William Michael "Mike" Terry
Saturday 7th of June 1947 - Saturday 22nd of December 2018
Celebration of Life
Thoroughbred Club of America in Lexington
3555 Rice Road, Lexington, Kentucky
William Michael “Mike” Terry, Sr. of Nicholasville, KY passed away on December 22, 2018 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Serences Terry, six children, William Michael Terry, Jr. (Kimberly), Robert Patrick Terry (Amy), Michelle Lynn Vincent (Lee), Melissa Ann Reed (Chris), Caitlin Jane Terry and Margaret Frances Terry, and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his three brothers, Warren (Dianne), Pat (Barbara), Tim (Florence) and eight nieces and nephews.
Mike was born on June 7, 1947 at Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX to parents W. B. “Bill” and Frances S. Terry, who predeceased him. After moves to San Jose, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, Wind Gap, PA and Ft. Wayne, IN he and his family settled in Lexington, KY. He graduated high school from Howe Military School in Howe, IN and then attended Transylvania University. He entered the U. S. Navy in 1969 and was assigned to the U. S. S. Ranger (CV-61). After leaving the Navy in 1973 he went back to Transylvania, eventually becoming General Manager and then owner of Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, North. He teamed with his father and brother Tim to build the Griffin Gate Hotel, golf course and residential development. After moving to Pebble Beach, CA in 1985 he met and married Mary in 1989. Mike and Mary moved to a farm outside Nicholasville in 1995 and purchased and owned Griffin Gate Realty, Inc. until his death.
Mike was a member of the Lexington Board of Realtors, The Rotary Club of Lexington and The Herrington Lake Yacht Club.
Mike and Mary enjoyed spending time traveling the globe with special friends and spending as much time as possible with their children and grandchildren on Herrington Lake. Mike never met a stranger, always had a smile for anyone he saw, made a point of donating to worthy causes, and was a counselor, mentor and example to all by the way he conducted himself. He knew details about every car ever produced, and every house at Griffin Gate.
The Terry Family would like to invite all those who knew and loved William Michael (Mike) Terry to a celebration of this wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. The celebration will be from 3pm-6pm, March 31, 2019 at the Thoroughbred Club of America in Lexington. Those who would like to make a donation in honor of Mike can do so by giving to the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund.
Mary Jane and Brent Smithsays
Mike and Mary were not only our great neighbors but two of our very good friends. We had many good times together and we never saw Mike without a smile on his face that stretched from ear to ear! He would do anything for anyone. We will miss him dearly and now put our arms around Mary and their family.
Mary Ann Walkupsays
Mike was a good man, & a wonderful father. Your all in my thoughts, & prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss. His name was never mentioned without someone smiling.
We have lost a great Cadet and fellow classmate. I will miss you forever. Godspeed until we meet again. Love to Mary and Family.
Gail and Irish Clark-Savagesays
Mike was a really delightful person. He was a great host when we visited his and Mary's home two years ago. His family made us feel welcome and we had hopes of visiting again soon. He is sorely missed.
Mike was a great rotary friend and mentor ,although he never knew that it was just the example mike set of how to be a true gentleman he certainly will be missed RIP my friend