Fallen Hero: SSG(Ret) Michael “Mike” Bernard Heatherly


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4 PM, Sunday, May 1, 2022, Browning Funeral Home, Pontotoc


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on April 29, 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. SSG(Ret) Michael “Mike” Bernard Heatherly , age 74, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served and worked full-time within the Co A, 1/198th Armor Battalion, 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.

Obituary, visitation, and service details:
Michael “Mike” Bernard Heatherly
MARCH 26, 1948 – APRIL 29, 2022

Michael Bernard “Mike” Heatherly, age 74, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Mike was born on March 26, 1948 to Bernard and Connie Warren Heatherly. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church. Mike graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1966. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard. Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 4:00 PM, Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Steve Parrish officiating, burial will follow in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Mitchell (Shawn); son, Chad Heatherly (Amy); two sisters, Dale Angle and Carolyn Ridling (George); a brother, Freddie Heatherly (Pat); a sister-in-law, LaJean Heatherly Mayo; the mother of his children, Linda Colson; six grandchildren, Joshua (Jessica), Caleb, Madison, Marly, Clayton and Michael Ray; and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Aleya.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jackie Heatherly and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Angle.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Chandler, Clayton Heatherly, Michael Ray Heatherly, Chad Austin, Barry Crawford and Mike Kelly.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com