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In loving memory of
Michael Avery
  • January 20, 1949
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  • August 27, 2020

  • Obituary


Michael Beck Avery was born January 20, 1949, in Clearwater, Florida to Wilma (Woodie) and James C. Avery. His family moved to New Smyrna Beach when Mike was three years old where he grew up and attended school. While a student at New Smyrna High School Mike was an outstanding “Cuda” playing football and baseball. During his junior year Mike was recruited to play football for Father Lopez with the promise of a college scholarship but chose to graduate with his classmates in New Smyrna Beach, Class of 1967. Mike attended Daytona Beach Junior College then transferred to Chipola Junior College, as a walk on baseball pitcher, to be near his fiancé, Donna Wynn Avery (FSU). He was drafted into the National Guard in 1969, where he served for six years. During that time he also became a journeyman sprinkler fitter working for Thompkin and Beckwith and WW Gay, both in Jacksonville. He and Donna lived in Jacksonville five years during which time God blessed them with the birth of their son Michael Shane. The 1975 construction recession afforded Mike the opportunity to join Auto Train, now Amtrack, where he was employed until retirement. During the transition of Auto Train, Mike served as the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the city of Edgewater, Florida, where he built the first ball field for children, obtained a grant to create Menard Park, and remodeled City Hall. Mike and his family were members of Christ Community Church, New Smyrna Beach. Left to cherish precious memories of Mike are his wife, Donna Wynn Avery, son, Shane Avery (Natalie), GA, Sandra K Herbert (sister in love), father, James C. Avery (Virginia), AR and brothers Jimmy Avery, Kyle Avery, TX. A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to Covid 19.

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