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 16, 2022
    Justin Luttmer says:
    The kindness Michael showed my family and I will not be forgotten. My daughter still cherishes the stuffed animals she received from him. He was truly a good human being who left a positive mark on many people's lives.

  • March 07, 2022
    Steve Hughes says:
    Mike you were one of the best next-door neighbors we have ever had. You were the best of the best. A huge loss to the world and a wonderful addition to heaven. I will never forget you my friend. RIP.

  • March 08, 2022
    Tammy T Wardemann says:
    Mike, you were always willing to help any one you could and wanted the best for everyone. You were a true friend and great neighbor. We had a lot of great times. You will be missed by so many. Hope you and Chris meet up in Heaven. Until we meet again.