Michael Wayne Fore

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WHISPERING PINES — Michael Wayne Fore passed away on Feb. 2, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Michael was born to James and Keiko Fore on March 25, 1958 in Frankfurt, Germany. He is survived by his wife Sandy Carpenter Fore, sons Stephen and Christopher Fore, three grandchildren: Cassin, Aleeiah and Andre, sisters Cathrene Fore Grand (David), Susan Fore Roberts (Tom), brothers Julius Fore (Tammy), Glenn Fore (Susan), Kenny Fore (Susan), and Chris Fore (Jennifer).

Michael worked at the Fresh Market in Southern Pines and was loved by his co-workers and customers alike. He was cherished by his Fresh Market family for his kindness and his genuine concern. Michael was a Boy Scout leader and served on the Board of Directors of Moore Buddies (a mentoring organization for at risk youth) and served as a mentor.

Michael and Sandy sponsored exchange students from both Germany and Japan, eagerly opening their home and hearts to their "new" family members. Michael was instrumental in the organizing of fundraisers for co-workers with an eagerness that belied his kind and gracious heart. And when the fundraising began for him, Michael found it hard to be on the receiving end, inactive in the process. In the last year of his life Michael attended many Scotland High School football games and loved to sit in the stands, no matter how cold it was, or the pain he may be feeling, and cheer on the Fighting Scots. As his family, we cherish these memories. Michael and Sandy hosted huge Fourth of July parties every year, and honored our country and those servicemen who attended.

Michael loved his family. He was the calm voice of reason and the constant, unwavering giver of the family and in all aspects of his life. Initiating family gatherings, making sure we all kept in touch and connected seemed to be his calling. Michael had the hands of a working man, tough and rugged, yet held babies with the gentleness of a mother. Family gathering will not be the same without seeing a baby in Michael's arms. His kind nature and gentle spirit affected us all and we are all better for having known him. He will truly be missed.

Visitation will be held from 10-11:15 a.m. on Saturday at Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church with the service following at 11:30 a.m. There will be a private graveside service held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice of Moore County or The Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills.

Published in Laurinburg Exchange from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2016