Michael Wayne Lewis

August 6, 1944 - October 5, 2019
Michael Wayne Lewis

Michael Wayne Lewis, loving husband and father age 75, of Wilmington passed away October 5 ,2019 after a long illness.

Mike was born August 6, 1944 in Burlington, NC 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 Loretta Bancroft Lewis “Chuckie” of 55 years, daughter Katie Lewis White and her husband Bub William White of Rocky Point, his two precious grandchildren Brooks Michael White and Emmi Rose Viola White. He also leaves behind his bother-in-law Tommy Bancroft, wife Carolyn, nephew Cliff Bancroft, wife Hannah, niece Jenny Adams, 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 NC State University. While attending NCSU he married Loretta and following graduation he and Loretta moved to North Augusta, SC beginning his career with Dupont at Savannah River Plant in Aiken, SC.  After 18 months he received a direct commission for the US Army to serve his country as an officer to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md.  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 QA 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 Sunday October 20th at Hanover Seaside Club at 3pm in the dining room.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Mike Lewis to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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  • October 13, 2019
    Becca Beitel says:
    Dear Loretta, Katie and family, hoping warm and wonderful memories will bring you all peace in time. I always loved running into Mike at the club. He was such a sweet and loving dad to Katie. Sending you all much love.

  • October 14, 2019
    JOAN RUSSELL says:
    Steve and I grew up at Carolina Beach and knew Michael and his family well. Michael was always a kind and respected friend. He was loved and admired by all that knew him. Praying for his family and his friends. Michael will be missed. My family members were blessed kinowing the Lewis family (Michael. Linda, Jerry, and Ronnie) as we were growing up at the Beach.

  • November 04, 2019
    Jacqueline “Jackie” Reid says:
    Like Joan, Michael and his siblings were woven onto the fabric of my growing up years at Carolina Beach. His sister Linda was my dear friend We all played basketball in the church league all winter,, with Mike being a “star” on the Methodist team. He was the head “ hoopa” (. Can't remember what he was called) of the Island Sea Scouts and I was fortunate enough to have him “crown” me Queen of the Sea Scouts. Don’t forget also Mike drove a school bus for a few years. Eloise and I were lucky enough to ride with him . Mike was kind, considerate, compassionate, and “kool”; especially to those of us a bit younger than he. He was liked and admired by our whole community of “beach kids”. Loretta, I am sure u r devastated and inconsolable at loosing ur life partner. I hope u can find some comfort in knowing how much his life meant to all of is. And how we all admired your relationship. May God bless u and your family. I will always remember dear Mike. Jackie