Michael Story, died on October 31st at Candler Hospital from complications of Coronavirus pneumonia. He was born on October 9th 1948 at Walter Reed Army Hospital and lived in Fairfax, Virginia throughout his childhood; he graduated from Fairfax High School in 1967 and that year, enrolled at Erskine College in Due West, SC. While in college he married the love of his life, Nona, and subsequently received his BA degree in Biology and Physical Education. For the next 6 years, coach Mike taught football, wrestling and track in South Carolina.
Nona and Mike moved to Bluffton SC in 1978. Mike coached football, and he established wrestling and tennis teams at McCracken High School, a foundation/legacy which has remained in all the current high schools. In 1983 he began his real estate career with the Developers of Hilton Head Plantation. With an absolute passion for helping others in building their dream home, Mike participated in several developments in the area, most recently, the Hampton Lake sales team, and the last 7 years selling for Logan Homes.
Mike and Nona have two children, Annemarie and Scott, and 6 grandchildren, Kenny, Christopher, Samson, Hannah, Maya, and Liv. Being an avid fisherman, Poppi, as he was known by his grandchildren, enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to fish. Mike loved the game of golf and delighted in playing, especially with his brothers-in-law, son and grandsons and thrived on the “little white ball” challenges. Mikee, a family name of affection, was a devoted Christian and a firm believer of faith. On the playful side he enjoyed bringing the spirit of Christmas to the neighborhoods in which he lived.
Mike had an uncanny skill in remembering trivia; and an amazing mind with vast storage and resources. Aside from “just the facts”, Mike had a Solomon-like wisdom of life! His ability to assimilate a person’s life events and then consolidate them into a meaningful thought was otherworldly. He so impressed people that, as a ceremonial official of the First Nation Church, he married many couples.
Another unique trait of Mikes was his dedication and devotion to the concept of freedom. From his formative years as an Eagle Scout and as a recipient of the Nathan Hale Award for his essay on “What Freedom Means to Me “, he cherished his country.
Mike is survived by his wife, of 54 years, Nona, as well as his family listed above. He is also survived by his mother, Beatrice Story, and his sister, Lelia Wirt.
In lieu of flowers, The Story family requests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and The Wounded Warriors Foundation in Mikes memory.
“Don’t go looking for the reasons;
Don’t go asking Jesus why;
we’re are not meant to know the answers;
they belong to the by and by. “
Information for a Celebration of Mikes Life will be announced at a later date.