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Michael Wayne "Mike" Gleason

2020-11-10

Michael (Mike) Wayne Gleason, 65 years old of Fernandina Beach left this world in the midst of one of his many great adventures on Friday, November 6, 2020. He was born, claiming that he was surfing in diapers, in Vallejo, California and grew up in Baker, Louisiana. He was married to high school love, Carolyn Arnold Gleason for 43 years.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, two grandsons, one granddaughter, his father, brother, two sisters, nieces and nephews: Carolyn Gleason (wife); daughters: Meagan Gleason Saunders (Louis), Jessica Gleason Tompkins (Brendan), Mary-Michael Gleason Scholl (Sydney); grandchildren: Emma de Brauwere, Linden Tompkins, and Keifer Tompkins; father: Jack E. Gleason, Sr. (Norma); brother: Jack Gleason, Jr (Beth); sisters: Cindy Gleason Billings (Wendell) and Jamie Gleason Wilkerson (Aaron).

He is preceded in death by his mother Bobbie Butler Gleason.

Mike received degrees in Chemical Engineering from LSU and MBA from Duke University. He enjoyed a 22 year career in the pulp and paper industry prior to starting his own business, Creative Cabinetry (Kempsville Cabinets) in 2003. He loved flying, biking, motorcycling, hiking, sailing, scuba diving, snow skiing, and guitar� to name a few. He was an active member of Amelia Baptist Church and Kairos Prison Ministries.

Services to celebrate his life will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at First Baptist Church.

His family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, November 20, 2020 at the funeral home

He will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

Mike�s greatest passion was his love of everyone and he will be forever missed.

Memories

TONY BREWER November 10, 2020
God bless you brother! You are a great loss to all of us. The world needs many more people like you! Rest in peace, you will be greatly missed and always remembered

KEITH F THOMPSON November 10, 2020
Mike touched everyone�s heart with his smile and look on total attitude toward life. Live life to the fullest. God bless & blue skies.

MARVIN AND CATHERINE CAMPBELL November 11, 2020
We are deeply saddened by Mike�s passing. As a friend, a neighbor and a client (in that order), Mr. Mike and his bright smile and concern for others was a few of his many attributes. What an awesome guyI We know that God awaits you, Brother, with open arms. Rest in peace.

GERALD AND DEBBIE BURFORD November 11, 2020
Mike we will miss you, we know you are dancing on the streets of Gold with Jesus. You always had good time at whatever you did. You were such a great person to be around. We will miss you deeply.

DREW SCOTT November 12, 2020
I�m proud to have called you a friend. You left your mark here on earth and you will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace Mike, your work here is done.

RICHARD GILMORE November 12, 2020
I feel blessed to have known you, flown with you and enjoyed the fruits of your labor. I felt like we were instant buddies as we both loved adrenaline rushes.
Old pilots never die�. they just fly higher.
Rest In Peace my friend.

CHERYL A. STEPP November 12, 2020
I worked at the Union Camp, Franklin, VA mill when Mike was on the management team there. Extremely nice person. My condolences to the family for their loss. Cherish the memories.

P ELLIS November 12, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Worked at UC in Franklin, Va Tommy and Mike knew each other with their love of flying. They went on a couple of trips together. Praying for you all

MAC BRYANT November 12, 2020
I had the pleasure of knowing him when he was at the Franklin mill What a great guy we all loved mike May God be with his family RIP Mike

DEBBIE VINES November 12, 2020
Mike , so glad we got to spend your last days with you in Mexico. You are truly one of the most genuine people i have ever known. My heart goes out to Carolyn and the girls, such a tragic loss. Rest in peace my friend.

ROSE MILLER November 12, 2020
Mike was always a professional and a gentleman. I will miss his positive attitude towards life and beautiful smile. God be with his family during this time

JAMES AND LISA STROZIER November 12, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the Gleason family in this tragic loss. Along with all of the memories of things we did together when the family lived in Franklin, we have a constant reminder of Mike. About the time that we were building our house, Lisa had been down to visit friends in the area, and had gone to Mike and Carolyn�s house, and came back raving about how gourgeous their mantel was, along with the rest of the house. I called Mike, and asked if he could build something for our fireplace and send it up. He responded that he couldn�t do it remotely, but, he came up and built the mantle for us. I look at it every day. Brings back many memories of all of our times together.

OLIN & BRENDA ROMINES November 12, 2020
Carolyn & family, We are so sadden by the news! You & Mike have always been special! I pray for GOD�s comfort & peace during a most difficult time!!!

KATY MARKS November 12, 2020
I worked at Union Camp in Franklin when Mike was there. Such a nice gentleman! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family!

CRAIG EPPOLITO November 12, 2020
Despite the loss of the physical presence of your father. We know that God has assigned him to watch over you throughout your life.

DIANE MOXLEY November 12, 2020
Carolyn and family, so sorry for your loss. Praying God comforts you through this difficult time.

