Michael "Mike" Lawrence Will

October 6, 1957January 6, 2019
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Michael “Mike” Lawrence Will, of Clayton, NC, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 6, 2019. Mike was born on October 6, 1957, in Yonkers, NY, to Clarence and Elizabeth Tytler Will. He loved his family, loved being outdoors and teaching others about the great outdoors, and loved his church. He enjoyed people and truly never met a stranger. Mike will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 4:00pm, in the McLaurin Funeral Home Chapel, 12830 US 70 Business Highway West, Clayton, NC 27520. The family will be receiving friends from 2-4pm at the funeral home. Mike was survived by his wife, Kathy Will; stepsons, Eric Choquette and wife, Martha, and Gene Choquette and wife, Cindy; granddaughter, Sarah Cook; grandson, Brandon Johnson; brothers, David Will and wife, Rita Ann and Benjamin Will and wife, Robin, as well as three nieces. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Generation Church, NC 195 Highway 42 East, Clayton, NC 27527 or Johnston County EMS, 317 S. Robertson St., Clayton, NC 27520 in Mike’s honor.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 12, 2019

Michael "Mike" Lawrence Will

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Joy Mercer

January 19, 2019

I remember Mike at IBM. He was always smiling and so pleasant to be around. I am so extremely sorry for your great loss!

Gary Palm

January 12, 2019

I'm so saddened to hear of the loss of a great friend and steward of the earth.
I worked with Mike off and on over many years at IBM and Lenovo.
He was always kind to me, but as we all know he was kind and honest to everyone.
I miss getting our morning coffee together and midday walks.
I think Mike liked to help folks so that he could say "My Pleasure" after we thanked him.
My condolences to all the family and friends.
Goodbye "My Friend", until we meet again.

Hope Rollins

January 12, 2019


You and your family are in my thoughts today. I am so sad about the suddenness of Mike's passing.
I have been so moved by the tributes from friends and loved ones. Mike was truly a kind and giving person. The world is more empty without his bright and big spirit. It was a blessing to know him. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. Take care of yourself and know that he loved you dearly.

Hope Rollins

Aaron Rose

January 11, 2019

Mike was the greatest friend anyone could ever have.
Mike was never too busy for me or my family.
Never too busy to help me with something
Never too busy to spend time or help with the kids
He loved my kids as if they were his own
He was just here and always ready to help and love our family.
I say friend but Mike was like a brother to me, my family consider him and Kathy as part of our family

Our thoughts and prayers go to Kathy and family.

James Klassen

January 10, 2019

As is common with the many people we work with, we rarely get to see their life outside of work. I am always curious how my own family members are at work, how they are perceived and I hope they do a good job and are appreciated. I worked with Mike for many years and as many have already commented, he was a great guy and a integral member of our work family. You can be very proud of him. I loved watching the video and seeing the pictures of him away from work, it brought many a tear. I am so sorry for your loss and Thank you for sharing him with us.

Anita Galante

January 10, 2019

Dearest Kathy:
There is a prayer that I read and turn to when I think of loved ones that I have lost and I want to share it with you. I hope reading it will give you some comfort and help you to heal.

Death is nothing at all - I have only slipped
away into the next room. Whatever we were to
each other, that we are still. Call me by my old
familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you
always used. Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my
name be the household word it always was. Let
it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it
ever meant. lt is the same as it ever was; there is
absolutely unbroken continuity. Why should I be
out of your mind because I am out of your sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near, just around the corner. All
is well.

Nothing is past, nothing is lost. 0ne brief
moment and all will be as it was before - only
better, infinitely happier, and forever we will be
one together with Christ.

Deron Rossi

January 10, 2019

I learned of Mike's passing yesterday from another IBM friend, Steve Ashland. I worked with Mike in IBM and had him in my dept for a period of time in the late 90's. Mike was the consummate professional. He was very detailed oriented, and he made sure that his work was complete. The people all loved Mike as he was the gentle giant, very kind and caring. My heart breaks that the earth has lost another great guy, but I am comforted to know that heaven gained that same guy. His family is in my prayers.

Danny Hall

January 10, 2019

Deepest condolence to the Will and extended family. Mike is one of the most genuine people I have met and had privilege to work with. We shared many stories of our outdoor adventures over many years working together. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. God bless all of you with comfort and peace knowing he touched so many hearts and is thought so highly of by so many.

Denny Cole

January 9, 2019

I am still in shock over Michael leaving us so quickly. I was working with him last week and had lunch with him before the holidays.

I worked with Mike for many years at IBM, and also over the past year at Lenovo. I had great respect for Mike's ideas and opinions as he worked on my projects. He was one of the "old school" guys who survived over a decade of IBM letting go of employees by the thousands. You had to be at the top of your game to survive that! Mike was always at the top of his game.

We will miss you Mike!


Denny Cole

Chris Michalak

January 9, 2019

Mike was always one of my favorite people to chat with at the office. He had a unique sense of humor. Rest in Peace Mike.