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Michael Ryan Vinson, TSgt., USAF
March 12, 1991 – June 10, 2019
Madison – Senior Airman Michael Ryan Vinson passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 10, 2019.
Mike was born on March 12, 1991, and was a 2009 graduate of Madison Central High School. A month after graduation, he joined the Air Force at age 18 and found his life’s passion as a helicopter maintenance mechanic. Mike spent seven years in the Air Force, attaining the rank of technical sergeant.
While enlisted, Mike journeyed far and wide, serving both domestically and abroad. Upon his honorable discharge, Mike continued as a civilian contractor for the military based out of Fallon, Nevada, which led to additional deployments abroad.
Mike’s life ended tragically at age 28. Friends and family, of which there are many, remember Mike as fun-loving, loyal and hard-headed. He lived life fully, and his wicked sense of humor and contagious laughter will forever be remembered.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Johanna Lang; paternal grandparents, Christine Cagle and Richard Lee Vinson; step-grandparents, Dr. Rodney Lee and Lula Lee; and Virginia (Ginger) Ann and Ronald (Ron) John Cleland.
He is survived by his mother, Susan Cleland (Eric), of Madison; father, Richard Vinson (Tammy), of Madison; sisters, Gabby Dickerson (Bo) and Casey Lee Reeves; brothers: Conner Cleland, Dean Michael Reeves, Jr. (Alyssa), and Ryan Patrick Reeves (Eileen); nieces: Marlee Reeves, Riley Reeves and Madelyn Reeves; nephews, Owen Dickerson and Barrett Reeves; maternal grandfather, David Reese Lang as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Rick will honor his son with a Celebration of Michael’s Life on Thursday, June 20, 2019 with visitation from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. with a Military Honors Memorial Service at 6 p.m. at Sebrell Funeral Home, 425 Northpark Dr., Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Susan will honor her son with a Celebration of Michael’s Life on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 12:00 Noon at Grace Crossing Baptist Church, 598 Yandell Rd., Canton, MS 39046.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi, 1640 Lelia Drive, No. 100, Jackson, MS 39216 and/or to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365 or www.garysinisefoundation.org
Published by Clarion Ledger from Jun. 16 to Jun. 19, 2019.
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