Michael Lee Sisson

March 13, 1958
September 1, 2022
Charleston, WV

Michael Lee Sisson

Michael Lee Sisson, 64, of Charleston, WV, passed into eternity on Thursday, September 1, 2022, while at the Hubbard Hospice House.  He was predeceased by his parents, Stan and Roberta Sisson; his sister, Kelley; and his son, Jeffrey Sisson.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Amy, to whom he was utterly devoted; and by his sons, Jeremy (Tanya) of Lakewood Ranch, FL, and Brett (Jenny) of Myrtle Beach, SC, of whom he was enormously proud.  In addition, Mike is survived by his brother, Steve (Debbie) of Ripley, WV; grandchildren Mackenzie, Layla, Ellie Jo, Boots, and Caleb; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws; a host of beloved friends; and his faithful companion, Shadow.

Born on March 13, 1958, he spent his childhood in St. Albans, WV, where he began what would become lifelong friendships with classmates and neighbors.  A 1976 graduation of St. Albans High School, Mike attended Marshall University.  In 1980, he entered the WV State Police Academy and joined the St. Albans Police Department.  Later, he began an association with Union Carbide, working first as a security guard and then becoming a lab technician.  In 2012, Mike became a candidate for Kanawha County magistrate and was honored as the top vote-getter in the election.  He was re-elected in 2016 and held the position until his passing.  Mike served as an Elder and drama team leader at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Charleston.  He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the St. Albans Moose Lodge, and among his favorite pastimes were playing golf, playing poker—and playing good-natured pranks on unsuspecting friends and family.  Some of his favorite memories involved his bowling buddies from Venture Lanes.  Mike was an avid fan of the music of Johnny Cash, and his karaoke version of “A Boy Named Sue” remains unsurpassed.  He was also a charter member of The Greater Avian Society of the Kanawha Valley and Kenna.  Mike was a fiercely loyal friend, and he inspired such loyalty in return.

In 1991, Mike married his soulmate, Amy Booten, and the two embarked upon a thirty-one year love affair that featured constant adventures, including many cruises, tours of foreign countries, and various other hijinks and capers.  He treasured her.

A Service to honor Mike’s life will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday September 7, 2022 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Charleston, with Rev. Frank Ruffatto officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until service time at the church.

For those wishing to make a donation in Mike’s memory are asked to consider a contribution to HospiceCare at or to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association at

Mike’s family would like to thank the staffs of CAMC General ICU and of Hubbard Hospice House for the excellent care Mike received during the most recent phase of his illness; and the kind staff of Snodgrass Funeral Home, for their compassion and guidance during this difficult time.

Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting and selecting his obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.

12 replies
  1. Jon Snyder says:

    Amy, I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I was on Mike’s bowling team at Venture Lanes years ago and considered him a friend and a very nice person. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

    Jon Snyder

  2. Matt Call says:


    My thoughts/prayers are with you and the boys. Gosh, Mike was such a great friend and he will be missed. Many good times to remember.

    Matt Call

  3. Ron & Janet Raether says:

    Amy: We would like to offer our sincere condolences on Mike’s passing. I am sure you will find strengt

  4. Jaye Rose Dillard says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Mike. I had no idea he was sick. He was always so fun to be around. We shared many good times over the years laughing and sharing stories.
    May God give you peace, strength and comfort.
    Prayers for all of the family.
    Much love

  5. Mike Kelly says:

    I was honored to work with Magistrate Sisson. He always tried to help people and treated everyone with respect and dignity. He was a great public servant to the people of Kanawha County and was a model of professionalism for the entire State of West Virginia.

    My deepest sympathy to the family.

    Mike Kelly

  6. Julie Britton says:

    Magistrate Sisson was a wonderful person to work with and during my first very difficult case with him, he immediately gained my respect. Kanawha County is worse for his loss.

    To his family – I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

  7. Brenda & John Adams says:

    Amy & Boys, Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. we love you guys. Mike will be greatly missed. We will always be here for you

  8. Hudson & Paula Hamady says:

    Amy and Family,
    We are so very sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. We have enjoyed and appreciated getting to know you Amy over the years, and think your wonderful. Hudson also worked with Mike’s Dad in the beginning of his grocery career, and he also was a wonderful man. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Paula & Hudson

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  • Wednesday, September 7
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Funeral Service

  • Wednesday, September 7
  • 12:00 PM