To know Mike, you would know he had an adoring fan base of not friends, but family. He had the ability to bring laughter at every turn. One thing for certain, you could always count on him for his endless supply of wit, charm, shenanigans, as well as his love for baring his “assets” to the world. Which has provided us all with many hours of endless entertainment.
His cooking abilities are rival to none and his selective taste in music was impeccable! Mike was always up for anything that would wreck havoc in our lives. His artistic abilities, while incredible, some were, well….., left you wondering where his mind was while he helped decorate for parties.
Mike would be the first one to tell you that his crowning achievements are his beautiful children, Christopher Lee Prentice, Haylee Irene Mai, Makayla Anne Mai,David Michael Mai, his absolutely most adorable canine partner Ashley Mai, last but certainly not least, his best friend and the mother of his children, Erica Lee Pauley, because without her, he would not have his greatest treasures.
Mike was brought into this world by his parents Irene Mae Franklinfield & George (Buster) Roberts, Allentown, PA, who along with two of his brothers, Dean and Timothy Mai, his sister in law Mary Mai, and loving nephew Michael Browne, who were all waiting to greet Mike to his Heavenly Home.
Upon his parting, along with his children, their mother Erica Pauley, Copelen Taylor, of Rieglewood, NC, William, Deborah Buck, Brian Buck. Jessica, Shannon, Devin, and Courtney Hester, of Leland, NC, Earl and Carolyn Flowers, Leland, NC, his sister Tina Acker, Shamokin, PA), brother Mark Mai of Puerto Rico, God Daughters Kachina & Cheyenne as well as a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins are left here to keep his memory alive .
Mike also left behind his adored best friends Carlos & Alia Orellana of Wilmington, NC, his true partner in crime Paige Buff of Atlanta, GA, and his “superman” Charles Watson of Rocky Point, NC. We have often wondered what God was thinking when he made them friends, because we all know the trouble the caused.
In true Mike fashion, he has requested that we do not mourn his death but celebrate his life because we all know that he was the life of the party. He gifted us with the best years of his life, he created memories to be cherished. SO much laughter that you were usually left in tears, to his dancing eyes when he was up to no good, and the endless supply of his ice-cold IBC Black Cherry soda that he shared with us all.
Thank you Mike, for allowing us to be loved by you, to be given the gift of your friendship that will never be replaced. You sir, are one of the true greats of all time.
Please join us as we gather together to celebrate Mike’s life and say “See you when we see you.” Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations.