Michael K. Douglas, age 56, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Michael grew up in the town of Winfield, Tennessee and attended Scott County High School. He graduated at the age of 15 and completed his education at Roane State Community College and Lincoln Memorial University. At LMU, Michael was a member of the Gamma Lambda Sigma Fraternity. Some of Michael’s fondest memories occurred while he was attending LMU in Harrogate. After graduation, Michael drove for a limousine service in Knoxville during the World’s fair. He had the opportunity to drive for many foreign dignitaries and famous people at the time. Michael’s life has been one of service and civic duty to his community and fellow man. He was the first City Recorder for the town of Winfield, helping the town to become incorporated. Michael became a Social Counselor for the Department of Human Services serving both children and then adults in providing protective services in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union counties. He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club in Scott County. He served for many years on the board of the Morgan/Scott County Unicorn fund and was very active in the children’s Christmas program. Michael was a former member of the Oneida Masonic Blue Lodge 695 and a Shriner for the Kerbela Temple in Knoxville.
Michael retired in 2002 due to health reasons and moved to Knoxville where he could be more independent. He became confined to a wheelchair but the circumstances never held him back. He and, wife Cindy, joined Knoxville Christian Center where Michael volunteered at every event. Michael considered the church as his second family. Michael loved to cook and serve. He never missed an opportunity to make others feel special. His passion was to help others. He was devoted to his family and circle of friends. He adored his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Michael had a big heart and gave freely of himself. He always had a story and joke to spare.
Michael is survived by his wife and best friend, Cindy Douglas of Knoxville; son, Bill Douglas of North Carolina; grandchildren, Bryson and Tessa Grace Douglas; father, Mike Edison Douglas of Winfield; sisters, Marianne Perry and Ona Lewallan of Oneida; brother, Roger Douglas of Winfield, brothers-in-law, Andrew Lewallen of Oneida and Tim Evans of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Becky Evans of Knoxville, special nephew Jason Perry and numerous nieces and nephews. Special friends who had major impact on Michael are Clayton Hess of LaFollette, Verhonda Hembree of Huntsville, Maye May of Helenwood, Roger Burress of Helenwood, Cecil Strunk of Winfield, Ray Lyons of Elizabethton, Dennis Strange of White Pines, Tracie Jones of Knoxville, and Matthew Terrent of Powell.
Michael is preceded in death by his mother, Grace Douglas; special aunt and uncle, Ovia and Salina Douglas; sister, Kathy Cooper; nieces, Jennifer Cooper and Shadara Douglas; friend and mentor, Charles May; and his beloved fur babies, Bo Junior and Sugar Baby.
There will be a memorial service for Michael on July 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Knoxville Christian Center, 818 N. Cedar Bluff Rd, Knoxville, TN. 37923, Pastor Barry Culberson officiating. A homecoming celebration will immediately follow the service in the gymnasium. A family and friend celebration is planned for the Smokies baseball game on July 28th. Anyone wishing to share memories or stories about Michael is encouraged to post on his face book page. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to Knoxville Christian Center to support the building fund or youth ministry.
This obituary is provided as a courtesy by Jones & Son and West-Murley Funeral Home.