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MICHAEL “MIKE” KARL CRESS

Michael “Mike” Karl Cress, 49, of Rincon, Georgia and husband of Aimee Swing Cress, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, July 13, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Alton, Illinois, on January 24, 1971, he was a son of Rex Karl Cress and Sharon Kay Patton Cress. Mike attended schools in Alton and moved to St. Simons Island for his freshman year at Glynn Academy in Brunswick. He graduated from Glynn Academy in the summer of 1989 and was in the National Honor Society all of his High School years. Mike attended Georgia Southern University for 2 years and earned his BS degree from Armstrong State in Savannah in 1994.

Mike was a devout Christian and an active member and a volunteer at Compassion Christian Church in Rincon. He owned and operated Turf Tamers. Mike loved all sports: especially Atlanta Braves baseball and the Pittsburg Steelers. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and hunting. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, son-in-law, uncle, and a friend to many wonderful people.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Opal Patton and Bill and Lucille Cress, and an uncle, Bill Cress.

Survivors include his wife, Aimee Swing Cress of Rincon; his mother and father, Rex Karl Cress and Sharon Kay Patton Cress of Pooler; his mother-in-law, Mary Howard of Rincon; his sister, Amy Hartley (Bryan) of Pooler; his brother, Todd Cress (Amy) of Godfrey, Illinois; nephews, Clint Cress of Godfrey and Caden and Conner Hartley, both of Pooler; niece, Carly Cress of Godfrey; his aunts, Aleta Cress, Martha Stuker, Doris Cress and Sue Patton; uncles, Larry Stuker and Harold Patton, and cousins.

With concern for the safety and health of our family and friends, a private memorial service will be held in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the GoFundMe account which has been set up in Mike’s name.

Online Condolences

  1. Steve Todd says:

    I’m sure the entrance at the Pearly Gates has already been beautifully manicured & Mike is settling in as the new “Turf Tamer” of heaven. I will miss your gentle spirit & contagious smile. Praying for Peace for Aimee & the family.

  2. Ken Lee says:

    Aimee, Sharon and Rex, I am so sorry about your loss. I know that Mike will be missed by many. Please know that Georgia and I are praying for God for God’s comfort for your family during this time.

  3. Avi Patel & Family says:

    My family’s relationship with Mr. Mike spanned over 20 years. Throughout those 20 years, what started as a professional relationship, slowly blossomed into a long lasting friendship. That friendship came in large part due to Mr. Mike’s warm and courteous personality that instantly made you feel comfortable with him. What ever it was you needed, you knew Mr. Mike would always be the one for the job and he would always greet it with that bright smile he always carried. There were few men who worked as hard as Mr. Mike, and even fewer who were as reliable. Whether it be a cold January morning or a brutally hot August afternoon, you could expect to hear the hum Mr. Mike’s lawnmower. Mr. Mike was committed to the job and he was committed to his clients–he made us feel like family and he certainly was family to us. And that’s how we will keep Mr. Mike in our memories; as the man who always asked how we were doing, and always with that bright smile.

  4. Rebecca Hummel says:

    Aimee, Sharon, Rex, Amy, Todd & families,
    My heart just broke when I heard the news last night. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart. I am praying for peace & comfort for you all. Love you all.

  5. Roy and Alvernia Jackson says:

    Mike’s passing is certainly a shock to us. He was just at our home on last week Thursday. His smile was.contagious and he always wanted to know how you are doing.

    To his family, especially his wife whom he often spoke of, we are so sorry for your loss. We are so grateful to you for sharing Mike with us. We will lift you in prayer that God comfort you and give you peace to ease the loss of one who meant so very much to you and to many of us.

  6. ChuckHendrix says:

    I have such fond memories of days spent working, fishing and laughing with Mike. Though the miles and schedules kept us from seeing each other as often as we liked, we stayed in touch and I always considered him a dear friend. My deepest sympathies are with the entire Cress family. Mike was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed.

  7. GORDON LYNN BURCH says:

    My heart felt condolences to all of Mikes family. Although I didn’t have a personal relationship with him I did with his parents and sister Aimee. I cannot even imagine the shock you are feeling and the grieve you experiencing. I am confident that the faith the family has in God will help sustain you through this very difficult time.

  8. Melissa Stille says:

    Aimee-my heart hurt for you when I read about Mike passing. I only met him once but he was very kind to me when we spoke. I send you hugs during this time and the days to come. Your loved ones that have gone before him are rejoicing to see him again. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

  9. Wally Snow says:

    Me & Mike went to school at G.A. And was a good friend of mine .The island klan ,Kirby (Andy), Pelley, Eddie, and Cress. I send my prayers to you and family. He always had that smile on him, Cress will get see Kirby & that would be a nice thing to see them getting together once more. God bless Cress and Family

  10. Bobby Sauers says:

    Dear Sharon and Rex,
    I’m Heart Broken that words can’t comprehend.
    He was such a sweet and caring person.
    The whole family has my deepest condolences at this very difficult time. I love all you so much please let me know if I can help in any way.
    I’m here for y’all.

