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Michael Lynn Thrift, 54

Michael Lynn Thrift, 54 of Lonoke, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from heart failure caused by an extended illness. He was an owner operator of M&M Excavating. Michael was an accomplished musician; playing guitar and singing lead & background vocals in many area bands throughout Missouri and Arkansas.

He is preceded in death by his father, Milford Thrift and younger brother, Jerry Wade Thrift; father-in-law, Frank William Granger and nephew Thad William Casler.

Michael is survived by his wife, Michelle M. Granger; mother, Patsy Lorene Thrift; sisters, Tammy Thrift Coble and Debra Thrift Rigel; brother Terry Ray Thrift; 15 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, in Jacksonville from 1-2pm with funeral services following at 2pm. 

30 Comments

  • Jim and Liz Vent Posted July 23, 2018 7:22 PM

    Michael Thrift, We Loved you dearly!!! Prayers!!! For all the family!! God called A Great Man home and He is with you all!! Always!! Love you all very much!!!

  • Dan & Vicki Williams Posted July 23, 2018 8:11 PM

    Mikey was one of the good guys.

    • Michelle Granger and the Thrift Family Posted July 30, 2018 7:19 AM

      Thank You for the suppport and prayers during this difficult in our family.

  • Cathi Roberts Posted July 23, 2018 8:18 PM

    You will be missed terribly. Give David a big hug from me.

  • Joan Billingsley Posted July 23, 2018 8:22 PM

    Michael, we will miss you deeply but knowing you are in the arms of your Savour helps us let you go. Always in our heart love you, nephew.

  • Rodney Hall Posted July 23, 2018 8:40 PM

    I knew mike since is was 12 and I’m now 49. I was there when he broke his leg on the 3 wheeler we were riding. He would crawl out of the muddy ditch slipping and sliding. Grabbing roots to pull his self out of the ditch in the woods. He would laugh his ass off one second then yell and cry the next. I stood there laughing with a cast on my own leg. I could always depend on him when I needed help. We rode in his chevy chevette 90 mph sideways down the gravel road. I was scared to death. He was laughing so hard it made him drive faster. He and I was doing 100 in my 73 vw and couldn’t stop at end of road. I jerked the wheel to the right and said hold on Mikey. Car turned sideways and slid off in bar ditch. No damage and it sat there running while floating. We have been through a lot my friend. This sucks

  • Shelly Hall-Allbritton Posted July 23, 2018 10:03 PM

    Mike you were a huge part of our life growing up. Sorry to hear your gone.. Our condolences to “The Thrift” family, from “The Hall Family”…..R.I.P. Mike..

  • Billy n Rebecca Tanner Posted July 23, 2018 10:20 PM

    R.I.P MY FRIEND

  • Sharon G Baker Posted July 23, 2018 10:29 PM

    So sorry for your loss..thoughts and prayers for all the family

  • Tamara thrift Posted July 23, 2018 10:43 PM

    I love u uncle mike always and forever wish I could be there

  • Karen & Scott Temple Posted July 23, 2018 10:54 PM

    Our Prayers are with the Family

  • Miranda & Isaiah cross Posted July 24, 2018 1:09 AM

    So very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you all🙌

  • Mindy Martin Posted July 24, 2018 2:30 AM

    My condolences to all the family. Praying for you all. Love you all

  • CM Posted July 24, 2018 5:12 AM

    “Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dusts! For your dew is as the dew of the morning. And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.” (Isaiah 26:19) This prophecy tells us that one day we will see our dead loved ones again in the new world! Please seek Jehovah God to see his promises fulfilled….

  • CM Posted July 24, 2018 5:15 AM

    “Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dusts! For your dew is as the dew of the morning. And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.” (Isaiah 26:19) This prophecy tells us that one day we will see our dead loved ones again in a new world! Please seek Jehovah God to see his promises fulfilled…

  • Robin Linson Posted July 24, 2018 5:51 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. My heart goes out to Pat, Debra, Tammy and his entire family. (((Hugs)))

  • tony scroggins Posted July 24, 2018 7:33 AM

    sorry for your familys loss, mike was one of a kind,

  • Robbin Waller Posted July 24, 2018 8:17 AM

    My heart breaks for the family, I haven’t seen Mike in years but he was always kind, would give the shirt off his back if someone needed it, and oh such a sense of humor. He will be missed, please know I am keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Darlene Posted July 24, 2018 4:36 PM

    Heaven is even better with you playing your music.You were my best friend from the day I met you and you are still!I’ll love and miss you til I see you there!I hope you heal Thrift family.I love you all!!Bye Mikey (FA)

  • Belinda Meharg Weinbrenner Posted July 24, 2018 5:09 PM

    Sorry to hear about Mike. He has always been kind hearted and so nice. Mike is having a wonderful time with his Daddy and brother now..My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family. May God bless you all and help you through this time…Love and Prayers

  • Arnold and Angie Taylor Posted July 24, 2018 5:52 PM

    Mike you will be missed brother, will never forget the times we had growing up off campground road. Milford would had been very proud of your guitar picking . Now yall can play together give Jesus all praise and glory forever. We love you and you will never be forgotten. Our prayers go out to all the family. Rest high o. that mountain.

  • Arnold and Angie Taylor Posted July 24, 2018 5:52 PM

    Mike you will be missed brother, will never forget the times we had growing up off campground road. Milford would had been very proud of your guitar picking . Now yall can play together give Jesus all praise and glory forever. We love you and you will never be forgotten. Our prayers go out to all the family. Rest high o. that mountain.

  • Renee Posted July 24, 2018 6:24 PM

    RIP Mike you will be missed hug Jerry for me. Fly high

  • Rose Collins & Lonnie Garrett Posted July 24, 2018 8:48 PM

    Mike you was such a dear friend while growing up together .. We had alot of laughs .. God be with the Thrift family .

  • Cindy Johnson Posted July 24, 2018 10:31 PM

    Just really at a loss for words. I grew up knowing Mike and his family. He was one of the best guitar players i have ever known. My husband always enjoyed playing music with Mike. He was just a down to earth great person. He was always a joy to be around. He will be truly missed. Prayers for the family for peace and comfort. I pray God surrounds you all with His loving arms and gives you peace and comfort now and in the days to come.

  • Tara Everett Posted July 25, 2018 1:59 PM

    You were a great cousin with a kind heart.i still remember all the times we all had in cabot. Guess you’re picking guitar with your daddy and my daddy. You will be missed. Y’all keep jamming.

  • Virginia Howell Posted July 26, 2018 6:29 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time. May your sweet memories bring you comfort.

  • Charley Ball Posted July 26, 2018 10:13 PM

    Sorry for your loss. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • joe Glover Posted July 27, 2018 8:11 AM

    In our prayers and thoughts—Joe and Margaret Glover

  • Cornell Thrift Bray Posted July 27, 2018 8:18 AM

    Such a loss, Michael was one of a kind, missed so much by many, never had any kids of your own, but all them loved you and you were their ROCK, you suffer no more, RIP cuz, in our hearts forever, until we meet again

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