Donald Michael "Mike" Spaulding

Tuesday, February 2, 1954 - Tuesday, June 4, 2024

In Loving Memory

Photo of Donald Michael "Mike" Spaulding  - 1954-2024

Donald Michael “Mike” Spaulding of Waynesville, NC, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at Mission Hospital surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Mike was born February 2, 1954, in Ashland, Kentucky to the late Donald Spaulding and Mariko Nishio Spaulding.

He grew up in Catlettsburg, KY and as a child, he was honored to be the bugle boy for the American Legion. In his earlier years, Mike was known for his beautiful dives off the high board at Dreamland Pool. He was a graduate of the 1972 class of Catlettsburg High School where he was a legendary football player known for his soccer-style kick. His love for watching the game of football continued into his later years and he also enjoyed playing golf, martial arts, watching MMA fights , boating and wonderful beach trips, and most importantly spending time with his family.  Loving the mountains, Mike moved to Haywood County with his newlywed bride, Theresa in 1994 and he has impacted lives in Western North Carolina ever since.    

His previous employment included Armco Steel, as well as being a well-known regional karate instructor. Being a talented carpenter for more than 30 years, Mike had participated in the construction of The Wilderness Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida. His most recent employment was with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC.

Mike will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Spaulding; his maternal grandparents, John and Murrell Mills Spaulding; his paternal grandfather Goichi Nishio; also his beloved dogs, “Mae Mae” and “Wilbur” and his cat, “Icabod”.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 30 years, Theresa Spaulding; his daughters, Courtney Spaulding, Samantha Spaulding, Kristy Gibson (Thomas), and Laura Bowen (Andrew); his son, Randy Cope (Christina); his beloved grandchildren, David, Seth, Emerson, Jack, and Agnes; brothers, Johnnie Spaulding (Leslyn) and Tommy Spaulding and his loyal pup, “Myrtle Mae”.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at Calvary Road Baptist Church in Maggie Valley. Pastor John Swanger III will be officiating.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Spaulding family.



Condolences from family and friends

Mike's Family, I am very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, friend. I got to meet Mike at work. I always went thru his line, because I knew he would have something smart to say. He could make us laugh at his humor, but he would not crack a smile until we walked away. A few weeks ago, I went thru his line and there he sat wearing thick dark sunglasses. I asked if he had something wrong with his eyes or eye surgery. (Its was 8 pm) He said "Nope, I'm just Cool... HIs wit and humor was so fast, and he never missed a beat ringing all of the employees up and saying something to each one of us. He is certainly missed by so many employees. May God Bless you all.
Faye Wilson
I just saw this on fb, I had no idea he was sick. You don’t know me but he was one of my oldest friends, we had reconnected by phone the last 10 years. We spoke couple months ago for an hour and a half.i knew he had some issues in his foot but that’s all. Mike and I were so close so many years ago. We ran together for years, he was best man at my first wedding in 1980. We lost touch but he always said Love ya Jackie. He loved his family , I know that. I can’t tell you how sad and heartbreaking this to me. I’m just so sad for you all. Mike was such a great guy and one of a kind. I’m just so shocked to find out just now. We had talked bout getting together but it never happened. I’m so sorry. Prayers for each of you!
Jack D Hanks
I played in the 1973 Kiwanis football game with Mike I doubt if I have ever had a better friend back then in the town of Williamson West Virginia families would take players in for the two weeks before the game we were lucky we stayed with a great family and they were very very nice to us both we were 19 we thought we were invincible and perhaps then we were we became the best of friends during the two weeks in a strange town around totally different people total strangers I loved Mike so so much we ran around in that town for 2 weeks in a 76 model Camaro having the time of our lives in a place we never had even thought much about Mike was a great ball player and even greater friend I will miss him so much
Dave Phelps