Michael Luther Fuqua, age 74 of Callahan, Florida passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at his residence.
Born and raised in Lafayette, Georgia, he was a son of the late Luther W. Fuqua and Ida Lockie Dover.
Immediately after graduating high school, Michael enlisted in the US Army where he served honorably in the Vietnam War. Upon returning to Georgia following his service in the military, Michael went to work for Hershey’s Chocolate and then worked as a brick mason for many years up until earlier this year. He also worked at Batt Family Fun Center doing repairs and renovations.
Michael was known as a hard worker, a loving family man and he never met a stranger. He loved Christmas and made the holidays special for his generosity and giving nature. His smile would light up every room he entered. In his spare time, Michael enjoyed fishing, bowling, drinking Dr. Pepper and trying his luck at the dog track. Above all, he loved his wife of 30 years, Patricia and his family.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Stephen Fuqua and nephew Duane Waugh.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Patricia Fuqua of Callahan, Florida; sons, Earl F. “ Eric” VelDink and his wife Christine of Gainesville, Florida, Phillip VelDink and his wife Donna of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Elaine Dodgen and her husband Jack of Rock Mart, Georgia; his aunt, Myra Beck; cousins, Rhonda (Billy) Weathington, Vicki Daughtry, Donna Grogan Higdon, Romy (Sharon) Dover; and nieces Angie (Rex) Lester and Cindy (Timmy) Fason. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 29, 2019 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until the hour of service at the funeral home.