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Michael William ‘Mike’ Thornton, 66, co-owner of Country Music USA for 37 years

Michael William ‘Mike’ Thornton

SURF CITY — Michael William ‘Mike’ Thornton 66, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

He was born July 18, 1953, in Havelock to the late William E. Thornton and Leverna Keen Thornton.

Mike was co-owner of Country Music USA (formerly on Oleander Drive) for over 37 years and co-owner of B&M Auto Sales, Wilmington.

In his spare time, he enjoyed deep-sea fishing; living on the canal at Surf City, where he could watch the boats go by; and the quiet companionship of his loyal pets, Sarah, Fergie and Sammy the cat. He was known to a bit of a “pool shark” and was also considered to be quite “the ladies man.”

Mike is survived by his son, Michael William Thornton II; grandson, Jacob; sister, Karen Thornton; granddaughter, Katherine Thornton; brother, Mark Thornton; and nephew, Thadd Thornton.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel with Dr. Steve Spangler officiating. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens. His family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m, Thursday, prior to services at the funeral home.

Mike loved animals, so please, in lieu of flowers, consider a donation in his name to the New Hanover County Humane Society, 2405 North 23rd St., Wilmington, NC 28405.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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