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LTC James Michael "Mike" Churchman, Jr.

Obituary for LTC James Michael "Mike" Churchman, Jr.

October 1, 1947 - March 10, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 71


LTC James Michael "Mike" Churchman, Jr. US Army (Ret.), age 71, of San Antonio, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019. After a 25 year military career, he continued his medical logistics career at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas and at UTMB in Galveston, Texas. Mike was the son of James M., Sr. and Elma "Doodle" Churchman and was preceded in death by his sister, Kitty Churchman Guillory. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gracie Churchman; children, Michael Churchman III and wife, Debbie, Dave Churchman and wife, Amy, Robert Churchman, and Amy Hinote and husband, Beaux; 11 grandchildren; siblings, Patti Carlin, Vicki Adams, Win Churchman, Lisa Sirman, Paul Churchman, and Clay Churchman, and numerous nieces and nephews.

As a young man, Mike achieved his Eagle Scout as well as his Wood Badge as an adult scout leader. In high school, Mike was a member of the two-time Louisiana State champion Colfax Tigers basketball team. Mike earned his Bachelor's of Science degree from Northwestern State University. He furthered his education by earning a Master's of Business Administration from Frostburg State University, a M.A. in Computer Resource Management from Webster University, and graduated with honors from Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. During his 25 year military career, he was awarded the following: Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (2 bronze stars), Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster 3x), Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster 4x), Army Occupation Medal, Armed Forced Reserved Medal. Mike's love of country knew no bounds.
As a community leader, Mike sacrificed his time while serving with the Knights of Columbus, as a Lay Minister for the Ill, the Parish Council President, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector. He also assisted in the Vietnam orphan's recovery program.

Mike enjoyed being in the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, photographer, sports fan and birdwatcher. He truly enjoyed watching Black Skimmers glide along the surface of Galveston Bay. As a travel enthusiast Mike was always ready for the next adventure, whether it was around the corner, over the next hill or beyond the horizon. At the end of the day, Mike could always be found with a bowl of ice cream, a slice of pie, or on his way to the nearest Dairy Queen. Most importantly, Mike was a loving husband, father, and brother, who lived his faith, loved with his heart, and lead with his spirit.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

7:00 PM

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019
10:00 AM

Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Parkinson's Foundation (

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