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5800 W 12TH ST, Little Rock, AR

OBITUARY

Michael Wayne McNerlin

January 27, 1956August 15, 2020

Michael “Mike” Wayne McNerlin, departed this earth on August 15, 2020. Mike was born January 27, 1956 to the late Jimmy Dean and Bernice Earlene McNerlin at Barksdale Airforce Base in Bossier City, LA. His father was in the Air Force so growing up, Mike lived in Cabot, Arkansas, Wichita, Kansas and the Philippines. Mike is survived by his two sons, Vincent Michael McNerlin of North Little Rock and Bradley Shawn McNerlin of Little Rock. He continued to profess to the love of his life, Shawn Blazer McNerlin, his affection up to his death. Two brothers, Jim McNerlin and his wife Teresa of Murfreesboro, TN with their children, Dawn Drennan (Luke), Andrew (Julie), Irene, Victor, Nina, Maria and Anna and Greg McNerlin and his wife Cindy of Jacksonville, AR with their children John, Dustin, Tiffany, and three grandnephews and one grandniece. Mike also leaves Aunts and Uncles from around the country and a host of cousins.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, earning University of Arkansas at Little Rock Analytical Chemistry Student of the Year and began working on his Masters in Chemistry degree and being named to the National Dean’s List at UALR. Mike worked for the American Interplex Corporation as a Laboratory/Director/Chemist, Vice-President for Universal Technologies, Inc., and ended his career as the Laboratory Manager for the UALR Chemistry Department.

Mike was active in his son’s sports with basketball, baseball and was known as “Coach Mike” to their friends. You could always find him watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Razorbacks with family and friends. Mike loved fishing, bowling, country dancing, music and playing spades. When playing cards, you had to watch out with the “special” hand signals that only his partners would know. Mike was a great singer and he would participate in singing in the Contemporary Service at Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • John McNerlin
  • Dustin McNerlin
  • Andrew McNerlin
  • Victor McNerlin
  • Alex Harper
  • Sam Allbright
  • Blake Burgess
  • Ben Jeffrey

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, August 22, 2020

Memories

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Marty Gassaway

August 23, 2020

My deepest sympathies to all of you: Shawn, Vincent, and Bradley. I will remember Mike as a kind and generous man. I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of all of you. Marty Gassaway

Tanya Nugent

August 22, 2020

I was so sorry to read about your loss. Our daughter (Friedl) went to AB with Vincent and his Dad was always so involved and really part of the school himself. May you have many happy memories sustain you and God give you peace.

Brenda Billings Watd

August 21, 2020

Mike was a awesome dancer. When I was in the Miss BJ’s contest he was the guy that dance with all the contestants. He took my hand said “calm down Brenda, relax and smile you got this. He was a special guy. Always smiling and happy. Praying for Shawn and the family. He will be missed.

Carol Godwin

August 21, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Mike’s passing. My favorite memory of Mike is of he & Shawn dancing at the Asbury UMC talent show. They were so good and you could tell they loved to dance. Mike was outgoing and so friendly. He never met a stranger. Vincent & Bradley, he was so proud of the men you became. You are his legacy to the world. Sending love and prayers.

Sandra Weatherly

August 21, 2020

I graduated Cabot High school with Mike. Never got to know him well, but always thought of him as a good guy. My prayers are with Mike's family during thus loss of their loved one. May the peace of Jesus be with you. Sandra Weatherly

Robert Wittenburg

August 20, 2020

I'm very sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was a really good guy.
My condolences to the family and other friends.

Sheryl Troutman

August 20, 2020

Sincere condolences for the entire family.

Matt Reynolds

August 20, 2020

Vinny,

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your father. We will be praying for you and your family.

Matt
AFPG-LR

Keith Hudson

August 20, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I knew Mike for several years, since he came to UA Little Rock, but got to know him very well over the last six years as he often helped out in labs for Analytical Chemistry. Certain lab procedures he was very, very good at, having perfected his skills during his work at in commercial analytical laboratories. He was always friendly and helpful to the students, quick with a story or example to share if they were having trouble with a procedure, lab, or life. We miss him. Sympathies to the family and his other friends.

Jackie WIENS

August 20, 2020

I met Mike on June 20, 1977 as 20 somethings starting a new job with the brand new Skippy Peanut Butter manufacturing plant in Little Rock. Working together with others in the same age group, we all became friends & hung out after work. It didn't take long to realize Mike was super smart & loved science. I don't think any of us were surprised when Mike decided to move on & further his education in the science field. No surprise that he was very successful in the science area. Through the years past I would run into Mike at country concerts (which now seems like a very long time ago)& we would talk about starting up the Skippy plant & the people we met & friendships formed even if we only saw each other on rare occasions. My condolences to his family.
Jackie Wiens

FROM THE FAMILY

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