Michael Dixon Stophel Sr., 74, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, March 1, 2022. He was the son of the late C.C. and Sarah Lucy Stophel of Whiteville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Lynn Williamson Stophel.
Michael was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Whiteville. He worked for the N.C. DMV for 30 years, was an auxiliary police officer with Wrightsville Beach, Sheriff’s Deputy with Pender and New Hanover counties, as well as a member of the Whiteville Rescue Squad and Ogden Rescue Squad. He loved John Wayne movies, reloading and fishing, until his shoulder surgery. He loved spending time with his sons, when he could, and especially loved retirement after Lynn retired. They enjoyed going to the mountains and seeing the colors change from summer to fall. He loved his Lord, his church families, Roscoe (Brent and Chandi’s boxer), Carolina Tar Heels (Blue Bellies as he liked to call them) and his grandkids.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Whiteville. McKenzie Mortuary, 112 Jefferson St., Whiteville, is serving the Stophel family.
Survivors include, two brothers, Charles (Barbara) of Surf City, Philip (Faye) of Wilmington, one sister, Cathy of Wilmington; two sons, Michael (Lisa) of Rocky Point and Brent (Chandi) of Burgaw; four grandchildren, MacKenzie, Tyler, Dara and Ronan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 307 S. Franklin St., Whiteville, N.C. 28472 or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare of Wilmington, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, N.C. 28401.