MURRELLS INLET | Frank Morrison ''Mickey'' Spillane, age 88, of Murrells Inlet, died Monday, July 17, 2006 at his home.
Born March 9, 1918 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late John and Ann Spillane. Mickey attended Kansas State College where he played football. He was a World War II veteran, U.S. Army Aircorp veteran serving as a flight instructor. Mickey was the creator of Mike Hammer and stared as Mike Hammer in the film, ''The Girl Hunters''. He was a bestselling author of 32 novels from which eight where made into motion pictures, the Mike Hammer television series and Marvel Comics. For 18 years, he appeared in Lite Beer commercials. In 1995 he was awarded the highest award for writing, The Grand Master Award and also was awarded the Jr. Literacy Award for ''The Day the Sea Rolled Back''. Mickey was a deep sea diver, pilot, stock car racer, avid fisherman and traveled with the Clyde Beatty Circus. Mickey was a member of the Jehovah's Witness.
Surviving are his wife, Jane Rogers Spillane; children, Kathy Spivey and Michael Spillane, both of Myrtle Beach, Ward Spillane of Louisiana and Caroline Hill of Galax, Va.; step children, Britt Ellinger of Great Falls, Va., Lisa Roberts of Georgetown and Mabry Simonetti of North Augusta; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2006 at Kingdom Hall on Holmestown Rd, in Surfside Beach.
Memorials may be made to Tidelands Hospice, 2591 North Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
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Published by The Sun News on Jul. 19, 2006.