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Michael Rayner Rider

February 27, 1948 ~ October 17, 2020 (age 72)

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Michael Rider of Wynne passed away Saturday, October 17th at home with his family by his side at the age of 72. He was born February 27, 1948 in Memphis, TN to Andrew William and Sarah Laverne “Acuff” Rider.

Mike had an amazing spirit and was always happy right up to the end. He was an extremely talented pianist, playing at several venues in Memphis, Atlanta, and Chicago where he met and entertained many celebrities.  In the last few years Mike would go weekly to River Ridge Nursing Home to play the piano for the residents in hope to lift their spirits. His home church was Greater Harvest COGIC in Memphis. After moving to Wynne, he attended Wynne Assembly Church of God when he was able. Mr. Rider enjoyed working in his garden, telling jokes, and playing dominos and arrow head hunting.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents: Andrew and Sarah Rider, and 3 brothers: William Clifford, Jerry, and James Rider.

Mr. Rider is survived by Sister: Kay Grantham of Wynne, nephew & caregiver: Trey Key & wife Heather of Wynne, Nephew: Jimmy Key, Jr. and wife Stephanie of Foley, Al, Niece: April Key Godfrey of Charlotte, NC, great nephews: Kris Key of Foley, AL, and Jimmy Key IV, his dogs: Angel & Tiffany, and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will be no services for Mr. Rider at this time.

Cross County Funeral Service & Crematory was honored to assist the Rider family with arrangements.

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