Michael Ray Herring was born on July 12, 1952 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Helen Lee Law and Curtis Herring. Mike always took delight in calling Sandra Kay Herring “his much older sister.” He graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1970. After graduation, he worked for Morris & Dixon while attending Louisiana State University in Shreveport. God led Mike to Marshall where he began his career with ICI AMERICAS, Inc., currently Cabot Norit Americas Corporation. Mike worked in various positions before he became the Customer Sales Rep for the western United States. This was a perfect fit for Mike with his warm and cheerful personality. He loved his job and was proud to let you know he worked for Cabot “40 years, 7 months, and 25 days.” After retiring, he enjoyed working as an Ambassador for Sullivan Funeral Home. Friendly and outgoing, Mike never met a stranger. He also enjoyed helping his wife, Sandra, with her business in downtown Marshall. Whether it was Wonderland of Lights, Jeans ‘n Classics, or Dallas Market, Mike was there with his gift for gab. Mike was always there to support his family, friends, and church, too. An active member of the Covenant Class at First United Methodist Church, he looked forward to the opportunity to serve at Martha’s Kitchen. Whether it was a sports event or a kindergarten program, you could count on Mike to be there. Like most grandfathers, he was proud of his grandchildren. Known as Papa and just “Mike” to some, he always mentioned that he had “nine boys and a queen.” He was a wonderful and loving husband to his wife, Sandra Herring. They enjoyed traveling and were blessed to have the opportunity to do so not only together, but with family and friends. Mike loved collecting music and movies. He shared this passion with a close friend, Perry Hurley, which made it even better. The Eagles were his all time favorite. He enjoyed sharing his music and movie collection with others and was always had a copy for anyone that wanted one. Mike was also a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. No matter the score, he never gave up on them. Mike displayed his same attitude of “never give up” when diagnosed with cancer twice in the last seven years of his life. He was always a trouper facing each bout with a smile. Mike went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 27, 2020 after succumbing to complications from diabetes. He will be dearly missed, forever loved, and never forgotten.
Left to cherish his life and his memory are his wife, Sandra Shafer Herring; his son, Michael Ryan Herring and his wife, Cassana; his step-son, Zach Oden and Kristen; his step-daughter, Amy Oden; his step-daughter, Amanda Smith and her husband, Randy; his sister, Sandra Kay Greig; his sister-in-law and her husband, Julie and David Cohee; his niece, Mallary Cohee; his nephew, Matt Cohee; and his mother-in-law, Betty Shafer. His “nine boys and a queen” are Braxton Ryan Herring, Kyler Blaine Herring, Tyson Deon Oden, Blake Hayden Smith, Asher Drew Smith, Caleb Scott Oden, Jayce Allen Oden, Jacob Holt Oden, Bryce Henry Alexander, and Megan Claire Fortman. He is also survived by a great granddaughter that he never got to meet, Addlee Blaze Oden and her mother, Danielle Turner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Curtis Herring; Connie Mason Herring, mother of Ryan; and Carl Greig Sr., his brother-in-law.
A private service to celebrate the life of Mike will be held on Friday, January 1, in the Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home with interment to follow at Colonial Gardens Cemetery.
Flowers are permitted. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to the Covenant Class, First United Methodist Church, 300 East Houston Street, Marshall, Texas 75670.
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