Condolence & Memory Journal

Enjoyed his stories and mentoring at Lockwood Greene. Always envied his engineering expertise.

Posted by Mike Gregory - Abingdon, VA   August 20, 2021

I asked mom for a pic. She found this one with nice captions. That's Mike and Pat sitting on the ground. My mom is Nancy. Her mom is Marian. Marian and James were first cousins. Very close group. And yes, they actually had a bear roast on occasion. my grandfather Cotton took the photo (Marian's husband not a cousin). Cotton was obsessed with genealogy and loved the Casey/Copeland family very much. My daughter is named Mary Copeland. Pat's daughter is named Casey.

Posted by Jon Morgan - Gaffney, SC - Family   August 06, 2021

Michael Snake Casey was a friend, mentor, Vietnam veteran, sailor, Clemson alum, engineer, dive bar owner, volunteer, writer, physicist, and humorist. He loved Clemson athletics and Wisconsin beer. He read academic journals at baseball games and swore at his computer a lot. He had this wonderful way of seeing (through coke bottle glasses) the light in people and the absurdity in their behavior. I bet Mark Twain would have wanted to have a drink with him, had the timing lined up.

Snake wrote equations and named them after people he loved. Over the years he quoted the poem Desiderata to remind some of us young, uncertain bartenders that we are all children of the universe.

He asked questions, listened, and remembered names and details. Sometimes he would stay at the bar until close and help employees clean up when really we probably would have gotten things done faster if he just chilled out.

Over the years I've told stories about my friend Snake in classes and at work and almost anywhere else after having a couple drinks I don't think people always believed me, but I was just so grateful to be part of his world. I don't really know how to accept a world without Snake in it, so I'll tell stories of him for the rest of my life.

Posted by Rachel Edwards - Greenville, SC - Friend   August 06, 2021

Michael Snake Casey was a friend, mentor, Vietnam veteran, sailor, Clemson alum, engineer, dive bar owner, volunteer, writer, physicist, and humorist. He loved Clemson athletics and Wisconsin beer. He read academic journals at baseball games and swore at his computer a lot. He had this wonderful way of seeing (through coke bottle glasses) the light in people and the absurdity in their behavior. I bet Mark Twain would have wanted to have a drink with him, had the timing lined up.

Snake wrote equations and named them after people he loved. Over the years he quoted the poem Desiderata to remind some of us young, uncertain bartenders that we are all children of the universe.

He asked questions, listened, and remembered names and details. Sometimes he would stay at the bar until close and help employees clean up when really we probably would have gotten things done faster if he just chilled out.

Over the years I've told stories about my friend Snake in classes and at work and almost anywhere else after having a couple drinks I don't think people always believed me, but I was just so grateful to be part of his world. I don't really know how to accept a world without Snake in it, so I'll tell stories of him for the rest of my life.

Posted by Rachel Edwards De Alba - Greenville, SC - Friend   August 06, 2021

RIP Mike "Snake" Casey, Thanks for the great memories at college and working in the Gameroom. You were a great boss and more importantly a fantastic person. I know you will be missed by the community and those who love you. May God bless you and your family.

Posted by Doug Oles - Greenville, SC   August 06, 2021

Pat, Buck and all: I know so well the sadness that all are experiencing. I find it so strange that just Monday night this week (Aug. 2) as I was falling asleep I started thinking about Mike and childhood experiences in Hogansville and Clemson. I experienced the exact same phenomenon the night before our grandmother's death, and the next day I learned of her passing. Aunt Jane and Uncle Casey picked me up at summer camp in Tocca, GA on their way to Hogansville.
I always struggle for words in such a time as this. I can reassure myself and you that God loves us, He always has, and He always will. Prayers for you today and always. Peace be with you.
Love, Brue

Posted by Brue Head - Gadsden, AL - Family   August 06, 2021

RIP Cousin Mike. For those of you reading, his father was my maternal grandmother's first cousin. Casey's and Copeland's. Most of us lived in Clinton. I went to Clemson (class of 1994) and James and Jane were kind to check in on me. I knew Mike from the downtown community of course and admired his intellect and his affinity for the underdog sports teams. My buddies and I started the rowing team. And it was great to have a family member that everybody knew and that had such a cool nickname and I thought it was a riot that most people didn't know his legal name. God Bless.

Posted by Jon Wayne Morgan - Gaffney, SC - Family   August 05, 2021

You could always count on a smile and good story from Snake - you will be missed.

Posted by George Suggs - Central, SC - Friend   August 05, 2021

I can't think of Clemson without thinking of Michael "Snake" Casey. Good times and a great guy.

Posted by Seth Nagy - Lenoir, NC - Friend   August 05, 2021

What a great man. He was always a friendly face to see around town and on campus. My condolences. He will be missed.

Posted by Dan Murphy - Chicago, IL - Friend   August 05, 2021

I will miss Snake. He was a good friend and genuinely interested in others. He impacted a lot of lives especially in Clemson. May God grant peace and comfort to his family and friends. RIP Snake!

Posted by Terry Long - Clemson - Friend   August 05, 2021