Michael Edward West, a devoted husband, respected teacher, coach and all-around kind soul passed away on April 6th in Pinehurst. Mike was someone you could not only trust with your heart, but who also treated you with kindness and patience no matter who you were.
Mike had a unique sense of humor that would make everyone smile. He had a one-of-a-kind relationship with his students and colleagues. His demeanor put everyone at ease. He was a father figure, role model, and mentor to all and affectionately referred to his students as his "kiddiepoos."
Mike grew up in the quiet town of Norwood, NC and attended South Stanly High School. He was a football standout, track and field star and record-setting weight lifter. He went to Lees-McRae College on a football scholarship and transferred to Appalachian State University where he finished his degree in Physical Education and Health. While there he began his coaching career at a local high school as a defensive coordinator. He followed his parents' footsteps as an educator and coach.
In 1992, he started his teaching career at East Montgomery Middle School. He also taught and coached at East Montgomery High School, North Moore High School, and was most recently employed at West Montgomery Middle School where he coached football, wrestling, and track.
Mike is survived by his wife Shana, father Bill, brother David and family, sister Amy and family, sister-in-law Tina and family and many close friends. He is preceded in death by his mother Joanne. Mike will be dearly missed but his legacy will continue.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the family is requesting that you visit our website to make your condolences. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association or the Montgomery County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be left at www.phillipsfh.com. For inquiries, please contact Jim Morris at 910-690-0949.
The West family is being served by Phillips Funeral Home in Star.