Michael Julian Mosier

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

April 10, 1954 - January 1, 2018

Michael Julian Mosier went home to be with the Lord Jan. 1, 2018, at the age of 63. A resident of Lewisburg, TN, he was preceded in death by his father, Ron Mosier, of Nashville; his grandparents, Julian and Jessie Sharp of Belfast, TN; grandparents Irene Duncan Weckerly and William Weckerly of Buffalo, NY, and Andrew and Lorena Mosier of Nashville; and his aunt, Kay Mosier of Goodlettsville. Michael is survived by his mother, Judy Sharp Michles and Marc Michles of Orlando, FL; his sister, Lisa Andrea Mosier-Geasley and brother-in-law Jesse Geasley of Murfreesboro, and sister Leslie Ann Mosier of Murfreesboro, TN; his brother, Marcus Michles and sister-in-law, Cindy Michles of Pensacola Beach, FL; his stepmother, Gerri Smith Mosier of Murfreesboro; his uncle, Tom Mosier of Goodlettsville; aunt, Linda Sue Robertson of Hendersonville; nephews, William Carl Davis II, Jesse Ethan Geasley, and Zachary Jameson Worley of Murfreesboro, and Chase and Tyler Livingston of Pensacola Beach, FL; his nieces, Zoey Lauren Worley of Murfreesboro and Madison and Cameron Michles of Gulf Breeze, FL; his cousins, Randall and Lauri Robertson with their children, Talor and Isaac; Andrew and Autumn Robertson with their children Drew, Brooke, Ellie, Addie, and Maggie; Brandon and his wife Beth originally from Hendersonvile along with their children, Jacob, Luke, and Samuel, his cousin Sondra Dean of Goodlettsville, her spouse, Dennis Dean, and their children, Ty, Mia, Krista, and Eli; his cousin, Kyle Mosier and wife Wendy and their children, Alyson, Olivia, Leah and Anna Hill, along with her spouse, Jonah, and baby Henry.

A lifelong musician, composer, and music teacher in Lewisburg, TN, Mike was loved, honored, and followed by people across the U.S. Throughout his early career, he recorded at RCA Studio B and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. As a teen, he was part of the line-up on the Middle Tennessee Jamboree Radio Show Emceed by his father in the early Ď70ís which aired on WGNS Radio. Mike played live for some of the biggest names in country and pop music including Jimmy C. Newman, Ernie Ashworth, and Bertie Higgins, exchanging guitar licks with masters from Johnny Gitcomb to Chet Atkins. He was a proud member of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. For years, he was an important member of the Chattanooga music scene, playing with Tommy and Brenda Rayburn, Doyle Wright, Jimmy Tawater, Gerald Trentham, Crystal Gibson, and Paul Smith, among many others. Mike played in the orchestra for local musical performances at the Dixie Theater in Lewisburg.

After playing for years on the road throughout the South, he returned home to teach guitar to young players in his hometown. Many of these students are among Mikeís lifelong friends. He also became an instrument-rated pilot, flying out of Ellington Airport, where he often worked. A double transplant patient, Mike lived 23 years with a donated heart. He championed organ donation and encouraged people to express their wishes to their families verbally as his own donor did.

Mike was a firm believer in the integrity of musicianship and the need for more individual music and fine arts instruction for young people. In the last years of his life, he was a regular featured guitarist at the George Familyís music, art, and wine venue, Pickerís Creek Winery in Lewisburg. He added over 50 guitar videos to his Facebook page, playing instrumentals flawlessly despite his failing health.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 3, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be conducted at London Funeral Home in Lewisburg Thursday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. with Clay Derryberry officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Springs. There will be a gathering and performances by musician-friends at Lifesong Family Church following the service on Thursday beginning at 12:30 p.m.