Michael Joseph Lightle (August 26, 2005 – October 8, 2011)

Michael Joseph Lightle went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 6, 2011. He was six years old. He joined this world with his twin brother Joshua on August 26, 2005. Though his visit in this world was brief, he gathered enough love for a lifetime.
Michael saw life in simple, direct terms:
“Tickles are good, and I can’t get enough of them.”
“It’s pointless to create funny names for my stuffed animals when I can just call them Reindeer and Wolf.”
He was unambiguous and single-minded sometimes. He never mixed messages, about what he wanted or about his intense love for those he knew. His untamable tenacity would have driven him to do great things in this world. The fire of his will was strong enough to bend any circumstance. Great things would have been done by his hand. This community is the less today, but this world is the less tomorrow.
So many family and friends shared the joy of knowing and loving him. His older brother Samuel guarded him like a treasure and taught him how to turn a wrench and build a club house. His twin brother, Joshua, shared a world of imagination and pretend with him that none of us will ever experience. He was with Michael from birth and no better partners in life could there be.
His parents, Shane and Terri Lightle of Zanesville, loved reading with him and listening to his angelic singing. Terri marveled at his preternatural understanding of music. Shane cherished coaching the strong boy on the wrestling mat.
His grandparents, Mike and Debbie Antle of Heath, romped with Michael on their oversized foot stool and introduced them to the magic of animated movies.
His grandparents, Tony and Connie Lightle of Villa Grove, Illinois, showed Michael how to catch a cat fish and showed him the bright lights of New York City.
His loving babysitter, Miss Jean, great-grandmothers and great-grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and church family keep many shining jewels of precious experiences with Michael. He will be missed.
Calling hours will be from 10:30 to 12pm Thursday, October 13, 2011 at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 545 Richey Rd.
Funeral service will follow immediately at 12pm at the same location. There will be no graveside service.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Deacons’ Benevolence Fund, Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 545 Richey Rd., Zanesville, OH, 43701.
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