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Heath, Michael
Michael Emerson Heath, age 76, passed away peacefully at home on November 24, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; and from a previous marriage 2 sons, Michael and Marcellus; 4 grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Jones (James), Jeannie Skelton-Mays; numerous nieces and nephews. Michael is preceded in death by his parents William Heath and Doris Skelton, step-father Morris Skelton, brother Donald, sister Faye and brother Arthur. Michael was always very charismatic, his mother used to say he could sell snow to an eskimo. He was also a meticulous dresser, even as as a young boy he would iron his jeans to get a crisp crease. As an Eagle Scout, he would starch and breach his spats to ensure they were always impeccable and gleaming. He was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. He loved performing in operettas at East High School, Columbus, OH, where he was also a star quarterback of the football team. After high school he served in the U.S. Air Force. There he fought on the U.S. Air Force Boxing Team, where he broke many records and won many championships. He achieved the boxing honor of wearing white boots in the ring. He held that honor for a record amount of time. While in the Air Force he was a Crew Chief for a C130 Reconnaissance airplane stationed in Japan. During training to represent the U.S. Air Force in the Olympics he broke his hand while sparing, thus ending his boxing career. A couple of marriages, a couple of children and a couple of jobs later, he attended Cuyahoga Community College, which is where he met Deborah. He soon became captain of the school's tennis team. After college he joined TJ Maxx as a stock boy, which was a new clothing chain store. He quickly rose from stock boy to head of the stock room, becoming a District Manager. Michael was a captivating extemporaneous speaker, for a while he traveled around the country giving motivational speeches at company meetings about how it is possible to have a meteoric rise in the company. In 1988, a stroke rendered him an invalid and he was lovingly cared for since then by his wife of 30 years, Deborah.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 14, 2019
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