Michael "Mike" Robert Raiford

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“So sorry Mike has passed, he was a very kind man to everyone he met, I don't know of anyone else I can say that about these days! He has been my...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Tim Murry - Ponchatoula, LA

“Mr Mike was such a blessing to everyone he would meet. I am so sorry for his family.He will truly be missed. I will be praying for all of ya"ll. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Patty Benton - Tickfaw, LA

“Esther, Mike and I would like to offer our deepest condolences on Mike's passing. He was always such a sweet man! We will add his soul to our daily...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Mike & Trudy Henderson - LA

“Mrs. Esther, Jason, Jeff, and Justin - I am so sorry for your loss. Some of my best memories of summertime were spent around all of you. Mr. Mike...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Candace Joiner Ostendorf - LA

“Mr. Raiford was a truly good and kind man, he will deeply missed, my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Regina Tate - Houston, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and all of the Raiford family. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Robert Stanga - Penhook, VA

“Eva, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and our love are there with you thru the sad time. Love, ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Don and Mary Slater - Diamondhead, MS

“Condolences to the Raiford family, I count Mike a true friend,he really helped me when I first started driving a school bus, I don't think I would...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Al O'Connor - Ponchatoula, LA

“Rest In Peace Mr. Mike. Our condolences to all of the Raiford family. He will be missed. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer Sevin - Covington, LA

“Esther, I am so sorry. Mike was a great and gentle man. I will pray for you and your family. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Dianne Muller - Covington, LA

“So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Wendy Dragg - Ponchatoula, LA

Michael "Mike" Robert Raiford, age 70, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2020 at home with his family by his side. He was born on Friday, January 6, 1950, in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, to Alonzo Raiford and Frances Verneuil Raiford. Mike enjoyed life and loved camping, farming, woodworking, tractors (especially riding his Kubota), playing cards, and coaching kids in all sports, but he especially loved spending time with his family.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Esther Schilling Raiford, his sons, Jason Raiford and his wife Tiffany, Jeffrey Raiford and his wife Holly and Justin Raiford and his wife Amy, his grandchildren, Taylor, Jake, Ryan, Kamryn, Gabi, Katie, Lauryn, Jaise, Mya and Bexley Kole, also numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and close friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo Raiford and Frances Verneuil Raiford, his brother, Joseph Raiford, father in law, Frederic Schilling and his mother in law, Marie Schilling.

A Visitation for Mike will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and continue on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Ponchatoula. A Funeral Mass Celebrating Mike's Life will follow visitation at 11:00 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponchatoula. Interment will follow at Frederic Schilling Family Cemetery in Ponchatoula.

Face masks are now mandatory to attend any visitation or service at the funeral home. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mike's guest book can be viewed on www.harrymckneely.com.