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Michael J. Gore

August 10, 1939 — July 4, 2023

Paris, TN


Deacon Michael Joseph Gore found his eternal independence on July 4, 2023.  He passed peacefully at his home in Paris, TN, with family at the age of 83.  Deacon Gore was born on August 10, 1939, in Chicago, IL.  Mike was a passionate husband, father, teacher, coach, gardener, woodworker, debater, camper, creator, and servant to his faith.

Deacon Gore was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966 and worked as a machinist on the ships.  He was a skilled tool and die maker for over 40 years and worked at GTE in Chicago until he moved to Paris and then worked at several machine shops.  Mike and Carolyn were married on July 15, 1967, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in River Forest, IL, and began their family in Oak Park, IL.  In 1979, after camping at Piney Campground in Land Between the Lakes for many years, the family moved to Paris.

Deacon Gore was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.  He contributed to the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) Program for many years before he began his deaconate journey.  In March 2000, he was ordained as a Catholic deacon.  He served in this capacity until his retirement in 2017.  He and Carolyn led the marriage preparation program for the church and prepared many couples for sacramental marriage over the years.  He also was a devoted minister to the sick and shut-ins and visited many nursing homes.

In addition to his wife Carolyn, Deacon Gore is survived by four children, Catherine Herrera (Ron Watkins) of Nashville, TN, Jennifer (Jon) Walters of Naperville, IL, Michael (Susan) Gore of Clinton Township, MI, and Luke (Cheryl) Gore of Wichita, KS; and 18 grandchildren, Carolyn Herrera of Los Angeles, CA, Anthony Herrera and Austin Herrera of Nashville, TN, Cassandra Herrera of Franklin, TN, Calista Herrera of Nashville, TN, Jon Michael Walters and Andrew Walters of Naperville, IL, Megan Walters of Nashville, TN, Luke Walters, Sarah Walters, and Anthony Walters of Naperville, IL, Michael Gore, Evelyn Gore, David Gore, Josephine Gore, and Genevieve Gore of Clinton Township, MI, and Bartholomew Gore and Christine Gore of Wichita, KS; and one great-grandchild, Tennyson Williams of Franklin, TN.  He is also survived by four siblings, Ginger Smith of Orleans, MA, Barbara (Dan) Cook of Chicago, IL, Georgette (Chuck) Deveney of Navarre, FL, and Kip (Kathy) Pasta of Chicago, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George Gore and Lucille Pasta; his stepfather, Herman Pasta; and a brother, Gregory Gore.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242.  Visitation will be Thursday, July 6, from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the rosary beginning at 7:30 pm.  A funeral mass will be held Friday, July 7, 2023, at 12:00 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1210 East Wood Street, Paris, TN 38242, with Rev. Martin Orjianioke and Rev. Monsignor Victor Ciaramitaro officiating, 

He will be interned in the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads, TN.  A chapel-side commitment service with military honors will be held Monday, July 10, 2023, at 9:30 am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center, 211 N. Brewer Street, Paris, TN 38242 or to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to those friends including the amazing staff at HCMC Hospice who helped as this journey came to a close. 




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Service Schedule

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

5:00 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

Ridgeway Funeral Home

201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN 38242

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Friday, July 7, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Holy Cross Catholic Church

, Paris, TN 38242

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Monday, July 10, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

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