December 20, 1946 ~ June 12, 2008

Born in: Gaston Co., NC,
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Michael Jordan Sizemore, 61, of Fairview, took his walk with the Lord Thursday, June 12, 2008, from home, after a lengthy illness. He was born December 20, 1946 in Gaston County and is the son of the late Reverend Carl and Mazel Jordan Sizemore. He honorably served his country for one tour of duty in Taiwan during the Vietnam War. He began his career with CP&L (Progress Energy) in 1964 as a meter reader. In 1983 he moved to Cary, NC where he became a Senior Development Training Specialist. In 2002 he became the Manager for the construction crews in the Kinston-Goldsboro area. During his time at Progress Energy he was a loaned executive for over two years with Wake County United Way and served on various committees and groups. He retired from Progress Energy in October 2003 with 39 years of service. After his retirement he began to paint and created many beautiful landscapes and still-lifes in acrylic and chalk. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joyce Jones Sizemore; two sons, Stephen Sizemore and wife, Connie, of Hayesville, NC and Bryan Sizemore and wife, Jennifer, of Fairview; one daughter, Heather Sizemore Brown and husband, David, of Selma, NC; five grandchildren, Colby, Sarah and Lacee Sizemore of Asheville, Courtney Sizemore of Leicester, NC, Ashley Goodwin and husband, Matthew, of Hayesville, NC; and one great-grandchild, Cheyenne Lilly Goodwin of Hayesville. Also surviving are three brothers, John Sizemore and wife, Carolyn, of Canton, NC, Paul Sizemore and wife, Deana, of Hickory, NC and Phil Sizemore and wife, Connie, of Canton, GA; one sister, Susan Sizemore Wellmon and husband, Gary, of Shelby, NC; one uncle, Paul Jordan of Winston Salem and many nieces, nephews and a host of cousins. He is also survived by his precious and beloved pal and constant companion, Sophie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, J. Paul and Jessie Huntsinger Jones; grandparents, John William and Ella Jenkins Sizemore and Fred R. and Lottie Taylor Jordan. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, June 15, Father's Day, as a celebration of the life of our husband and father. Services will be conducted by the Reverend Chadwick Allen and the Reverend Jeff Burchette. A graveside service will follow at Bell Methodist Church Cemetery in Leicester. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:30 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home on Long Shoals Road. Flowers are welcome, however, donations may be made in the memory of Michael Jordan Sizemore to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. My Big Brother….my heart already misses you so much. You were always a Sheltering Tree in my life that made me realize and experience Gods Amazing peace in lifes journey.

    I pray at the end it could be said of me that I was half the Man you were. Give Mom and Dad a kiss for me. I’ll see you on the other shore Mike. I love you!!

    Your Little Brother,

  2. Steve, Mrs. Sizemore and family,

    My heart goes out to you all, but at the same time, I know Mike is fine. A man of strong faith and conviction, he was like a second father to me at a time when Steve and I needed all the father figures we could handle.

    May God bless you and be with you and know that He and Mike are taking bets on what me and Steve get into next.

    I love you all,

    David Giles

  3. We were so sad to learn of the death of Mike. Your family has been special to us through the years and we have many fond memories of our times togther. May God’s peace be with each of you now and in the days to come.

    Les and Joanne Giles

  4. I applaude the way that Our Big Brother was cared for and the attention given him by his wife, Children and their spouses. Joyce, Steve, Brian and Heather you have demonstrated great care as well as courage during these most difficult days. I want to thank you for your faithfulness to see that Mike’s wishes were carried out. I know Mike is having the time of his life at the family reunion in Heaven. Daddy was most likely ringing the cow bell as he crossed the goal line.

  5. Mrs. Sizemore, Heather, Bryan and Stephen,

    We are so broken hearted to read about Mr. Sizemore’s passing. Please know that we both love you all so very much. We are secure in knowing that the Lord will provide much comfort to you all in this time and always. We are comforted to know that we will see his smiling face again one day. His sense of humor was wonderful as was he.

    Love, Richard and Kim

  6. Dear Mrs. Sizemore, Heather, Bryan and Steven. My heart breaks for all of you. To me, Mr. Sizemore was larger than life.. a gentle giant. I was just his daughter’s friend..but he always made me feel like part of the family. I know years have gone by.. but it feels like yesterday. Mike and the entire Sizemore family welcomed me into their home, invited me to church and family dinners and put up with all those sleepovers. I treasure the memories. I consider myself lucky to have known such a wonderful and kind man. Heather, Bryan and Steven– I know what you are going through. I lost my Dad almost 2 years ago. I lean on faith and my memories and the lessons my Dad taught me. The grief is always there.. but there is peace too. It comes in waves.. a new sunrise.. an accomplishment I know he would be proud of.. a memory that eventually makes me smile and not cry. I don’t know the words to comfort you. Just know I am thinking of you all and praying for you. May God Bless you. Love, Michelle

  7. To my Uncle Mike:

    I really only knew you from a distance, but your life’s light shone on so many people that it is impossible to miss the work of God’s hand through you. My father referred to you as a stronghold in his life and someone that calmed his heart when everything else seemed to be falling apart. I will always admire you for your love and devotion to your family throughout your precious life.

