John Thomas Mickle, of Kershaw, known as J.T. to many friends and family, passed suddenly at his home on March 12, 2011. He was the son of the late Melton and Ada Shaw Mickle and the husband of Mable Harris Mickle. He was born March 5, 1923 in Kershaw, SC and educated in the public schools of Kershaw. J.T. retired from E.I. DuPont Company in Camden, S.C. with 28 years of service in the chemistry mixture laboratory.
He was a former member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Kershaw and a current member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Heath Springs, S.C where he served faithfully as a long-time deacon, former treasurer and former Sunday School teacher.
An Army Veteran, J.T. served his country in France, Germany and Belgium during World War II and afterward, through the American Legion for 52 continuous years, serving as a Post Commander at Sanders Stoney Post in Camden and later as the first Post Commander at Laney Post in Kershaw. His present membership is at Stafford Graham Post in Lancaster, S.C.
He will be remembered for his commitment to his church, community and friends. He will be remembered most of all for his love for family.
J.T. leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife of 61 years and three daughters, Sharon J. Mickle and Andrea D. Mickle of Bowie, MD and Deborah Mickle Griffin of Kershaw; one grandson Johnathan Stanley Griffin of Bowie, MD; a sister Susie Mickle Gaskins of Santa Monica, CA; one Goddaughter; one Godson; six sister-in-laws; four brother-in-laws; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, "adopted children" and friends. He was predeceased by a brother and five sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Bright Light Baptist Church in Heath Springs with burial at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. Bennie Stinson, Pastor, presiding. A wake will be held Wednesday, March 16 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Heath Springs between 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in memory of John T. Mickle to the building fund of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home in Lancaster.