In Memoriam: Michel James Stokes 2002-2009

It was a tragic weekend for members of Cub Scout Pack 226 or Leavittsburg, Ohio. On Saturday night, Cub Scout Michael James Stokes, age 6, drowned while attending a Cub Scout backyard pool party with his mother and approximately 20 other individuals.

According to Warren Township Police, Michael had been in and out of the pool wearing floaties on his arms. Shortly before being found, he had told his mom he was done swimming, and was believed to be changing.

According to reports, Michael was originally breathing after being rescued from the bottom of the pool, however stopped before the ambulance arrived. Michael was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

The Trumbull County coroner’s office ruled the cause of death as an accidental drowning.

A full obituary appeared in papers on August 25, 2009:

WARREN – Mikey James Stokes, 6, entered into the angels’ arms at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009.

Mikey was born the loving son of Mitch and Kristy Brooks Stokes Dec. 24, 2002, in Montgomery, Ohio. He was of the Christian faith and was a member of Cub Scouts Pack 226 of Leavittsburg. He had a great passion for Sprint cars and late models, attending many races at Sharon Speedway and Raceway 7. He also enjoyed model trains, trucks and tractors and playing with his many friends.

Cherished memories will be forever remembered by his loving family, parents, Mitch and Kristy Stokes; brothers, LeeRoy and Cody, both at home; maternal grandparent, Janet Brooks of Cincinnati; paternal grandparents, Jim and Judy Stokes of Groveport, Ohio and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mikey was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roy Brooks; great-maternal grandparents, George and Margaret Cummings and Herbert and Anna Brooks; and great-paternal grandparents, Roger and Vesper Higgins and Jim and Jean Stokes.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, Warren, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Jon D. Pratt and Dan Laurenzi. Burial will be in Groveport Cemetery.

Material contributions may take the form of tributes to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, c/o 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road N.E., Warren, Ohio 44483. (330) 394-6200.

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