WILMINGTON — Clyde Stephen “Steve” Minor, 69, majestically flew away Friday, March 5, 2021. But before he soared, he made certain he would never be forgotten.
He was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, nephew, relative and friend who loved deeply and lived every second of his life with great enthusiasm and joy. He never left a room that there wasn’t laughter in his wake.
Steve was born Feb. 22, 1952, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Clyde Lawrence Minor and Helen Anderson Minor. He graduated from North Forsyth High School and Piedmont Aerospace Institute and always had a great love of all things winged. He served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a service engineer for Xerox Corporation for over 39 years. He was fortunate to retire early to enjoy many good years and new friends in Wilmington, where he was an active member of the Cape Fear Men’s Club. He met Sharon at Xerox, they married in 1979 and she became his “Mrs. M.”
He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence; brother, Mike; uncle, Jay; aunt, Virginia; and his loyal dogs, Misty, Mac and Meg.
In addition to his wife, Sharon, he is survived by his son, Brian Scott Tart, and daughter-in-law, Terri, of Harrisburg; granddaughter, Hannah Victoria Tart of Harrisburg; wonderful mother, Helen Minor of Stanleyville; sisters, Donna Minor of Winston-Salem and Sandy Minor Matthews, Greensboro; and an extended family of incredible in-laws, Pam and Robert Holding, Roy Ennis Jr., Kay Ennis, Kim and Jeff Lee; nieces and nephews; and loyal friends too numerous to name.
This message from Steve was a tribute to his family and friends who heaped love and kindness on him, “Except for the pain and dying, the past two years were the best of my life.”
Special thanks to Dr. Gwendolyn Fonebi, oncologist, Zimmer Cancer Center, NHRMC, Wilmington, and Dr. Clancy Jake Clark, surgeon, Wake Forest Medical Center, Winston-Salem. Your expertise and care extended his life, defying the odds. The Lower Cape Fear LifeCare staff provided loving, compassionate care during his lasts days, for which we will be forever grateful.
Steve had a brilliant mind and a lifelong love for learning. He loved all creatures, great and small, especially baby elephants. To honor his memory, donations may be made to: PBS-NC or Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Psalm 90:10…trouble and sorrow quickly pass, and then we fly away. Thank you, Steve, for teaching us how best to live and to die.
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