John Carmichael Healy

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 2, 2020

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NATCHEZ — John Carmichael “Michael” Healy was last seen on July 3, 2019, swimming near the Oregon Inlet of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and is presumed to be lost at sea.

In 1959, Michael was born to George “Bunky” Healy, III and Abigail Jenkins Healy in New Orleans. In 1968, Michael moved to Natchez, Mississippi, where he attended Trinity Episcopal Day School, lettering in various sports and graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 1977. Four years later, Michael graduated from Vanderbilt University and returned to New Orleans eventually starting a family with his then wife, Rebecca, and moving to North Carolina.

Michael was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and attained a Master of Social Work degree from UNC Chapel Hill. He worked as a child and family therapist for 15 years, eventually starting his own practice. He gave himself to the mission of improving the lives of others through listening, caring and empathizing.

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Michael loved to travel, experience new things, and meet new people. He was kind, funny, and befriended people from all walks of life. His egalitarian nature allowed him to join in and contribute to the lives of those he met without hesitation.

He is much loved and deeply missed by his sons: John (Jennifer) and Orion (Alexis), siblings: George (Rosi), Floyd (Wendy), Dunbar (Liz) and Mary Margaret (Joe); extended family and many friends.

A memorial for Michael will take place in Natchez, Mississippi once community health conditions improve enough.

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