- 68 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 31, 1948
- Date of passing: Oct 21, 2016
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
Michael Dean Cifers Sr., 68, a lifetime resident of Granville County went to be with the Lord Friday, October 21, 2016 at his home.
A native Of Granville County, he was the son of the late Waverly Lee Cifers and Julia Lucinda Woodlief. He was a member of Enon Baptist Church, a veteran of the US Army and retired from Polk Correctional Institute in Butner.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Peace’s Chapel Baptist Church by Rev Bruce Brooks and Rev. Steve Brown. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.
Surviving are his wife Rachell Bartchlett Cifers of the home; his son, Michael Dean Cifers Jr. of Raleigh; step-daughter, Crystal Dunston of Wake Forest; step-son, Joshua Berry of Baltimore, Maryland; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; two brothers, Wendell Cifers and Tim Cifers, both of Oxford. He was pre-deceased in death by a daughter, Tracy Cifers and a brother, Danny Cifers.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.
"In Memory Of Michael Dean Cifers
Remembrance Feb. 12, 2017
En0n Baptist Church Oxford, N.C.
Time, daily it is a part of our lives. Sometimes it slips away too quickly, other times it seems to take forever. Always it helps to write the pages of our lives, who we are, where we're going and where we've been. It is the thing that gives us yesterdays, todays, and hopes for tomorrow, but it is God that holds time in his hands. It is God that knows, and He alone, how much time we have.
A native of Granville County, Michael Dean Cifers was born on July 31, 1948. He was the second of four sons given into the care of Lee and Julia Woodlief Cifers. God gave Michael 68 years on this earth and on Oct. 21, 2016, God called him home. In that 68 years, Michael accomplished a lot.
Because he was a very small child, his mother kept him home until the age of 7, when he began elementary school at C. G. Credle School in Granville County. Michael loved to explore and grew to love the outdoors. Once when he was 9 years old, he decided that playing Davie Crockett in the woods would be more fun than going to school. I still smile as I recall the story Michael told me that day as he laughed out loud.
"When I heard the twig snap and felt Daddy's hand on the scruff of my neck, I knew I was in trouble. I was caught with nowhere to hide! Careful as I had been, Daddy had found me out!" "Let's go behind the woodshed, son," Daddy said. "Then he took off his belt and wore my Davie Crockett breeches out, with me still in them! It was that look of disappointment on Daddy's face that hurt me more than the thrashing I got." Michael believed his father when Lee Cifers said, "Son this hurts me more than it will you." Never forgetting the look of disappointment his father's face showed that day, Michael never skipped school again, and graduated from J.F. Webb High School in June of 1967. In May 1968, Michael was drafted into the United States Army, serving in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon. Here he distinguished himself as a data analyst specialist, maintaining the secret files of the United States of America. During his military service, this 20 year old young man received a Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, and an Expert Badge with Rifle Bar. Receiving an Honorable discharge in May 1970, Michael returned home to Granville County.
He worked at Burlington Industries as a Lab Technician, then Durham Hosiery Mill as a Shipping and Receiving Clerk. In 1977, he worked for Certainteed Corporation as a lead operator in various areas of the plant. While working at Certainteed, Michael also received an Associate of Applied Science Degree and graduated from Vance Granville Community College in 1979.
In 1995, Michael left Certainteed Corporation and began a new job with the State of North Carolina Department of Correction. He became a Certified Correctional Officer for the Division of Prisons until his retirement in 2010.
I met Michael in the year 2000, where I also worked as a certified Correctional Officer at the same prison. After a motorcycle ride across the Blue Ridge Mountains where He proposed, we were married in September of 2002 at Enon Baptist Church.
Michael never lost his love of the great outdoors. As his wife, I enjoyed many adventures with him, including a helicopter the Smokie Mountains of Tennessee on our honeymoon. We Parasailed over the Atlantic Ocean on a vacation (shark trolling I called it). We laughed while whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, N.C. with Mike's brother Tim, and his wife Tommy.
On another adventure, we went on an airboat ride at the edge of the Everglades in Florida. During that trip Mike saw a baby armadillo for the first time in his life. "Look at that! He's the most fascinating little creature I ever saw! I want one!" Mike's excitement was that of a child.
We canoed, fished, hunted, and camped may times, enjoying all of God's glory together. But nothing was more pleasant than having my back against a tree, holding the hand of my sweetheart as we sat side by side, listening to the rustle of the wind, feeling it's chill, watching as the beautiful fall leaves rained down on us from the forest canopy above.