    Bobby

  11. Lynn Brand says:

    My husband Ron and I met Mike and Aimee serving through Compassion Christian Church. We became such good friends. I am such that when Mike arrived at Heaven’s gates Ron was there to welcome him home. Mike’s contagious smile was the first thing I think of when I someone asks about him. He was a wonderful friend who loved his wife and he loved his God. I will truly miss him. I will always be here for you sweet Aimee. My love and my prayers go out to you and to all of the family.

  12. Todd Cress says:

    My dear brother, Oh how your selflessness and putting others first will be missed.
    Also the times we had together telling stories-The way you would be able to impersonate and make others relate as if they were there.
    The golf trips especially to Scotland and Ireland, man did we have fun watching Howard interact with his caddie and just being able to play all of those British Open courses was a true pleasure to experience them with you and dad.
    I was fun to see you help teach Clint how to fish.
    Being able to come and watch Clint play baseball and enjoy eating ice cream with Carly.
    Your low water boils were the best!
    You will be truly missed brother! May you Rest In Peace until we join you! Love you

  13. Pamela Hoffstetter says:

    Dear Aimee,
    I was shocked to see this sad news. I am so sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed seeing your FB pictures of the two of you enjoying life….especially your wedding pictures. May your memories give you comfort during this time.

  14. Anisa Grantham says:

    Aimee and Family… I pray Gods Grace will bring you all
    comfort. May you be warmed by the beautiful
    memories you share. My heart hurts for you. My love
    and prayers for you and all who loved Mike.

  15. Dino Oliver says:

    Aimee
    I’am so sorry for your loss, Mike was one of the first people I met at Compassion when I started running sound there, he and I had many conversations and most of them were about music and when he found out I worked with Lynyrd Skynyrd that’s all he wanted to talk about lol, so happy you guys got to see them not too long ago.
    He will be missed.
    Praying for comfort and understanding
    Dino

  16. Mike Philpot says:

    Mike was such a good hearted southern gentleman. His smile was infectious. Aimee … you are the sister I never had which makes Mike the brother I never had. I’m so glad I was able to meet Mike on more than one occasion and his charming personality never dissapointed. I love you Aimee and my prayers are with you now and forever.

  17. Gordon and Carolyn Ziegler says:

    Rex, Sharon, and beautiful family,, We’ve known you since Rex and Gordon were National Guard Army buddies and our kids were just so little. It’s hard to imagine that Mike has made his journey to heaven first. Our hearts are broken and can’t comprehend all that your family must be going through. We pray for God’s peace and comfort to be a blessing for you and for God’s love to envelop you. Words cannot express our sorrow, but please know that we love and care for you all. Carolyn and Gordon Ziegler

  18. Debbie Davis says:

    Aimee I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Mike and Lind Cooney says:

    I have no words to say how sorry I am Aimee, we considered you both family. Mike was a great guy in every way. We will miss him.

  20. Keith and Carolyn Miner says:

    Rex and Sharon What a shock when I read this late last night as it seemed to take my breath away. Knowing you since our friendship as we served together in our Guard days and our family get togethers. May our living God encircle you in his arms and comfort you, Todd and Aimee. We love you both.

  21. Glenda Philpot says:

    Aimee, I am so sorry for your loss. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Rick & Shellie Terrell says:

    Dear Rex and Sharon,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We wish you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain. Mike will remain in our hearts forever.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Rick and Shellie

  23. Bill Dailey says:

    My friend Rex . I’m so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Although I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Mike, I could tell by the comments I read that he was a very loved and respected guy. Please be assured that you and your wife will be in my thoughts and prayers

  24. Susan Mulvaney says:

    I did not have the privilege of meeting Michael, but know he was blessed to have wonderful parents Sharon & Rex. Everyone I talked with said that Michael was a hard worker who took pride in his job. He will be miss by all that knew him. Thoughts & prayers for the family. God Bless…

  25. Dee West says:

    Aimee,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mike. Life is so hard sometimes and we just have to get up each day and try to remember the better times. It isn’t easy.i will hold you in my prayers. Love you honey.

  26. Dawn Dorsey says:

    Aimee, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you love your family, and I can’t imagine the loss you must be feeling . I pray for the peace that passes ALL understanding to fill you now. I pray for sweet memories to sustain you. I pray you find comfort in friends and family.

  27. Pete Chaison says:

    Barb and I are both saddened as we express our love and prayers for all the Cress family. I always enjoyed running into Mike and our insightful conversations. He is a treasure and may he rest in peace.

  28. Valerie Ray says:

    Aimee, I know your unselfish heart is glad he is in Heaven. However, I know you had a deep love for him and you are now feeling lost and empty. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace in the days to come.

  29. Fran Todd says:

    Mike was such a sweet and gentle soul, always ready to help anyone in need. He will truly be missed by those of us who had the honor of knowing him.
    Praying for you and your family, Aimee. He loved you so much…and do we.

  30. Rex and Sharon Cress says:

    DEAR customers, friends, and family of MIKE CRESS,
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CARDS, PHONE CALLS, KIND WORDS AND GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GO FUND ME FOR OUR DAUGHTER-IN LAW, AIMEE.
    WE WILL CERTAINLY MISS OUR MIKE. HE WAS A FANTASTIC SON AND DID SO MUCH FOR US.
    WE LOVE YOU ALL!
    THE CRESS FAMILY

  31. Judy Clark says:

    Sharon, Rex and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Judy Clark

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