Longtime barber Mike Earnhardt dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease

  • Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 1:05 a.m.
JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST Mike Earnhardt holds his newest grandson, Andrew Patterson during a recent visit at his Granite Quarry home. Earnhardt, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, is the second person in North ¬ Carolina to receive a Diaphragm Pacing System þÄî essentially a pacemaker  to help his breathing.
JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST Mike Earnhardt holds his newest grandson, Andrew Patterson during a recent visit at his Granite Quarry home. Earnhardt, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, is the second person in North ¬ Carolina to receive a Diaphragm Pacing System þÄî essentially a pacemaker to help his breathing.

GRANITE QUARRY — Mike Earnhardt lost his three-year fight with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, dying Saturday at his home in Granite Quarry.

The Post had featured Earnhardt in a couple of stories over the past year, during a period in which the men’s group at his church also held a “Cruise ‘n Barbecue” twice to raise funds for Earnhardt and his wife, Lisa.


Last December, Earnhardt was the second ALS patient in North Carolina to receive a Diaphragm Pacing System to assist his breathing as the disease progressed.

Earnhardt, 61, was a longtime barber in Salisbury, working a chair at the Southgate Barbershop from 1971 until the disease forced him to quit and sell the business in 2010.

A cycling enthusiast, Earnhardt also was a well-known member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he had been a council member and head usher. A visitation for Earnhardt will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, followed by his funeral at 11 a.m.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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