Obituaries » Michael (Mike) Louie Shores
November 9, 1953 – December 2, 2020
We take comfort in the assurance and knowledge that Mike is at the feet of Jesus. The family plans a private service at a later date.Obituary Viewed 144 times
Michael (Mike) Louie Shores; born 11/9/1953, passed away peacefully, with his sisters and brother by his side on 12/2/2020 in Lakeland, FL at the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Mike is survived by his sister Linda Shores Miller, brother Bill Shores, sister Mellonee Shores Hedrick, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Cathie Shores, sister Sandy Shores, and brother Robert Shores.
Mike was raised in Winter Haven, FL by loving parents in a family of six kids. His favorite memories were of the neighborhood community on Lake Otis, as well as his choral and band activities at Winter Haven High School, where he graduated in 1972. When he wasn’t wrestling with his brothers, biking or swimming in the lake, he loved singing with his family, as well as in church, and was a gifted percussionist. He especially enjoyed playing drum-set in the WHHS Stage Band, and snare drum in the marching band. He was featured in a Chevrolet commercial with other band members (filmed at the Denison stadium). The family enjoyed watching this together for several months (aired during Bonanza on Sunday nights)…with the proud younger siblings yelling “there’s Mike”…our hero big brother!
Michael loved his country, and served faithfully in the Army before returning as a young adult to his beloved roots in central Florida. Mike was loved by everyone, was always smiling, and could make anyone laugh. He could have been named the class clown at WHHS. He was the best at telling a joke or pulling a fun prank. He was truly a bright light and was definitely THE fun one to be around. In his later years, Mike enjoyed working on the staff team at the Silver Ring Café for many years and was grateful for his community in Lakeland, who loved and cared for him well. Mike taught us all the value of being content and at peace with the life he chose. He took joy in the simplicity of his lifestyle, and intentionally threw off the burden of possessions early on, choosing to take one day at a time.
We take comfort in the assurance and knowledge that Mike is at the feet of Jesus. The family plans a private service at a later date.