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Memphis Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN

OBITUARY

John Michael Hand

November 10, 1947May 30, 2020

John Michael “Mike” Hand, age 72, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, passed from this life May 30, 2020 at the Veterans Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born November 10, 1947, in Pocahontas, AR. Mike graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1966. He attended Williams Baptist College. He entered the U.S. Army in July, 1969. He served during the Vietnam War. He received the Army Commendation Medal while serving with the 145th Aviation Battalion near Bien Hoa, Vietnam. He earned this award for meritorious service as a medical records specialist with the battalion. While serving in Vietnam, he met and married Minh Thu Hoang. He was honorably discharged from the army in March, 1971. Mike and Minh raised two daughters in Pocahontas. He was a loving and involved father that spent many years coaching his daughters in softball and basketball. He worked for over 30 years at the Pocahontas Tire Store. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Minh T. Hand of Pocahontas, AR: daughters Michelle Hand Stacy and Bobby Stacy of Springdale, AR and Melissa McPherson and Matt McPherson of Memphis, TN; grandchildren Benjamin and Brant Stacy and Mason and Madison McPherson; and brother Bill Hand of Maynard, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents Vanita and Tommy Hand, his brother James Ray Hand and sister Betty Ruth Hand. Mike will be buried in the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. A small visitation service with family and close friends will be held Wednesday, June 3rd at 2:00pm

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Memories

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Bert Lord

June 4, 2020

Minh, and Family,
It has been a long, 47 years of fun-filled excursions, traveling through life with the Hand Family. So many days and weeks of camping, fishing, skiing, hunting and more. Mike was the Brother I never had. He was a gentle, soft spoken giant. Du and I extend our sincere sympathy to you All. Life goes on. There is more to come. We are here if you need us.

Sierra Engelmann

June 1, 2020

Such a sweet, easygoing man! Thinking of Minh, Michelle, and Melissa- sending big hugs and prayers to you. ❤️

Tara Young

June 1, 2020

I spent many days and nights with the Hand family growing up. I remember Mike sitting in his recliner when he got home from work until the girls begged him to take them shopping or out to eat. He never complained, (even though he might have rolled his eyes-ha!), about taking us anywhere and we would often end up in Jonesboro. He was always there to drive us around the lake in his boat, coach, or encourage the kids in whatever they were doing. Our family will miss his smile and easy-going personality.
Love you all!

Peggy Jander

June 1, 2020

When we came to Arkansas the first place we stopped was the tire store to visit mike. He will be missed. Take care and know you are in our prayers.

Dora Graham

June 1, 2020

So sorry for your loss.🙏🙏🙏

Shirley Brown

June 1, 2020

Johnny and I always love visiting with Mike and his family, he will be missed. Good memories.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY