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Michael D. Belcher

March 1, 1962 ~ September 20, 2020 (age 58)




Dr. Michael Daniel Belcher, a long-time resident of Hancock County, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on September 20, 2020, after a hard fought battle with an unexpected illness.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Belcher; brother, Ricky Kinsler, sister, Debra Kay Kinsler; grandparents, Milum (Lillie) Kinsler and Laymon (Dora) Belcher.

Michael was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 1st, 1962. He moved to Tennessee at an early age and spent most of his life residing in the mountains of Hancock County. He has worked in education for the past 32 years serving as a classroom teacher, principal, administrator, and Director of Hancock County Schools. Better known to some as “Doc”, Michael earned his Doctoral Degree, and all degrees preceding, from East Tennessee State University. 

Dr. Belcher had a passion for family, education, and the outdoors. He was a loving husband, dedicated father, and cherished granddad. He loved being an educator and the highlight of his life was helping young minds develop. His wisdom and insight in the education field will be dearly missed. He was a true sportsman at heart and had a deep love for hunting and fishing. It can easily be said that whatever he was doing, he was doing it wholeheartedly.

Michael is survived by;

his mother; Ola Jean Belcher

his loving wife; Julie (Holdway) Belcher

his children; Michael Ryan (Marylynn) Belcher, Jonah (Natasha) Belcher, Keesha (Nathan) McFarland, and Seth Belcher

his grandchildren; Emma, Jackson, and Allie McFarland, Kaden and Lauren Belcher, and Connor Belcher

brother; Robert (Bobby) Kinsler

sister; Lillie Tate

a host of many other friends and family.


A visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23rd, from 4:00 to 9:00 P.M. at McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville, TN. The funeral service will be Thursday, September 24, at 2:00 P.M. Burial immediately following the service at Kinsler Cemetery on Panther Creek Road, Sneedville, TN.

Reverend Joe Davis will officiate

Special music will be provided by Chandra Greene, Timmy Collins, and O’Neil Greene.

Serving as pallbearers will be Troy Collins, Terry Ray Collingsworth, Bobby Kinsler, Greg Marion, Kenny Reed, and Scott Willis.


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McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville in charge of arrangements

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September 23, 2020

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

Funeral Service
September 24, 2020

2:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

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