Mike Stimpson

Born on February 29, 1952

Departed on March 31, 2013 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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STIMPSON, ARNOLD MICHAEL
Age 61, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on March 31, 2013. He is survived by his mother, Frances Stimpson, sister, Frankie Trammell (Shorty), four children, Michele Harbin (Ronnie), Josh Stimpson, Ryan Stimpson (Crystal), and Emily Hayes (Kevin), and eight grandchildren, Zak and Zoe Stimpson, Bryson and Colby White, Kolby, Jaxon, and Sarah Hayes, and baby Harbin. Mike was loved by everyone he met for his contagious smile and positive attitude.
Mike was born in Gadsden, Alabama and raised in Centre. He graduated from Cherokee County High School in 1970, where he was all-state and Cherokee County MVP for basketball in 1969. He also lettered in football and was the first CCHS athlete to run a sub-five minute mile. Mike was introduced into the Cherokee County Hall of Fame in 2008. He went on to play basketball at Gadsden State, and then earned a BA in Religion from Samford University in 1975. From there, he enrolled at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and went on to become an ordained minister.
Since 1984, Mike lived in Goodlettsville, Tennessee where he spent his time coaching his children in baseball and basketball, faithfully attending First Baptist Church, and religiously supporting Auburn football. Mike's love for football was infectious, and he was always up for a friendly "trash talk" session with anyone who was interested.
Above all else, Mike devoted his life to his children and grandchildren. He never missed a game, recital, play, or any other event. The constant support he offered was unmatched and left his family with no doubt about his love and devotion to them. Mike will be missed by not only his family, but a huge circle of friends who have spent time, shared laughs, and been enriched by knowing him.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 at First Baptist Church Goodlettsville, 613 S. Main Street, Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alliance for Recreational Empowerment, a foundation that provides social engagement, including a week long summer camp, for children with muscular dystrophy. Send donations via check to 120 Sugar Tree Lane, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066 or via PayPal to Michele_1017@hotmail.com.

18 Comments to Mike Stimpson

  1. Michele Stimpson Harbin
    November 13, 2004 12:00 am

    I am just now reading these heartfelt postings of love for you. Although, living without you is not getting any easier, I am finding peace in knowing how loved you were, how much you loved all of us, and that you have gone home to the Lord you so loved. I love you so much and will always miss you!

  2. Linda Cromer DeWitt
    May 13, 2004 12:00 am

    When I found Mike on Facebook, I sent him a friend request and explained who I was. Surprisingly, he remembered. We shared many texts about Auburn football over the last couple of years.

    Good-bye, Mike. I’m sure you are bending some angel’s ear about Auburn football.

    You are missed.

  3. Patricia Rankin
    May 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Dear Aunt Frances and Stimpson family,

    The sudden loss of such a kind and loving son, father, grandfather, cousin, and friend saddens us all. As much we would have him continue here with us, we can fnd comfort in knowing that he was in the presence of his Lord on Easter Sunday.

  4. Jason Dillon
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    My best memory of Mike was him as Santa at Calhouns? He did so much for other people? I hope I can be the man that he was one day! Love you Mike

  5. dorie falcon
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Mike you will be greatly missed your sense of humor was refreshing and absolutly hilarious at times. You have made me cry before but it was because you did something so funny. Thank you!!

  6. Mark and Tracey Twenhafel
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Even though we can’t be there, Tracey and I want Mike’s family to know that we are thinking about you and hope you find comfort in your faith and memories of Mike.

  7. Ryan
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Mike was one of a kind. Mike’s son and I are the same age. My dad died when I was 7 and Mike was a father figure for me at a time that I really needed it. Mike always made people smile and could get a smile out of them even on a bad day. Mike was loved by a lot of people.

    My mother just passed away March 16 and had been pretty much homebound for the last 2 years. Mike always took the time to call her almost everyday and always came over to visit with her and it always made her day.

    Mike was just at my moms funeral less than 2 weeks ago with his daughter Michelle, never did I think his time would come so fast. I know mom and Mike our in Heaven today and that does bring comfort.

    Ryan Flatt

  8. Ashleigh York
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    I don’t know anyone that had a kinder heart than you did! You were always there to greet me with a smile on your face and ready for a hug!! You were like a second dad to me and I loved you dearly! You will always hold a place in my heart and be greatly missed!! Love You Daddy Mike!

  9. John l. (Johnny) Hester
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Mike, will miss u. Only knew u for a short time as a fellow Warrior classmate(Class of 67). R.I.P and God be with your family in their time of grief.

    Your Friend
    Johnny Hester

  10. Emily Morgan
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Michael you were always such a dear friend. We were together all through school and my first real crush. You gave me my first Valentine candy in 6th grade and I’ll always remember you standing in the doorway of Ms. Ragan’s room motioning me out to the hall. When you handed me the candy you took off running. I thought that was so funny at the time but later realized you were just embarrassed. I have loved watching you tirelessly raise your children with all the love and fierceness of a lion. I remember sitting at Ms. France’s house and you telling me all about your beautiful children and how they had blessed you. I’ve followed you through the years enjoying every sweet picture of you with your beautiful grandchildren and we shared our love for each other’s blessings. Michael you will be missed by so many ones that love you and will always keep you in a special place in our hearts. God Bless you know on your incredible journey home. See you soon brother.

  11. Ken Perry
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Mike was such a great guy…he will truely be missed…War Eagle buddy!

  12. Mike & Jane Rodgers
    April 13, 2004 12:00 am

    I don’t know anyone who loved his family more than Mike. He even found time for his cousins! Aunt Frances, Frankie, Michelle, Josh, Ryan, Emily and families, our prayers are with you. Mike has already heard, “Well done.”

  13. Deborah Davis Morrow
    March 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Dearest Stimpson Family,

    I can’t put into words my feelings for Michael. He was always laughing, playing tricks on any and everyone. Most of all Michael loved his family and put them first. That was Michael. I can’t imagine our lives without him, but there are so many joyous people in heaven.

    My thoughts and prayers are with each and everone of you. Lean on God and He will comfort you!

    Love and prayers to all of you!
    Deborah Davis Morrow

  14. Jennifer Hite
    March 13, 2004 12:00 am

    I sat next to you everyday and enjoyed every moment. You put a smile on my face like no one else could! I will love you always and you will always be in my heart.

  15. Mark Linn
    March 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Mike always had that big smile and there wasn’t a time that I saw that I didn’t get a big bear hug! A truly happy person, that absolutely lived for his kids. I’m honored to have known him and blessed to call him a friend. He will be greatly missed.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Linn

  16. Jason Ten Eyck
    March 13, 2004 12:00 am

    RIP Mike you will be missed.

  17. Jennifer Dyer & Lilli B
    March 13, 2004 12:00 am

    I love you! So blessed to have so many years of great memories with the Stimpson family. I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life!

  18. Vivian Agan
    February 13, 2004 12:00 am

    Mike, we will miss you and the conversation. My heart goes out to the family and I hope the tears will soon turn to memories. I know there are memories that will last a lifetime. I had not seen Mike in years, but we talked enough for me to know that his family was his life. May you find peace in knowing that he loved you so much.

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