Obituary: Rev. Michael Hadley

Feb. 26, 1953 -- Dec. 19, 2005

Reverend Michael Hadley, 52, was born on February 26, 1953, to Reverend Theodis and the late Jannie M. Hadley at Illinois Research Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. He was the fourth of seven children born to this union. The family resided in Niles, Michigan. "Mike" accepted Christ at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Niles when he was 12 years of age. The family relocated to Elkhart, Indiana, in May 1966 when his father was called to pastor Canaan Baptist Church.

He attended Pierre Moran Middle School and graduated from Elkhart Central High School. He was an outstanding athlete, especially in football. On August 25, 1973, he united in holy matrimony to Sonia D. Barnes.

A need arose and he went to assist the late Elder Lester Barnes at the Macedonia COGIC. He was licensed and ordained by the bishop of the 1st Jurisdiction of Indiana Church of God in Christ. He faithfully served as associate minister and also interim pastor of Macedonia Church. Upon the death of Elder Barnes in 1989, he and his wife returned to Canaan where he assisted his father in ministerial duties of preaching, teaching, baptizing, serving communion and visiting the sick. He recently served as Director of Youth Ministries. Rev. Hadley attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He was vice moderator of the Northern District Association. Upon the retirement of his father in 2000, he served as interim pastor of Canaan Baptist Church.

Mike was a professional firefighter for 18 years with the Elkhart Fire Department, and was also a certified EMT (emergency medical technician), hemat team member and received specialized training in fire and water rescue. He served as chaplain for the fire department. Rev. Hadley received additional training in firefighting from Ivy Tech in Elkhart, the University of Michigan and other locations throughout the United States. In 1992, he retired. He served as a board member for Real Services, the Mayor's Committee, was a member of the Christian Businessmen, and the board for Habitat for Humanity. He was also a lifetime member of the NAACP. He was gifted and skilled in many areas and was a great help to many.

Mike was called from labor to rest and reward on Monday, December 19, 2005, at 7:40 p.m. in Elkhart General Hospital. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sonia; three sons, Corey of Durham, North Carolina, Chad (and his wife Deavin) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Celby of Elkhart; two grandchildren, Savon Michael and Staje Sonise; his father, Reverend Theodis Hadley Sr., and his stepmother, Mother LaVerne Hadley, Elkhart, Indiana; two brothers, Theodis Jr. (and his wife Lucille) of Silver Spring, Maryland, Isaac (and his wife LaVerne) of South Bend, Indiana; three sisters, Mrs. Jean (and her husband Warren) Bratton of Aurora, Illinois, Mrs. Burnita (and her husband Daryck) Barnett of Elkhart, Indiana, and Ms. Clara Hadley of Orlando, Florida; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Sharon (and her husband Ronald) Martin; two brothers-in-law, Lester Derek (and his wife Sherry) and Elder Juard Barnes, all of Elkhart; two stepbrothers, Craig Anderson of Chicago, Illinois, and Doug (and his wife Evette) Anderson of Durham, North Carolina; a stepsister, Lisa (and her husband Adarin) Hawkins, District Heights, Maryland; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many acquaintances and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jannie Hadley, and a brother, Elmo T. Hadley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2005, in Canaan Baptist Church where Reverend Theodis Hadley Sr. will officiate the services. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. The visitation will occur from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 27, 2005, in Canaan Baptist Church, with a service following the visitation at 7:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Alford's Mortuary, where bereavment messages may be sent to alfordsmortuary@comcast.net, attention Hadley family.