Michael Lee Flairty passed away on October 27, 2018. Born on January 23, 1955, Mike lived a full life and was surrounded by his family during his short illness. A 1973 graduate of Campbell County High School, Mike went on to Eastern Kentucky University to obtain an associate’s degree in Agricultural Mechanics. He graduated in 1975 and together with his brother Steve they were the first among their family to attain a college degree.
Mike married his high school sweetheart, Theresa Ann Flairty (Schnorr), on February 7, 1976. Counting their five year courtship before marriage, they spent a remarkable 47 years together. They made their first home in Prophetstown Illinois where Mike worked for the agricultural company Wyffels Hybrids. After nine years they moved back to Pendleton County where they raised their two boys Evan and Matthew and call it home to this day.
Together, Mike and Theresa owned and operated two successful trucking companies. Flairty Distributing, Inc., from 1985-2004 and Sunset Express, LLC, from 2010-2018. As a truck driver, Mike’s reputation and record were flawless. He drove millions of miles but never once caused an accident nor received a single speeding ticket. He prided himself on providing quality service and reliable delivery to his customers.
Mike stood out to those who knew him as a man of rare humility. He had an extraordinary gift to make people feel comfortable. His warmth and enthusiasm to get to know and talk to everyone he met was perhaps his defining characteristic--rivaled only by his indefatigable spirit of hard work and loyalty. He was fond of saying “If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right”. He lived that virtue every day as a faithful husband, father, grandfather, Christian, and truck driver.
He will be deeply missed by many, including his wife and best friend Theresa, his brother Steve, his two sons Evan and Matthew, his two daughters-in-law Kelly and Alexandra, his five grandsons (who called him “Poppop” and thought he was the best wrestler around) Jackson, Declan, Everett, Owen and Silas, his church family at Grassy Creek Christian Church and countless other friends and fellow truck drivers. He will be laid to rest at Butler Cemetery, next to his parents Eugene “Sonny” Flairty, and Alma Faye Flairty (Fryer). In lieu of flowers donation can be sent to the Miracle Playground C/O Carol Bowen, P.O. Box 88, Falmouth, KY 41040