Mitchell M. McEntire
1945 - 2020
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GRAHAM/OLD FORT - Mitchell M. McEntire died on June 26, 2020 with his family by his side. He leaves behind a wife of 55 years, Ann, a daughter Michelle, and her husband Kurt Wilder. Though he had one child, his dear nephew Scott Page was like a son to him. Also surviving him are five brothers, Arnold, Jerrill, Merrill, John (Karen), Tim (Carol) McEntire; two sisters, Joyce (George) Ellis, and Eileen (Ken) Page; sister-in-law Shirley McEntire, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, Ruth and Theodore McEntire and his brother Carroll McEntire. Many thanks go to CarePartners Hospice McDowell for their assistance and care that allowed Mitchell to live his last days on the farm that was his home.

Born in Old Fort, North Carolina, on February 7, 1945, he gaduated from Old Fort High School in 1963 and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and law school, graduating in 1967 and 1970, respectively. Mitchell and Ann then settled in Graham, NC, where he established his law practice. For the last twenty-five years, he and Tony DiLello practiced law together, forming McEntire & DiLello. The family thanks the whole DiLello family, but Tony and Carol in particular, for being such devoted and wonderful friends and colleagues to Mitchell.

He was from a big family, but he had an even bigger family of friends. A charismatic lover of life and people, he made friends wherever he went. Those who knew him loved him, and a friend he made would be his friend for life. From fishing on the Outer Banks, to hunting in Texas, to exploring Alaska, he loved the adventures he had in this world.

Mitchell was a member of the North Carolina State Bar for 50 years, never intending to become a local legend, but doing so through his heartfelt and zealous advocacy for his clients. As has been told to his daughter by so many people across the state, he was a never-ending source of funny stories, jokes, and even songs that entertained both juries and colleagues for many years. He also loved his community and was a member of the Masonic Lodge Bula 409, the Burlington Shrine Club - Amran Shriners, and the Alamance Wildlife Club.

A celebration of life that will be too small to honor the huge and beautiful life that he lived will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion, NC with his dear friends Benny Bryant, Octavis White, and Tony DiLello speaking. The family asks you to consider donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society at 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615 or the Shriners Hospitals for Children at 950 W Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605.

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July 2, 2020
Often, in law school classes, McEntire and Noble sat next to each other. When we were assigned a real world research project, Mitch and i worked together. Since school, i have seen Mitch a few times, and i talked with him several times. It was always a long, fascinating, funny, very human conversation. Mitch was my favorite classmate. He was good to the soul, and an inspiration to all of us. My heart is with Ann, Michelle and Scott. The world has lost a really good and decent person.
Oliver Noble
July 2, 2020
Family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Mitch and I became friends 1972 to 1975 when I was practicing law in Graham. I remember how kind Mitch and Ann were to invite me, a new, young, single attorney, to their home for a great evening of food and fellowship. I left that evening thinking what a beautiful life Mitch and Ann had. Mitch had a wonderful smile and he always made me feel happy. We
tried some cases together and some against each other. He was a fine attorney and an even better man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. David Benbow, Statesville
David Benbow
June 30, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Ann. Mitch was one of the good guys that was always happy and smiling. I so appreciated his legal help on several occasions with his calm and gentle spirit.
Barbara Melton
June 29, 2020
The whole family and his colleagues are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time
Michelle and Dan Romuald
June 29, 2020
Mitch represented my late brother on several issues. His professionalism, kindness and attention to detail could not be rivaled! He quickly became a family friend and we appreciated all the ways he assisted our family over the years in legal issues. I no longer live in the area but heard, by word of mouth, that he had passed and I was greatly saddened. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Shannon Buchanan
June 28, 2020
Dear Ann and Family .. As I know you are so engulfed in sorrow Grieves me so ,to bid Goodbye to this wonderful friend of Mikes.. He thought the world of Mitch ! Also , Trusted his word on every thing .. Now they will be together .. discussing the old days Thank you for being his wonderful understanding wife of an attorney that cared ! God bless you and YOUR family ! With Fond Memories .. Pat McCall , Michael McCall, and Chelene McCall Paraschos .....
McCall Pat
June 28, 2020
One day, several years ago, I walked into the Drug Store on the corner, in Graham, I noticed Mitch immediately (pictures of him in papers many years back). And if course I had to say, "Hey, I know you". He was friendly and engaging. My opinion of Mitch was that he handled one huge case with grace, dignity and respect. It ended badly for his client, still, the dignity he showed, was from what a true Southern Lawyer (Gentleman) could display. He accepted the verdict w/respect, no histrionics or theatrics , no whining. Exactly what many are missing today. The man I met at the check out counter was not a snob, he was with generous spirit and kind. My condolences to his family and friends. His name will be forever on the lips of many, in Alamance County.
G Butler
June 28, 2020
Mitch was a great friend, he was a great defender and looked after all of his clients. I being a retired N C Trooper had many cases that he was involved in . His way was to be appreciated by officer as he never tried the officer,just defended his client. He was all about being a good old guy and doing what he believed to be the right think. He will be missed by all those in the court system of Alamance County
Ret Trooper John M. Coleman
June 28, 2020
My name is Maxine Norwood and my dad was Max Norwood. Mitch was daddy's lawyer and he (or his brother Merrill) played golf with daddy and my uncle Pete Norwood. My mom and dad thought the world to Mitch. Prayers to the family and I know that daddy, Uncle Pete, and Mitch are in heaven "swapping stories".

maxine norwood
June 28, 2020
Prayers and thoughts lifted for you Ann, Michele & family.
Susan Jackson Turner
June 28, 2020
Words are inadequate when it comes to the life of Mich McEntire. He lived life to the fullest and was a joy to all around him. Amy and I give our deepest condolences to Ann and her family.
Boyd Pearson
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