Michael Lee Younkins

September 11, 1952 - February 5, 2022
Michael Lee Younkins

Michael Lee Younkins, 69, of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCareCenter of Wilmington.

Michael was born on September 11, 1952 in Harrisonburg, VA to Catherine P. and Earl M. Younkins. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, John P. Younkins.

Michael (or Mike to many) spent years in the grocery business, owning a supermarket in Timberville, VA and later an Exxon convenience store in Penn Laird, VA. He later moved to Charlottesville, VA where he was employed by the University of Virginia as a medical research assistant. In 2001 he moved to Wilmington, NC where he was employed by Coastal Horizons Center in clinical research until his retirement in 2017.

Michael is survived by his nephew, Christopher B. Younkins, (Tammy) of Norfolk, VA; a great nephew, Sean Thomas Younkins of Norfolk, VA; Patricia B. Younkins, sister in-law of Richmond, VA; two special cousins Linda P. Shaver (Bud) of Kure Beach, NC; Rebecca P. Copenhaver (Danny) of Wilmington, NC; and two very special friends, Carole Schuler and James Ayers (Jennifer), both of Wilmington, NC, along with several cousins who live in the Wilmington area and out of state.

Michael will be remembered for his generous and kind spirit, along with his wry sense of humor. He lived a simple life and used his gifts to provide for those in need. In the spirit of Michael’s wishes and in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the charity of your choice.

A memorial service is planned for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.

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  • February 08, 2022
    Tom and Fran Warren says:
    We’ve known Michael since Tom and he were both in the grocery business and especially appreciated his wry sense of humor. Rest in peace. You will be missed.

  • February 09, 2022
    Patricia Younkins says:
    Michael was the best brother-in-law that I could ever have asked for. He was motivated, hard working, generous, humorous, and humble.. I shall miss his telephone calls when we would discuss world happenings. If you were a friend of his, you could count on his loyalty. He was undoubtedly one of the finest men I have ever known. May you rest in peace, Michael.

  • February 09, 2022
    Wes Robbins says:
    Leesa and I are shocked and saddened to learn of Michael's passing. He and I had served on the Linksider HOA for years and he was the best. He and I had formed a real friendship out of that service to the community and we picked at each other all the time. He usually gave as good as I would send and we enjoyed lot's of laughs. I enjoyed his calls and company (with a glass of tea) each time and I will miss that. A good man indeed! Our condolences to the family.

  • February 10, 2022
    Sarah Jane Efird says:
    So very sorry on the loss of Michael, he was a beautiful sole, sweet guy and a funny jokester. Mom and I really enjoyed ushering with him thru the years...He will be missed.

  • February 12, 2022
    Carol Young says:
    During my first few days of work at Coastal Horizons, Michael stopped by the nurses office and said “I see that we have hired another broken down old nurse”. I of course challenged that comment with another less inflammatory remark back to him. We became fast friends over the next 10 or so years at Coastal Horizons. He was kind, honest, and always found time for his friends, he also enjoyed his plants, shopping with coupons to get the best deal and he was a pretty darn good cook. Rest In Peace Michael.