ALEXANDRIA -- A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at the New Hope Baptist Church in DeKalb County for Mr. Dies of Auburntown.
He died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 following a brief illness.
His devotion to his family was outweighed only by his devotion to his Lord. Although a licensed Minister, he chose a pulpit in his everyday surroundings.
A self-employed contractor, he ministered to all he met; selflessly and without recompense. Michael considered his true job to be a husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Dies was an avid fisherman and enjoyed writing.
Visitation with the family will be from 1 p.m. until the service Saturday at the church.
Services will be conducted by Brother Ronald Smith with David Merchoff and Mark Garrison leading the Celebration with memories and song.
Survivors include: his wife of 36 years, Laura Gail Dies; Children Christopher (Christy) Dies, Keith (Amanda) Dies -- all of Alexandria, Jason (Jeri) Dies of Lebanon and Jamie Gail (Jeremy) Haynes of Chapel Hill.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Chloe and Mikayla Dies; Ethan, Haley, Caleb, and Autumn Dies; Landon and Allyson Faye Haynes; siblings Judy (Paul) White, Jimmy Dies, Kirby Dies, Ricky (Phyllis) Dies, Andrew (Pamela) Dies, Roger Dies, Chrissy Dies, Billy Dies, Steve Dies, Frank Dies, Tina Dies, Berta (Steve) Foster, and Leon (Teresa) Dies.
He is preceded in death by parents Lewis Thurston "Pete" and Wilberta Murray Dies.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.