"Look at that," Mike would whisper quietly to me, his eyes full of wonder. "It's beautiful." I'd nod my head and agree. "How can anybody not believe?" Mike would question. Michael felt and knew the responsibility we have to our creator, our Savior, our God. At the end of hunting time, we'd take our deer home and I would cook it and spread a banquet table for us to eat. "Honey that's the best deer roast I ever ate," Mike would compliment me. I'd smile a happy smile and kiss him on the top of his bald head. With his mouth still full of deer roast he'd return my gesture with a brush of his lips. "Thank you for cooking such a good meal," he'd tell me.
Micheal Dean Cifers loved and appreciated everything about life and demonstrated the love of his Lord by the way he lived his life. It is fitting that God called Mike home in the fall of the year on October 21, 2016. Fall was his favorite time of the year. Time is precious and bitter sweet.
Though he is no longer here with us, I fancy seeing Mike smile and I feel his excitement in his knowledge of eternal life. I can imagine Mike sharing a story with David the shepherd boy, or Noah, or perhaps Daniel. As the Lord's blessings are bestowed upon him, I can picture Mike rubbing the head of a lion's furry mane, or cuddling a baby armadillo in his arms.
The banquet table of the Lord is spread now, where all the saints are gathering round. There are a few empty places there, reserved for us, if only we believe.
Though my beloved Michael is no longer here with us I can still hear his whispered words, "Look at this. Come look at this. How can anybody not believe? Look what God has done."
Hearing his beckoning call, "Come see. Come see." I look a little closer. I see that God created a clean heart in Michael Dean Cifers and renewed his spirit. He fell peacefully asleep that day and woke up in the arms of Jesus. Michael now bask in the love and splendor of our Lord, in that heavenly home, where time is no more.
I was blessed to have been his wife."
"We will miss Mike so very much! We truly loved him and he was an important part of our life. He would do anything for anyone. Bill will miss his hunting buddy! We will miss his stories, his smile, and his big heart! We are so very saddened by his passing but we know he is at peace with the Lord!"
"I am saddened by the passing of Mike. He was a simple man, quiet & easy going. He always enjoyed talking about our school days each time I saw him. He expressed how much he enjoyed our last class reunion & looking forward to our 50th next year. He will be missed by his classmates and most of all his family. May God give you all the strength to live on without him, but know he will always be close by & always in your hearts. God Bless his family. Karen, Class of 67."
"Mike will surely be missed, but those that know the Lord will see him again one day. Rachell, my sweet little sister, you are so strong in your faith, so the Lord will guide you through this seemingly difficult time. My prayers are with you and the family. Remember this is not goodbye, but "See you later, Mike." Love you, Big Sis."
"Rachell, Michael was as genuine as any man I have known and it was a honor to have worked by his side in the Dept.of Corrections.He is safe and secure now forever always remembering (His Grace is Sufficent) Take Care. Howard Tyler"
"For my family. I have a big hole in my heart. Half of me no longer walks the face of our world here. But my dear husband, I know where you are. I am trying so hard to carry on, and to love as you always demonstrated your love and caring to me and to others. All of our neighbors have come by home to show their respect. Our neighborhood children carry tears on their checks as they give me hugs,and Buffy pets on the head. They will miss their Mr. Mike. My sweet husband, you made my life so much more.You where my everything, outside of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I will try with God's help, not to let our family fall apart, but my sweet dear, it has been so hard, we all miss you so much. Friends from far and wide have expressed their love and respect for you. What a wonderful blessing, to have been married to such special man. Buffy and I will be okay and she will help to comfort us all, as we say our last good by until we all meet again where you are. I'm so glad I know we will see you again when we all come home. Home seems so empty now. I feel so alone, but I try to think on the good things, as our Lord taught us, and I pray the Lord will give me the wisdom to love the way that you did. It has been so hard honey without you, but I know that all of us share that we are better people because of having had you in our lives, and with you home now with our Lord, I pray the Lord will help us only grow closer as a family. I love so much my sweet husband, but I know the Lord loves you more than we ever could. I don't know why He choose to take you home, but I will try to learn whatever lesson He is trying to teach me. I will ask Him to fill my heart up with His love, give me His peace, comfort, and joy, as we come together to celebrate your home going. I miss you my dear, but I'll see you when I get home. Love Rachell"
"So sorry for the loss. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. May Mike forever RIP"
"Such an exemplary man...an example and a beacon, a patriot and a hero. Love and prayers for all our dear family and friends who love Mike."
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