Robert (Clay) Burton, as well as many other relatives. -The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Friday, August 26 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home in Loganville. The funeral will be at First Baptist of Snellville on Saturday, August 27 at 2P.M. Michael Stokely
Published in The Telegraph on Aug. 26, 2005
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