    To Aunt Joyce, Heather, Stephen, and Bryan:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Mike was a great man who we all were blessed to be able to call family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Remember that he will live in our hearts forever. He is now with God, the One he lived his life honoring.

  8. Joyce, Stephen, Bryan and Heather
    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you. I have the most wonderful memories of visiting in your home. I always felt so welcome. The five of you definitely have the gift of hospitality. Alicia and Christopher speak so highly of each of you and the awesome care that you gave to Michael. Please know that I am praying for each of you during this difficult time.

  9. Joyce, Heather and boys:

    Mike will be dancing at a wedding in Heaven this Saturday night! Our thoughts are with you; take care and God Bless.

  10. Joyce, Heather, and family –
    We would like to express how much we love you guys. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have alot of wonderful memories of Mike and our time with your family and will cherish those always.

  11. With all our love…Lillian & Barney, Rufus & Geneva, Reba & Lacy, Dorothy & Ervin , Wanda & Tommy, Sylvia & Jack, Teresa & John, Jehrie & Jerry, Marcella and Tonya. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Steve- I am sorry to hear about your Dad but I know, as a Christian, it is only sad for those left here! He is happy and well with God now. I have missed being in touch with you. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you and your mom and Bryan and Stephanie. Take care.
    love you.

  13. Joyce, Steven, Bryan & Heather

    I was so very sorry to hear about Mike. Please know that I am thinking of you and asking God to comfort each of you in the days ahead.

  14. Joyce and family, my wife Renee and I send our prayers to you and your family during this time of sadness. I knew Mike through working at Progress Energy. Mike was a very nice man and well liked by everyone. May God bless you and your family. Carlton and Renee’ Hinson.

  15. Joyce and family,
    My heart and prayers go out to you all. Mike was always smiling when he came in. And Joyce, you were always shining. I came to know Joyce and Mike at Creech Drug, in Selma where I work. I miss you coming in sharing, smiling, and sometimes both of us tearing up.
    You both are very special to me. I won’t forget the memories I have of meeting you and getting to know both of you. May God Bless and heal you in this difficult time.
    I can just see Mike up there painting a glorious picture with God. Oh How Majestic it will be!!
    With Love and Blessings!

  16. Joyce, Steve, Brian,& Heather,
    Mike was always full of fun. He was a special uncle not only to us but especially to the boys, who really looked up to him. He will always be in our hearts. You are real troopers for hanging in there with him, making his final days here easier for him knowing he was home with his family. God Bless you all and know we love you and are keeping you in our prayers.

  17. Mike Sizemore was a good man.He will be greatly missed by many. He was my instructor at New Hill and he was respected by many, many Lineman.He alway had a great since of humor and always kept our class interesting. I went many years & did not see Mike, Mike & Mrs.Joyce started going to our church at Tanglewood in Kinston.
    My condolences to all of the family
    Mr. Mike Sizemore will always be remembered

  18. Joyce, Heather and Family,
    We just heard the news about Mike. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Mike was a very special man and he touched many lives along the way. His kind smile and wise words will always mean a lot to us. I know you will miss him so much but praise God—he suffers no more! God bless you all.
    In Christ,
    Rick, Shelia, Dusty and Tony

  19. Mike is the reason I am where I am. He and his family validated my love for my wife and his passion for linework drove me to pursue the hardest and most rewarding work I know of…I miss you all and hope I make Mike proud…His passing affects many of us at Progress Energy and his family’s kindness and generosity will affect me forever…Tighten Up Mike! =)

  20. Bryan,Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to loose a father. God will see you through. Know that he is sitting with the Father above.Keep your head held high and hold your memories close.

  21. My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family Bryan. I will be out of town this weekend therefore not able to attend the funeral. He isn’t suffering any more and is in a far better place than we are.

  22. I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Take comfort knowing he is with Jesus and free from all pain and worries.

  23. May the memories of the moments you shared give you strength and comfort during the days ahead. With heartfelt sympathy…Dolores

  24. Bryan- Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss and pray God will give you strength and that memories of your father will bring you comfort.

  25. Joyce, Heather & family…
    We are SO sorry to have found out about Mike’s passing! It has been quite a while since we’ve seen you guys but we have missed you & thought of you very often over the years. We will always cherish our times together… both at home & in Romania. You have been & will continue to be in our prayers. We are grateful to have seen Heather & David recently & to have had them share the joy & sorrow of Mike’s last days on earth with us. We rejoice with you in knowing Mike no longer suffers & that we will all be together again in Glory!

    Our love & prayers to you,
    Scott, Donna & family

  26. Miss Joyce, Bryan, Steve, and Heather, I was greatly saddened to hear about your father’s passing. My memories of Mr. Mike always include him smiling big and laughing at Ephesus. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  27. From all of us in the Warehouse, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you during this time of loss.

  28. Bryan, I am very sorry for your lose and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  29. Bryan, We are very sorry to hear about your dad. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know what we can do for you.


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