Mitchell M. McEntire died on June 26, 2020 with his family by his side. He leaves behind a wife of 55 years, Ann, a daughter Michelle, and her husband Kurt Wilder. Though he had one child, his dear nephew Scott Page was like a son to him. Also surviving him are five brothers, Arnold, Jerrill, Merrill, John (Karen), Tim (Carol) McEntire; two sisters, Joyce (George) Ellis, and Eileen (Ken) Page; sister-in-law Shirley McEntire, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, Ruth and Theodore McEntire and his brother Carroll McEntire. Many thanks go to CarePartners Hospice McDowell for their assistance and care that allowed Mitchell to live his last days on the farm that was his home.
Born in Old Fort, North Carolina, on February 7, 1945, he graduated from Old Fort High School in 1963 and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and law school, graduating in 1967 and 1970, respectively. Mitchell and Ann then settled in Graham, NC, where he established his law practice. For the last twenty-five years, he and Tony DiLello practiced law together, forming McEntire & DiLello. The family thanks the whole DiLello family, but Tony and Carol in particular, for being such devoted and wonderful friends and colleagues to Mitchell.
He was from a big family, but he had an even bigger family of friends. A charismatic lover of life and people, he made friends wherever he went. Those who knew him loved him, and a friend he made would be his friend for life. From fishing on the Outer Banks, to hunting in Texas, to exploring Alaska, he loved the adventures he had in this world.
Mitchell was a member of the North Carolina State Bar for 50 years, never intending to become a local legend, but doing so through his heartfelt and zealous advocacy for his clients. As has been told to his daughter by so many people across the state, he was a never-ending source of funny stories, jokes, and even songs that entertained both juries and colleagues for many years. He also loved his community and was a member of the Masonic Lodge Bula 409, the Burlington Shrine Club - Amran Shriners, and the Alamance Wildlife Club.
A celebration of life that will be too small to honor the huge and beautiful life that he lived will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion, NC with his dear friends Benny Bryant, Octavis White, and Tony DiLello speaking. The family asks you to consider donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society at 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615 or the Shriners Hospitals for Children at 950 W Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605.
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