FLAG POND — Michael Scott Clouse, age 42, 107 Williams Road, Flag Pond, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Clouse was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of Elizabeth Jo-Ann Rice Clouse and the late J.W. Clouse. He was of the Free Will Baptist faith.
Michael was past Chairman of the Relay for Life of The American Cancer Society for Unicoi County and worked avidly for the cause. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his wife and son on their annual vacation to Tybee Island, where they captured special memories together as a family. He served as assistant coach for his son’s minor league baseball team, The Yankees.
Michael also loved to hunt and go off-road in his ATV. Mike lived each day with a unique purpose, enjoying priceless times with friends and family and always striving to be of service to others.
Other than his mother, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 19 years, Amy Tipton Clouse; one son, Max Thatcher Clouse, of the home; one sister Cynthia Waldrop and husband, Ricky, Erwin; mother-in-law, Glenda Effler McCray and husband, Joe, Blountville; special mamaw, Betty Effler, Erwin; father-in-law, Freddie Tipton and wife, Kathy, Jonesborough; one brother-in law, Josh Tipton; and one sister-in law, Karen Bennett, all of Erwin; one special niece, Kiley Bennett; and one special nephew, Ryan Waldrop.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, November 26, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Unicoi County High School. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate.
Cherished videos depicting Mike’s life philosophy will be viewed, and special music will be provided by the Spivey Mountain Boys. Friends who wish to share their stories and memories of Mike may do so with personal eulogies that will be presented as part of the commemorative.
Mike’s life will be honored by The Relay for Life Team of Unicoi County with a Luminary Ceremony which will be held outdoors immediately following the service. Those in attendance are asked to walk under the special arch built by Mike and share in this special celebration.
The public is invited to the high school for an informal fellowship of family and friends from 4:00 p.m. until service time Saturday evening. There will opportunity for those who are unable to attend during these times to sign the register book anytime prior to 12:00 noon or after 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
A Memorial Video Tribute will be playing throughout the day. In the interim friends may call on the family at the residence of his mother, Ms. Jo-Ann Clouse, at 101 Myrtle Avenue, Erwin.
Floral Deliveries will be accepted at the high school beginning Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Clouse family through our interactive Book of Memories: www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers those wishing to do so may contribute to an education fund that has been established for Mike’s son, Max Clouse, at Clinchfield Credit Union, PO Box 310, Erwin, TN.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Clouse family. (423) 743-1380.