DIRECTOR November 12, 2020
I was deeply saddened to hear of Mike�s passing. He was a great guy and we will miss him and remember him always�Yvonne Brouillette

H. PIERCE RUMPH November 13, 2020
Mike has been a friend for many, many years and he and Carolyn we�re great neighbors. Mike rode life hard, in a good way, and got put up wet. Revel in having known him.

DAVID CAMERON November 13, 2020
I was part of the group to travel to Cozumel, Mexico on a scuba diving adventure. Even though I only knew Mike a few days his friendly personality made me feel as though I had known him for years. He told me about his many adventures since we both shared a love of scuba diving, snow skiing and riding motorcycles. His last minutes were spent diving on beautiful Francesca reef and swimming with the turtles doing something he loved. We should all be so lucky!

BRENT MAYO November 13, 2020
I only knew Mike fro a few short years since living in Fernandina. Mike was always happy and a joy to be around. Mike always made everyone feel special. He will be missed.

ED GARZA November 13, 2020
Writing a condolence message is a two edge sword. One side is that you�ve lost so someone who is a exceptional friend & the other side is you try to fine the right words to explain how his life elevated yours. His warm smile, his acceptance of you, his kind demeanor, the value of your friendship with him & his willingness to try to help you at a drop of the hat. I will never forget those wonderful attributes that the Lord bestowed in Mike. A wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, & a friend to all he met. I extend my prayers to Carolyn, his daughters & immediate family�that God� s richest BLESSINGS of comfort , peace, & love help through this time. Thanks for sharing this wonderful Man with us.

PASTOR BOB KELLER, GBBC DENHAM SPRINGS LA. November 13, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss

TRUDI STAFFORD November 13, 2020
Adventurer: a person who enjoys or seeks adventure; see Michael Wayne Gleason.
I find peace in the fact that Mike is having the ultimate adventure now in Heaven. My heart and prayers go out to Carolyn, family, friends, and all those whose lives were touched by Mike..
Love, Trudi

JANET WOLFF November 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mike�s passing. My sincere condolences.

ALBERT BONDURANT November 14, 2020
Michael Wayne �Son� Gleason now rests in peace. His idea of �rest� is a bit different from most of us, so I expect he is practicing loops and barrel rolls until all of us left behind can meet up once again. Lynn and I offer our love and prayers to Carolyn and all his family.

Love, Big AL and Lynn

JEANNE SCOTT November 14, 2020
Mike was like a second son to me. He was my go to guy. To quote a friend, � Mike shed grace wherever he went.� We will mis him so much, especially wine evenings on the patio. Our prayers are continually for the family. We will see him again, praise the Lord.

MIKE & LEE November 14, 2020
Carolyn, Meagan, Jessica, Mary-Michael and family, what a joy to have been a part of your lives for all of the years we had with Mike. I share a brotherhood with so many with my dear friend. My knowledge and absolute faith that Mike today has seen the face of his Savior makes the pain of my personal loss bearable. Lee, Julia, Jessie and I hold you guys firmly in our thoughts and prayers and offer our love and support for you all.

HANK HINCKLEY November 14, 2020
Mike-A VailMountain Adventurer; A Minturn Mile Survivor; a Gentleman and Lover of Life. Always a smile and friendly comment. WHAT A GUY ! ! Although I knew him for only a few years, each year for that January week at the ole Apollo , his presence made it seem longer. Mike � your physical presence will be missed while the memories persevere !

DAVE NELSON November 15, 2020
Oh, my friend, I am so sorry to learn of your passing! A light of the world is lost. My heartfelt condolences to Carolyn and the girls. We enjoyed many adventures together when we were young � skiing at Breckenridge, hiking in the Smokies, sailing in Florida and the Bahamas, and flying � with some of those flights involving rather more adventure than either of us wanted. I�ve known no other with such a zest for life, who challenged himself to face and overcome his own fears, who loved others with such an open heart. I�m a better person for having known you, my friend.

TARRY AND THERON ROGERS November 15, 2020
Carolyn,
Words cannot express how sorry about Mikes untimely death.will never forget the great time we had with y�all and Ann&Ron in the Bahamas ..He was a great guy and a blessing to all.will be praying for you and your family.

JERRIE & JIMMY MOORE November 15, 2020
Carolyn and family, we are so sad to hear of Mike�s passing. He made the most of his years on earth and brought joy to all who knew him. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jimmy & Jerrie Moore

JC WATSON November 15, 2020
To Carolyn and your three sweet girls, I offer my sincerest condolences on your loss. As a salesman to the Pulp and Paper industry, I always looked forward to visiting St. Francisville and spending time with Mike. His exuberance for life, his love for his fellow man, and his persistent optimism always lifted my spirits. His loving deeds and that friendly, open smile will live on in all of us.

LUCY KWAPNIOSKI-NADEAU December 15, 2020
I met Mike through his cabinet business when I was in home building. He was one of the many people that I considered a blessing to meet. Please accept my deepest condolences on his passing. The earth definitely is a little darker without his brightness among us. A cheerful man always.