Michael John Olson

May 21, 2018

CHARLOTTE – Michael John Olson, 57, of Charlotte, NC passed away on May 21, 2018. Mike was born April 12, 1961 in Aurora, Illinois to Judith and Edmund Olson. Mike graduated from Illinois State in 1983 with a degree in Business Marketing.  Mike has been employed with Proctor and Gamble for over thirty years as a sales executive.

Mike will be remembered for his strong faith and service.  He always served with a humble heart and lived as an example for others.  He was a devoted husband to his wife, Carol. He loved her as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.  She was his best friend, confidant, and lover.  In addition to his wife, Carol, Mike leaves behind three children, Erik, Lauren and Miranda Olson by his first marriage and two, Wes Emery, his wife Chelsea of Woodstock, GA and James Emery of Blowing Rock, NC by his second marriage, and one granddaughter, Nealy. Mike is also survived by his parents and three sisters, Cathy Ahearn and husband, John, July Hixon and husband, Dave, and Susan Godfrey and husband, Tom.                        

A service to celebrate the life of Mike Olson will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 24th in The Net at Providence United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Memorials for What’s Next Ministry can be made to Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.    Please note "What’s Next Ministry" in the memo field.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com


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  • David Rouse

    Carol, I regret that we can't be with you today, but please know that you and your family have been and are in our prayers. You and Mike had something very special I could always see it in your eyes. That will never leave you.
    Know that God is with you through this. I saw this message today about Jesus and the disciples on the water during a storm. " He spoke to them and said, “Don’t be afraid” (Mark 6:50b, NIV) and He climbed into the boat with them." He’s saying the same thing to all of us as we face our issues, He’s climbing in to be right there with us and with His presence comes peace.
    David & Debbie Rouse

  • Amanda Thomas

    Words truly cannot describe the generous and loving heart of Mike! He poured his soul into service to others—-our homeless neighbors, underprivileged youth who need someone to believe in them, his church family who loves him dearly and his precious wife for whom his love was obvious in the way he outwardly (and inwardly) cherished her. He is so very missed! I know that he is joyfully and peacefully resting in the arms of Jesus??

  • Bettie Wilson

    Dear Carol, James, Wes and Chelsea,
    Your loss of Mike happened so suddenly and too soon. Though we only spent a brief time together, I thought he was a fine gentleman, friend and mentor. I was pleased that you had him to share life with. May God hold you close in this time of need. I send sympathy and love to each of you. Aunt Bettie

  • Susan Kechijian

    *A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. ~Maya Angelou

    I was so sorry to hear about Mike. I worked with Mike at Procter & Gamble before my retirement. I am thankful for those memories.
    My deepest sympathies for your entire family in the loss of Mike and his great soul. My hope and prayer is that comfort
    and peace may find you all in your days ahead. God bless you all.