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On May 31st 2017 Michael "Mike" Hathaway passed away at 63 years old.

The following was written by his brother, Jim Hathaway.

Today is June 4, 2017. Michael would have been 64 years old today, but passed away on May 31st at Langdale Hospice House under the care of angels who lovingly tried to keep him from the pain he was in. Wednesday afternoon a longtime family friend the Rev. Charles Barden came to visit us and prayed for Mike. As he prayed for God to please not delay but make certain the gates of Heaven were open, we all held hands together over Mike as he quietly listened. By the end of the day the prayer had been answered.
Mike was born June 4, 1953 in Gardiner, Maine. He is preceded in death by his father Donald Stewart Hathaway, his mother Gladys Doris Baker, and sister Sandra Herman. Mike is survived by his wife Michelle Baker Hathaway, who amazed us all with untold hours and endless days, weeks, and months of caring for Michael. Survivors also include his daughter Mary Hathaway Giddens, son Jacob Hathaway , their mother Mary Tina Corbitt, one grandson Gavin Giddens, his brothers Jim Hathaway - spouse Lorna Hathaway, David Hathaway, Gene Hathaway -spouse Cherie Hathaway, and Brian Hathaway - spouse Nancy Hathaway, three step sons Frank, David, and Michael Gleason, and many nephews and nieces.
Michael's grandson Gavin was the gleam in his eye, and you always knew that when he spoke about him.
Born in Maine, Mike and family moved to Georgia in August 1963. As we left that morning there was still frost on the ground. New to the area we all talked different, hated the heat, and drank sulfur water. But as time moved on we realized how fortunate we were to be among such good people as is "the Southern tradition" and way of life.
As a little boy Mike enjoyed going to his grandparents' camp in Maine on Pleasant Pond, owned by Irvin and Josephine Hathaway. Maternal grandparents were Anna and Arthur Baker.
In Georgia, Mike did not finish high school, but proved that whatever it took he would work to provide for his family. Words to describe Mike would certainly be good, hardworking, honest, selfless, and stubborn. He worked almost 20 years at Crackin Good Bakery as an oven operator. After he left the bakery he did maintenance work until he had a stroke. A former employer John Lechler said Mike knew how to do anything and also counted him as a good friend. Enough so that when Mike was at his sickest, John and his wife Lisa came to visit and comfort as a true friend would.
An avid NASCAR fan and Dale Earnhardt supporter, Mike was recently asked who he pulls for now. He replied, "Dale Junior or anyone ahead of Kyle Busch!"
This obituary would not be complete without these last thoughts and memories:
As a little boy he knelt beside Grammy Hathaway as she prayed, with such conviction and emotion, that she always kept a crying towel in her hand.
Michael was a tinkerer and was always tinkering with something to see how it worked, especially bicycles.
Michelle described him as a loving husband and companion. They were married August 16, 2008.
At the last of Mike's life he was lovingly cared for by the staff at Langdale Hospice. It would be unfair to call anyone's name because everyone did their job with the upmost care and compassion. At Michelle's side were her mother, father, and sister in law Lorna Hathaway.
In times like these few people can put all the choices in place with knowledge of medical, factual, emotional, and rationally loving information to do what must be done. This is when Lorna's light shines the brightest. To quote Lewis Grizzard, "An angel doesn't come by every day."

It has been my honor to share my brother with you.

Love you Bro,
Jim

In lieu of flowers Michael's family asked donations be made to Langdale Hospice House.
Published on  June 7, 2017
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