WILMINGTON — Michael Wayne “Mike” Lewis, 75, loving husband and father, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5 ,2019, after a long illness.
Mike was born Aug. 6, 1944, in Burlington to Amilia Brown Lewis and Dudley Clark Lewis. When he was an infant, he and his family relocated to Carolina Beach.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Loretta “Chuckie” Bancroft Lewis; daughter, Katie Lewis White, and her husband, Bub William White, of Rocky Point; and two precious grandchildren, Brooks Michael White and Emmi Rose Viola White. He also leaves behind his brother-in-law, Tommy Bancroft, and his wife, Carolyn; nephew, Cliff Bancroft, and his wife, Hannah; niece, Jenny Adams, and her husband, Austin, and their sons, Miles and Henry, all of Wilmington. Mike and Loretta’s little dog, Cooper, who brought him much strength and comfort throughout his illness, will miss Daddy.
Mike graduated from NHHS and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University. While attending NCSU, he married Loretta, and following graduation, he and Loretta moved to North Augusta, South Carolina, beginning his career with Dupont at Savannah River Plant in Aiken, South Carolina. After 18 months, he received a direct commission for the U.S. Army to serve his country as an officer to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Following his service, he returned to Savannah River Plant in Aiken. He served in many different areas of the plant throughout his career. He served as president of the North Augusta Lions Club for several terms and was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church. Mike and Loretta always cherished the friendships they formed during their 33 years in North Augusta. He retired from SRP and returned to his hometown of Wilmington in 2000.
In 2001, he began a new career with Container Products Corporation as Q.A. manager until his health forced him to retire in 2015. During his career at CPC, he was known for his dedication and cheerful nature. Mike served as president of Hanover Seaside Club at Wrightsville Beach, where Loretta is a lifetime member, and they, as a couple, were members for 47 years.
Mike and Loretta loved square dancing with their local club and other clubs throughout the Carolinas, he enjoyed fishing, camping, sports, and all activities that brought him to people. Mike and his brother-in-law Tommy attended the Masters Golf Tournament for over 40 years, which brought them much joy.
The family would like to extend a sincere amount of gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life and Care Center and to his dedicated friends and caregivers.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at dining room of Hanover Seaside Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mike Lewis to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.