Mike Arthur Terry was born in Albany, Georgia to Willie James Terry, Sr. and Nellie Bell Hicks-Terry on September 5, 1971. He entered into eternal rest on January 11, 2023.
At an early age, Mike joined the Wooden Grove Missionary Baptist Church. During his earlier years, he served on the Youth Usher Board. Throughout his life, Mike would continue to grow a personal relationship with the Lord, often seeking out Rev. Thomas Rivers (Tommie), his brother-n-law, for guidance, spiritual advice, and ongoing spiritual mentorship.
Mike received his formal education through the Lee County Public School System. It was during this time Mike's athletic abilities began to standout and stand apart from many of his peers. He played football and baseball for many community teams and ultimately became a star player for Lee County High School as a quarterback and a pitcher. Mike not only received his high school diploma, but he made lasting friendships, and he also went on to receive a scholarship in baseball from Albany State University for his pitching abilities. Mike completed three years of college before choosing to pursue other areas of interest. While at Albany State University, Mike met many people who became lifelong friends. This too, is where he met his loving wife of 25 years.
Growing up in a God-fearing, stable, two parent household, Mike always knew he would one day become a protector, a provider, and the head of his own household. He married his college sweetheart, Tamara McCree-Terry, on August 23, 1997. Together they would raise two beautiful children, Michael and Mykailyn Terry. During this time, Mike became a member of First Monumental Baptist Church, and he also became a member of The Free Masons, Pride of Albany 360 PHA. Mike would capitalize on his craftsmanship with tools and became a very successful industrial mechanic. At his time of death, he was sharing his talents as a full-time employee of Amazon.com Incorporated.
No matter the year. No matter the day. Mike was always faithful to the bay. As dedicated as Mike was to his family, he was just as dedicated to rooting for his favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers. Game Day wasn't complete until he was adorned in his game day gear with the television loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear. Even louder were his cheers, his pep talks, and his chastising of the players and coaches as if they could really hear him through the television. Mike was the king of "trash talking." He would intentionally seek out his opponents just to have someone to playfully taunt with throughout the games. To say Mike was a San Francisco 49er loyalist would be an understatement for the love he had for this team.
Mike leaves to cherish in him memory: his wife, Tamara McCree-Terry; one son, Michael Terry; one daughter, Mykailyn Terry; parents, Willie James Terry, Sr and Nellie Bell Hicks-Terry; six siblings, Tommie Terry (Clara); Dorothy Rivers (Pastor Thomas Rivers); Willie Terry Jr. (Sylvia); Dora Gary (Derrick); Mary Singleton (Kenneth), and Frank Waters (Gloria), nieces and nephews, Steven (Elizabeth), Tomecca, Tramaine, Bruce (Karmesha), Doria, Kenneth, Dontravious, Qwantrell, Quandranikia, Cortez, Dontavios: Aunts, Willie Kate, Charlene, Gloria, Marva, Annie, Sally, and Annie Mildred, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.