Fallen Hero:  MAJ(Ret) John Michael (Mike) Deer


Funeral Home

Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

3780 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS 39208 ·


Tuesday, May 11th 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the McLaurin Heights Baptist Church.


Wednesday, May 12th 2021 at 10:00 AM at the McLaurin Heights Baptist Church.


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on May 7, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home.  MAJ(Ret) John Michael (Mike) Deer, age 71, a retired member of the MS Army  National Guard who had served within 66 Troop Command working full-time in Recruiting and Retention has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Michael Deer (Pearl, Mississippi), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, who passed away on May 8, 2021, at the age of 71, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of John Michael Deer to pay them a last tribute.

He was predeceased by : his parents, John Jones Deer and Helen Roberts Deer; and his siblings, Edward Deer and Jo Ann Deaton. He is survived by : his wife Beth Clark Deer; his children, Chris, Georgia Deer, Beth, Josh Torrence, Ryan and Taylor Deer; his 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; and his brother Ralph Deer. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; and many adopted children.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 11th 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the McLaurin Heights Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 12th 2021 at 10:00 AM at the same location.