Michael Ray "Mike"
Michael Ray "Mike" Bledsoe
Michael Ray "Mike" Bledsoe, 55-year-old retired employee for Folger
Coffee Company, passed away at his home in Howe Friday morning, Jan. 30,
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 in the Waldo Funeral
Home Chapel. Coach Steve Simmons of Howe and Pastor Roger Tidwell of First
Baptist Church of Howe will officiate, and the burial will follow at Elliott
Cemetery west of Van Alstyne.
Mike was born Aug. 30, 1953 in Sherman, the son of Ray Bledsoe and
Georgia Jones Bledsoe. He attended Washington Elementary in Sherman before
moving to Howe and graduating from Howe High School in 1971. He played
football for the Howe Bulldogs and in 1970 he was on the team that went
farther in the state playoffs than any other Bulldog team, regional champions.
He also attended Grayson County College two years and married Sharon Hill
on July 13, 1991 in Whitewright.
Mike was employed at Burlington Industries and Texas Instruments
before starting a 25-year career as a technician for Folger Coffee Co.
from 1981 to 2006. He was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing,
coaching Little League baseball in Howe and earning several trophies as
a sharp shooter as evidence of his skill in target shooting. He also loved
to barbecue, which was enjoyed by family and friends. He was a member of
First Baptist Church of Howe.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Bledsoe of Howe; daughter, Michaela
Rene Bledsoe of Howe; sister, Sherry Allison and husband Steve of Howe;
father, Ray Bledsoe of Howe; two nephews, Eric Allison and Troy Allison.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1984, Georgia Bledsoe.
Pallbearers will be David Ellis, J. Mark Wright, James Hood, Troy
Allison, Eric Allison and Joe Freeman.
The family will receive friends from 2 -4 p.m. Sunday afternoon
at Waldo Funeral Home.
The online guest register can be signed at www.waldofuneralhome.com.
Michael Ray Bledsoe