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Michael Dwight Priest

1950 - 2021



Michael “Mike” Dwight Priest, 70 formerly of Laurinburg, NC passed away on Tuesday , March 9, 2021 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital. He was born August 2, 1950 to the late John William “Bill” and Marjorie (Smith) Priest.

Mike was informally trained as an auto body repairman and painter and was known for his talent in the industry. He had a preference for customization and restorations of both hot rods and rat rods. He was particularly talented for flaming motorcycle gas tanks. He exuded the rockabilly lifestyle and loved his Hawaiian shirts. He enjoyed jam sessions with friends and family and could play the guitar like no other. Mike would captivate audiences with his prolific story telling ability. He enjoyed the open road and venturing to parts unknown and had a knack for finding the best food in every diner and drive along the way.

Mike didn’t meet a stranger and had a host of friends, and was known as “Uncle Mike” to many. He is survived by sister, Regina “Gina” Priest; children, Rhonda Michelle Priest; Christel Clanton Jones; Scott Clanton; honorary son Stacy Jackson; grandchildren, Andrew Priest-Chavis; Rachel, Joshua and Matthew Jones; great granddaughters; Jalyn and Lily Jones; Abbagail and Faithlynn Bullard; a host of nieces and nephews; long time friend Earl Todd and many other friends and classic car enthusists.  In addition to his parents, he is preceed in death by his brother, Larry  Priest.

Private services will be held. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date. 


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Don Driggers

March 18, 2021 7:52 AM

I remember Mike from the music store. Rest easy friend. All the memories I have of you are good.

Andrew Priest-Chavis

March 13, 2021 9:57 PM

Andrew Priest-Chavis

March 13, 2021 9:57 PM

Love and miss you Poppa. You were a strong but gentle man. This doesn’t feel right at all.

Juanita Strickland

March 12, 2021 10:18 AM

Mike will be remembered by myself and my cousins Sue and Ron Smith ways  a  gentle kind and sincerely funny  person with a sweet precious sister so loved go high on that mountain Mike Juanita Hunt Strickland

B. L. Sims

March 12, 2021 12:51 AM
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My Condolences To The Family!!
He sounded like a real good person.
May He Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

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