He was born in San Jose, CA May 13, 1977 and grew up in Danville, CA. He graduated from Parkersburg High School with the class of 1995 and attended West Virginia University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Master Degree in Secondary Education.
He is survived by his parents, David and Sara of North Hills, a brother John (Kathy) of Charleston, a much loved aunt and uncle Max and Margaret Cowdery of Belpre and several cousins including Bruce Cowdery (Missy) of Belpre, Jay Cowdery (Jody) of Fountain Inn, SC, David Cowdery of Birmingham, AL, Briana Sams of Belpre, Scott Sams of Belpre, Nicholas Sams of Parkersburg, Eric Leach of Parkersburg and special friends Steve Davis and the Hollar Family of Morgantown.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Willie and Edith Little of Parkersburg, his maternal grandparents Frank M. and Anna C. Leach also of Parkersburg and aunt Susanne Sams of Belpre.
Michael taught eighth and ninth grade English at Edison Junior High School and at the time of his death was employed as an adjunct instructor in English at West Virginia University Parkersburg.
Michael was a compassionate and loving person with a razor sharp and lively sense of humor. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
The funeral service will be at 1:00 pm Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon - 1 on Saturday prior to the service.
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