Michael P. Exner
September 7, 1997 – July 15, 2021
Michael P. Exner, 23, of Lawrenceville, GA and formerly of Monroe, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
Born on September 7, 1997 in Raleigh, NC, he was the son of Greg and Diane Exner. Michael was a graduate of Liberty Christian Academy where he was in the marching band. He was active in his youth group at West Lynchburg Baptist Church before transferring his membership to Corner Stone Baptist Church in Monroe, where he remained active helping the youth. Michael had a passion for missions and reaching people for Christ. Michael loved to hike and spend time admiring the beauty of God’s creation. Michael is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Phyllis Moldenke.
He is survived by his parents, Greg and Diane Exner; brother, Kevin Exner; maternal grandfather, Edward Moldenke and wife Janice; paternal grandparents, Alvin and Tiny Exner; uncles, Scott Werthman and wife Debra, Tom Exner and wife Pam; aunts, Lori Albrecht and husband John, Stephanie Houdek and husband Jeff, and Marie Exner; and numerous other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Corner Stone Baptist Church in Monroe with Pastor Peyton Fitzgerald officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Lynchburg Baptist Church, c/o Youth Missions or WMU Missions, 3031 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia 24501.
- Greg Exner, Father
- Diane Werthman Exner, Mother
- Kevin Exner, Brother
- Phyllis Moldenke, Maternal Grandmother (deceased)
- Edward Moldenke (Janice), Maternal Grandfather
- Elvin and Tiny Exner, Paternal Grandparents
- Scott Werthman (Debra), Uncle
- Tom Exner (Pam), Uncle
- Lori Albrecht (John), Aunt
- Stephanie Houdek (Jeff), Aunt
- Marie Exner, Aunt
West Lynchburg Baptist Church
C/O Youth Missions or WMU Missions 3031 Memorial Avenue , Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Michael P. Exner
September 8, 2021
Show Love, and You Will Be Loved
In a dreary fog I awaken
But as it clears I’m again shaken
I picture your smile and glasses black rimmed
And I’m reminded that my world has dimmed
The memories come flooding back.
A dragon named Dude, a crocheted hat.
A home run on errors, over the catcher you leaped!
Everyone cheered, oh what a feat!
Your love of God came from Dr. Putt, Nathan and Vance,
You listened and learned and many times took a stance.
Your faith grew strong from the lessons they did teach
It was seen in all the youth sermons that you preached.
There’s much more to your story that should be said,
Of those who led you, and those that you led.
But it was your friend’s broken hearts that brought me to this.
The effect you had on them is impossible to miss.
They all talk of your kindness and smiles
The happiness you spread across those many miles
“Fly high brother” your friends did say
“Until we meet again someday”
“Rest in peace, great soul, good friend,
So sorry that your time too soon did end”
And though this end is not what Diane and I wished
I believe it was God’s plan that led to this
God saw your smiles, He knew what to do
I believe it was this path that He chose for you
He saw you witness near and far
He saw you witness at a bar
Who, they asked, is this smiling man?
“Hey y’all! It’s Mike I am!”
When in jail you prayed to Him
Others saw and asked to join in
You prayed for help, you prayed to heal
You gave them hope knowing God was real
And while others may say you strayed
The Lord God knows that you stayed
true to him. You did your best.
“Come to me” He said.
“It’s time to rest.”
July 30, 2021
Diane I am so very sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead. I pray God gives you peace and comfort during this time. God Bless you and your family!
July 26, 2021
I remember Michael, or “Beans” as we called him in marching band, when he and his brother first came to LCA, as it was my first time too. He and I never really started to talk until later in the first marching year, even then I saw a loving and warm spirit within him. As time went by, I would find myself quoting funny movie lines with him during band practice or even just talking about life on marching band trips. His presence was very inviting, humbling, and caring. So sad to see a loving friend leave this world, my condolences and prayers go out to the family.
To Kevin: I love and miss you man! The Lord is always with you man, never forget that. Continue to look to Him for strength and comfort and He will provide it. I’ll be praying for you!
July 26, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about your recent loss of Michael. Know that if you need anything, I am here for you.
July 23, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your son's passing, Diane. Please know that my family and I sincerely pray for God's peace and comfort in your time of grief and sorrow. "....you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no will take from you."
Jo Ann Weeks
July 22, 2021
DIANE, PLEASE KNOW MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.