John "Mike" Michael Deer

February 1, 1950May 8, 2021
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John Michael Deer, 71, of Pearl, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at McLaurin Heights Baptist Church in Pearl. The funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at McLaurin Heights Baptist Church in Pearl. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl.

He was born on February 1, 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a graduate of Chalmette High School and Mississippi College. Mike taught and coached at Clinton Junior High and Mississippi Baptist High School. He was also assistant principal at Pearl Junior High and a Recruiting and Retention Officer with the Army National Guard, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. An active member of McLaurin Heights Baptist Church, he was involved in teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and numerous mission projects.

Mike loved being with his family - especially spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed supporting local high school athletics and the teams coached by his son.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Beth Clark Deer; children, Chris and Georgia Deer, Beth and Josh Torrence, and Ryan and Taylor Deer; grandchildren, Sadie Deer, Peyton Torrence, Luke Deer, Garrett Deer, Brady Torrence, Ruthie Deer, Joy Deer, Joshua Deer, Avery Torrence, Merry Deer, Charity Deer, Mercy Deer, Justice Deer, Thomas Deer, and Asher Deer; brother, Ralph Deer; numerous nieces and nephews; and many adopted children. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Jones Deer and Helen Roberts Deer; brother, Edward Deer; and sister, Jo Ann Deaton.

Memorial donations in Mike's honor may be made to McLaurin Heights Baptist Church in Pearl or to The Gideons International at


  • Beth Clark Deer, Wife of 34 years
  • Chris and Georgia Deer, Child
  • Beth and Josh Torrence, Child
  • Ryan and Taylor Deer, Child
  • Sadie Deer, Grandchild
  • Peyton Torrence, Grandchild
  • Luke Deer, Grandchild
  • Garrett Deer, Grandchild
  • Brady Torrence, Grandchild
  • Ruthie Deer, Grandchild
  • Joy Deer, Grandchild
  • Joshua Deer, Grandchild
  • Avery Torrence, Grandchild
  • Merry Deer, Grandchild
  • Charity Deer, Grandchild
  • Mercy Deer, Grandchild
  • Justice Deer, Grandchild
  • Thomas Deer, Grandchild
  • Asher Deer, Grandchild
  • Ralph Deer, Brother
  • numerous nieces and nephews; and many adopted children.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


John "Mike" Michael Deer

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Bert Nokes

May 14, 2021

You and your sweet family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike was one of a kind, and I enjoyed every time I ran in to him. Usually both of us ended up laughing!
Love you Beth

Kenny Dennis

May 12, 2021

Our deepest sympathies, on your loss. May God give you comfort, in your time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your Friends,
Dennis & McRee Auto Electric

Evelyn Sebren

May 11, 2021

Mike and the older two kids were good friends to me and my boys for many years I know his family will miss him. I will pray for all of them. He was such a wonderful man. Father and Christian. I am sure he was a great husband to Beth and she will miss him. May God Be with you all

Evelyn Sebren

Smokey Williamson

May 11, 2021

Mr. Mike was a regular customer at Revell Ace Hardware in Pearl. His visits were always a joy and many times included treats from Mrs. Beth. He always made it a point to shake hands and share conversation. You will be missed Mr. Mike

Ramona Burton

May 10, 2021

Chris, you are in my prayers 🙏🙏!

Van Youmans

May 10, 2021

Mike was a very special man and my favorite Sunday school teacher. Mike and Beth have been loved my daughter as well as my family for years. I want to send deepest sympathy and sorrow over his passing.
God Bless.

CoAnn Sims Ressler

May 10, 2021

To the Mike Deer Family,
My heart is broken over the loss of Mike. To say he was a wonderful servant of God is an understatement. What he meant to my parents and to me and Todd cannot be explained in words. I do know the sweet potato queen is greeting him in heaven. May God comfort you during your grief.
CoAnn Sims Ressler, daughter of Chester and Julia Sims

Terry Sharp

May 10, 2021

This is a Deer dollar he made me about thirty-five years ago.

Tina Bishop Brown

May 10, 2021

Mr. Deer was a great man. He was there for my sister and I when we loss our dad in jr high. He always have joke for us but you knew if you need something he would be there. Mrs. Deer my prayers are with you and the family.

Chris May

May 9, 2021

I had the honor to call Mike a friend- a mentor- someone that I always admired. Quick witted and no nonsense. My heart is broken for this family. My deepest sympathy and prayers.