Surrounded by people who loved him, Dale Wayne "Mike" Magee passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 after a week in the loving hands of the angels at Coastal Carolina Hospice House in Newport. For those who knew him, these words will not be enough; for those who were not so lucky, no words will ever be enough to capture his full and rich life and those he affected along the way. Born on May 3, 1937 to Clifford and Alice Magee of Cuba, New York, Mike grew up on a dairy farm with his seven sisters and one brother. As a young man, he left home to serve his country as a United States Marine, and after training as a sharp shooter, he was stationed at USMC Station Cherry Point, NC. It was here that he met the undeniable love of his life, Hazel Marie Belangia of New Bern at Croatan Free Will Baptist Church. Two children were blessed by becoming part of their family: Mary Elizabeth Magee Quinn and Jeffrey Ray Magee.
After leaving the Marines, Mike joined the United States Army as a Special Forces Green Beret and became one of the first Americans to answer the call to liberate the oppressed in Vietnam. He was highly decorated by his country for his brave efforts there. When he retired from the military, he moved his family back to New Bern where he farmed tobacco and started a small business. In July 1998, he became "Papa" to Sean Magee Quinn and Claire Magee Quinn - two grandchildren have never meant more to someone than they did to Mike. He reveled in their love and enjoyed teaching them the important things in life like working hard, taking care of the people you love, fishing, shooting guns, and cheating at tic-tac-toe.
Mike is survived by his wife of 54 years, Hazel; children Mary and Jeff; son-in-law Vincent Quinn; grandchildren Sean, Claire and Cassidy Morris, who adopted him as her Papa; sisters Marilyn "Minnie" Brantley, Mary Swinson, Marguerite "Winnie" Magee; Mavis "Allie" France; sister-in-law, Shirley Belangia Powell and her husband Mike Powell; brothers-in-law William Ray "Bill" Belangia and his wife Bonnie Belangia; and Paul Belangia; and finally, his faithful hunting buddy, Chuck Clever. He joins his parents Clifford and Alice Magee; brother, Gary "Grubby" Magee; and sisters, Maxine Beckwith, Margie Palmer, and Marie "Hoppy" Hodges; multiple comrades in arms; and fishing buddy, Don Bennett. Many hearts will grieve his loss.
Family and friends are invited celebrate his life at the visitation Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 6-8 PM at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. His funeral ceremony will be 2:00 PM, Monday, October 15, 2013 at Croatan Free Will Baptist Church, with Rev. Harry Bryan and Rev. Jesse Caton officiating. Entombment, with US Army Honors, will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visit www.pollockbest.com. Mike's memory can be honored through donations to the Croatan Free Will Baptist Building Fund at 7154 Hwy 70 E, New Bern, NC 28560 or Crystal Coast Hospice House PO Box 483, Morehead City, NC 28557, www.crystalcoasthospicehouse.org.