Giovanni “Mike” Micol

Giovanni Enrico “Mike” Micol (born John Henry Micol III), age 84, died on Nov. 27, 2018. He was born on Feb. 22, 1934 to the late John Henry Micol Jr. and Ava Sharp Micol.

Giovanni graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1952 and married the love of his life, Myrna Howerton on June 5, 1955. He was a member of McMannen United Methodist Church in Durham. He formed GE Micol Associates Technical Services in 1970, a company that provided drafting services to local engineering firms. Later in his career he did subcontract work for Bryant Durham Electric, where he worked in their design build department.

He is survived by his daughter, Kim Micol Tucker of Lexington; and sons, John Spencer Micol of Durham; David Shields Micol and wife Joyce of Adamstown, MD; and Mark Sharp Micol and wife Lynn of Durham. He had 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Giovanni was preceded in death by his wife Myrna Howerton Micol. 

Giovanni grew up in a company house at the Eno Steam Plant village where he built many lasting relationships. He had fond memories spending his summers with his grandparents on the old Micol Farm. He would later attribute those formative years as some of the most important character building years of his life. 

He was very active in the community. Giovanni was instrumental in forming the first booster clubs at the former Stanford Middle and Orange High schools and served on the Orange County Planning Board in the 1970s. Giovanni was very active and enjoyed playing golf, tennis and fishing, and most recently looked forward to his evenings at home, feeding the deer and caring for his dogs. His outings to Waffle House and Walmart were always the highlights of his day.

His love for life was enhanced by his 11 grandchildren: Jon Tucker, Cori Graves, Rachel Micol-Hatton, Alex Aldinger, Kevin Micol, Ben Micol, Sarah Micol, Spencer Micol, Kaitlyn Vance, Sam Micol and Will Micol; and his five great-grandchildren: Harper Micol-Hatton, Grayson Graves, Gwen Graves, Garrett Graves and Finnigan Micol.

A memorial service was held at McMannen United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m., with a visitation from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Immediately following the memorial service, a reception was held in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road Durham, NC 27705. 

The Micol family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com – select obituaries.