Mike Garner

July 2, 1953 - April 6, 2021
Mike Garner


Michael Lee Garner 67, a lifetime resident of Wilmington died Tuesday afternoon April 6, 2021 in Pender County.

Mike was born in New Hanover County on July 2, 1953 the son of the late Billy and Louise Garner.

Mike was a devoted volunteer with the former Seagate Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as the assistance chief for many years. He along with fire chief Johnny Lockamy molded many young firefighters, to become professional firefighters and Paramedics. After the closing of Seagate Volunteer Fire Department and his his retirement from Dupont, Mike became a firefighter with the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department. He was nicknamed “Chiefie” by his many friends at Seagate, and at Wrightsville Beach Fire Department he was nicknamed “OG”

He survived by his wife of 32 years Betty Garner, brother Tracy Garner and wife Charlene; and sister Sherry Garner; step son Mark Crain and wife Jen. Nieces and nephews Geneva McNealey; Courtney Garner Benjamin; Gunnar Garner; Samantha McNealy, Eli Benjamin and Van Benjamin also survive. Step Grandchildren Jesse and Aubrey Crain.

Funeral Services will be conducted 11:00 Friday April 9, 2021 at Wrightsville Beach Fire Department.

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  • April 07, 2021
    Brian Grubb (Retired Fire Chief Davidson county) says:
    Chief May god bless you and your family during this time of sorrow.

  • April 07, 2021
    RON TWIGG lit a candle:
    Lit since April 7, 2021 at 4:15:54 AM


  • April 07, 2021
    Mike Peterson says:
    Mike (Chiefie) was one of the best people and Brother Firefighters I ever knew. I have known and worked with Mike in different volunteer & career departments for over 40 years. One of the very best in every sense. RIP BROTHER, YOU WILL BE MISSED! My prayers and condolences go out to his family , all of his friends, and Brothers & Sisters in the fire service.

  • April 11, 2021
    Jan Piner says:
    I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I was out of town and did not know about the service. I know Mike touched many lives in the Wilmington area. I so wish I could have been with you all. Mike, Sherry, and Tracy felt like family to me. Our family will always have a bond our parents made for us. Betty, my thoughts and prayers are for you now. Please know god has this now. Jan Bowen Piner