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Michael Wayne McCown

September 18, 1940April 28, 2021
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Michael Wayne McCown of Calera, Alabama, passed away on April 28, 2021, at the age of 80.

He was born in Waco, Texas, on September 18, 1940, to the late Jessie Payne and William Henry McCown. Michael is also preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Ann McCown-Kane, and his brother, William Henry McCown, Jr.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 38 years, Jimmie Lee Salter McCown; his children, Michael W. McCown, Jr. (Johnetta); Patrick K. McCown (Sandra); Christy Haynie; and Ashley McCown-Mize (Jeremy); along with 12 grandchildren, Casey, Chris, Leann, Jennifer, Danielle, Heather, Ryan, Tyler, Peyton, Chase, Noah, and Bentley. He is also survived by his brother, Milton McCown (Betsy), and his sister-in-law, Linda McCown.

Michael worked for the Executive Protection Services branch of Secret Services from 1969-1973. After moving to Birmingham, he was the Production Manager for Home Baking Company, where he worked for over 25 years until his retirement.

Michael was gifted creatively and enjoyed woodworking and painting. He also loved to play dominos and cards. However, his greatest love was spending time with his grandchildren.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at 2:00 pm. The service will be live-streamed via Southern Heritage's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthernHeritageFuneral. Visitation and reception to follow the service.

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021

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Lynda McCown

May 2, 2021

Mike I think the first time I met you was at one of your Northern Little League games.
Bill & I had just started dating. From then on our times together we’re unforgettable.
Your stories of your time in Washington & encounters with President Nixon will never be forgotten. Though if you told us anything about The White House you would probably have to shot us. Another story you shared was your trip to Mexico with Armando. This time you had a video to help you out. Hilarious, as only you could tell it.
Mike, you and Jimmie Lee were the perfect host & hostess. Enjoying your pool to video games, there was always something to do at your house. As a tour guide you were a- number- one. From Huntsville Al to Montgomery and even in Pennsylvania you were giving us history lessons. What a fun day we had going to Gettysburg. Beautiful memories l will always cherish. I can’t forget all the “Tall Tales” of yours and Bill’s
growing up years. I’m still questioning a couple of them. Here’s to showing me how to cheat at card games, enjoying a Shipley CreamPuff and a Waco Big Red, cheers. You had one great life. No regrets I’m sure. Thanks for letting us all be a part of it. One last word, you and Bill behave yourselves up there or your mama will get her yard stick after y’all.

Johnetta McCown

May 2, 2021

Hope you’re playing poker in the sky!

Michael Kane

May 2, 2021

Although we didn’t always see eye to eye, I always had great deal of love and respect for Michael. May those feeling the pain of the loss of this great man find comfort in the wonder memories he bestowed upon us. Rest in peace old friend.

Ryan Kane

May 2, 2021

There are three things I'll never forget about my grandfather: the strength of his love and how caring he was; how much he cherished his family and friends; and how he never needed a reason to take a nap, even in mid conversation. Despite the distance between us, he was always a role model to me and the example he set helped keep me responsible and on the right track. I love you Grandpa, give mom a hug for me.

Forever in our hearts,
Ryan, Rachel, and Lucas

Chris Shatley

May 2, 2021

There’s not much one can say at a time like this but Michael Mccown Senior lived an extraordinary life I met him somewhere around 25 years ago I found him to be a Great man who truly loved his family and Friends he always had a story to tell all of which kept you listening and waiting for the next story to be told not to mention the best domino player around my sincere condolences to his family and friends he will be greatly missed

Heather Kane

May 1, 2021

Casey & Theresa Bridwell

May 1, 2021

"Side by side or miles apart, family is always close to the heart".
We love you Mike Sr.
Love your grandkids: Casey & Theresa
And great grandkids: Alexis & Dylan

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