Mike was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee to Beverly Bradley Hopson, of Elizabethton and the late Paul Mottern. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his best friend, Ronnie Small.
Mike worked for FLSmidth in Johnson City as head of maintenance and was a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church. He loved all of his pets, riding motorcycles, listening to music and playing the guitar. Mike was also an avid collector and he rebuilt and restored motorcycles. When Mike was riding his motorcycle across the country, he would leave a Bible at each rest stop. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Beverly Hopson, of Elizabethton; his loving and devoted daughter, Brandi Mottern and husband Micah Collie, of Johnson City; four grandchildren, Brennedy, Nehemiah, Charlie and Nathaniel; his step mother, Elaine Mottern, of Elizabethton; a brother, Fred Mottern, of Elizabethton; his special cousins, Jerri Barnes and Carl Turner, both of Elizabethton, his ex-wife and the love of his life, Lynn Irick; a special mention to his ex-wife, Mitzi Absher; an aunt, Sharon Barnes, of Elizabethton; and his special friends, Sam Stout, David Babb and David Shell.
A service to honor and celebrate the life of John “Mike” Mottern will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Dr. Kenneth Jordan, officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Saturday.
Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Mike and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office 423-542-2232, service information line, 423-543-4917.