OBITUARY

Michael Pawhuska Worley

May 7, 1949November 24, 2012

Michael Pawhuska Worley, 63, a resident of High Point, North Carolina, died unexpectedly Saturday November 24, 2012 at High Point Regional Hospital. Michael was born in Sendai, Honshu, Japan, the second son of Edward Thomas Worley and Mary Ellen Schmidt. He completed some of his education in Germany, was a Specialist in the US Army during the Viet Nam war, and served as a Translator and Interpreter of the Arabic language with Army Intelligence. He spent time in Europe, Africa and the Near East. He graduated Law school from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and then earned a Master in Tax Law degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He retired in 2004 from his position as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Arizona, and then enjoyed his new passion: photography. During his retirement he spent many happy hours with wonderful buddies on multiple photography Workshops and trips, photographing in Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, Alaska, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, the Antelope Canyons, Death Valley, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Yosemite and even his backyard. Landscape photography was his favorite. He also had a wonderful sense of humor; could write eloquently and knew just about everything about anything. There was always an historical perspective to share, and he often said that he wanted to “educate, entertain or amuse” whomever he was speaking with. He had an uncanny ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, wherever he was, at any given time. He was predeceased by his older brother and parents, and is survived by his wife; Claire Mannella. No service is planned, and he will be cremated in North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Park Foundation at http://www.nationalparks.org/ or to your favorite local or State park. He would love that.

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Stephanie Loter

December 5, 2012

Though my husband and I only met Mike once he touched us with his conversation and knowledge. It was a wonderful evening that will not be forgotten. As well, I had the amazing opportunity to view some of his beautiful photography (this was before I had met either you or Mike and the images were just stunning). Let the beauty of his vision comfort you for now and as time passes. You are in our thoughts, Tom and Stephanie Loter

Smokey Johnson

November 30, 2012

Dr. Claire,
Was deeply saddened to hear the news. We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

France & Andre Gagne

November 30, 2012

We met Mike over dinner once but the conversation was like we had known each other for years. He was a natural story teller and his past was rich of interesting events. Our thoughts are with you Claire and we hug you from a distance.

Scott Hogsten

November 30, 2012

I met Mike at a photography workshop in Big Bend a couple of years ago. He made quite an impression on me I remember him well especially his smile and humor. My condolences to the family

Erik Haack

November 29, 2012

Dear Claire,
My heart and prayers go out to you!! As expressed in the article what a wonderful life journey Mike has had - he obviously touched many lives. May God comfort you and offer peace.
Sincerely,
Erik Haack

November 29, 2012

Claire, We were so suprised and grieved by the notice of Mike's passing. We are so sorry. We never got to meet him, but enjoyed his wonderful photography. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Our love and condolonces., Jody & Stan

Vikki Howard

November 29, 2012

I didn't have the opportunity to meet this remarkable man, Mike, but I do know and deeply care for his wife, Claire. However, on second thought, I did have the chance to meet Mike through his photographs. Claire is so proud of Mike's work as a photographer that she shared many of his photos with many of her friends. I hope that these photographs serve as a source of comfort and strength in the days ahead. Love, Vikki

GC Ritchie

November 29, 2012

Claire, our heart goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. I enjoyed learning more about Mike and know he will be missed by so many people. I hope the pain and sorrow will be eased over time by the many joyful memories that you must share.

Jeff Jackson

November 29, 2012

I only knew Mike for about a year but what a wonderful person. He always had something interesting to share with me and spiced it with a touch of humor. I don't think I ever saw him in a bad mood. He will be missed.

November 29, 2012

My sincere condolences Claire. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Mike and to have spent time with you both. Mike had a great sense of humour and zest for life. His perspective on things was so interesting. I enjoyed getting to know him at the various functions Monique had over the years. I hope you find comfort and support in the love of family and friends.

Louise Whissell