Howard "Bozo" W. Shook

Friday, November 15, 1940 - Thursday, December 31, 2020

Served His Lord and Loved His Family

Photo of Howard "Bozo" W. Shook  - 1940-2020

Canton- During the peaceful morning hours of New Years Eve, December 31, 2020, Howard Wayne Shook, was called to his eternal Heavenly home.  He passed away at his home and as the soft voices of his family joined together in singing a beautiful hymn, their hearts were comforted knowing that their beloved husband, father and grandfather was now in the hands of his Lord and Saviour.

Howard was born in the fall season of November 15, 1940 to the late Thomas Elwood Shook, Sr. and the late Odell Rogers Shook.  He was born and raised among the mountains that he loved and Howard was blessed to grow up in a home surrounded with a Christian family.  He carried his faithful love of Christ in his heart all throughout his lifetime and he was an example for each of us to follow. Howard was a quiet man of few words, but when he spoke, his words were of faith, truth, wisdom, and sincerity.  Mr. Shook was a former employee of Dayco International where he retired with 33 years of service and following his retirement obtained his North Carolina Contractors License and became a full-time builder. His natural gift of working with wood was admired by everyone that knew him. He was an amazing cabinet builder and he also enjoyed designing and making furniture and crafting beautiful dough bowls out of wooden logs. Margie, his loving wife, often called Howard her “dream maker” because when she wanted something special built of wood he would make his way to his work shop and create it for her, fulfilling her every wish.  Howard’s family has wonderful memories of the special times they shared together with him.  Deer hunting with his sons and grandsons and vacationing on his houseboat at Lake Hiawassee with his family are happy outings that are cherished, and will never be forgotten.

Most importantly, as we speak of Howard, we rejoice for his strong faith. He was a devout Christian who loved the Lord and he was dedicated to serving his church. He traveled the world helping to construct homes and churches for missionaries in the countries of Australia, Honduras, Iceland, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Papua New Guinea, and the Virgin Islands. He also traveled throughout the United States to Alaska, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas giving hope to so many people and changing the lives of those who needed shelter and places of worship.

Howard Wayne Shook was a man who used his natural talents to help others and his heart to spread the word of his love for Jesus Christ.  He loved his family deeply and he was so very proud of each of them. His family gives thanks for the 80 wonderful years of Howard’s life and having been able to share this time and learn from him the many life lessons that will guide them each and every day. All is well, we have been blessed by his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Morris and T.E. Shook

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 60 years,  Margie Martin Shook of Canton; his sons, Dewayne Shook and his wife, Karen Shook of Canton and Pastor Thomas Shook and his wife, Lauri Shook of Canton ; a sister, Hiawatha McKinnish of Canton;  his brothers, Preacher Jack Shook of Easley, SC and also his twin brother, Harold Shook of Canton; grandchildren, Josh Shook, Anna Shook, Hannah Burchette, Leah Hickox, Mariah Tyree, Eli Shook and Toshia Crompton; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces ; and his little “fur buddy”, Liza Jane.

The Shook family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to Haywood County EMS, Dr. Oscar Jenkins , his cardiologist, Dr. Jay Grosse and CarePartners Hospice for their care and compassion and also many thanks to Ken and Marsha Stines for their love and concern.

Mr. Shook will be honorably placed in a wooden handcrafted casket that was built by his son, Thomas. Funeral services for Mr. Shook will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, January 4, 2020 at Bible Baptist Church in Waynesville.  His son, Pastor Thomas Shook, and his brother, Preacher Jack Shook will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Piney Grove Methodist Church Cemetery.

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


A live stream of Mr. Shook's funeral service will before 5 minutes before the service hour and can be viewed at Bible Baptist Church's facebook page at

Condolences from family and friends

a wonderful testimony your husband, dad and grandpa had. I loved reading the obituary and ai know you will miss him , but thank God for the peace He gives you during this time. I don’t know your family but it was on Facebook and it said take the time to read .I am glad I did I will be praying for the service and for each of you in the days and months ahead.
Lisa Merryman
Howard Wayne was one of the kindest men we knew. He traveled with a crew to West Texas to build the house that we now live in. We know he is rejoicing in Heaven. Our live and prayers to the family. Scott and Amey
Scott and Amey Owens
I’m so sorry for your loss. I will never forget what a blessing Howard and Margie was to our little ministries in Alaska. The LORD will be with you every step of this journey. Love and prayers to all the family
Arlene Ensley
What a special man and a special family. We love you all and are praying for you. Thank God He gives Grace.
Amy Bell
So sorry for your lost.praying
Janet sutton
So sorry for your loss! I always admired Howard and Margie. Beautiful example of everlasting love! I was baptized behind the Shook house, in the river. I have never forgotten that day. Thank you for sharing your love of God with me. Denise
Denise Cope Finger
We are praying for your family. It was an honor to know Bro. Howard, and to see the amazing things that Christ worked through his hands and talent. May the peace of God sustain you through this time in the knowledge that Bro. Howard is shouting the victory in Heaven. If we can be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to call us.
Bruce and Gayle Esancy
So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for the family. God bless!
Glenna Wiggins Trull
Dear Margie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you had a wonderful husband and have a wonderful family. That is always a blessing! LOVE
Lavon Kuykendall
Dear Margie, Dewayne, Tom, and family, Willard and I are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort all of you with His great love .What a wonderful testimony Howard leaves behind. We are honored to have known him. We love you, and are praying for you.
Delores Norton
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, Gods blessings for you.
Sue & Wayne Oates
Our thoughts, Prayers, Blessings are with each of you.
Sue&Wayne Oates
Our prayers are with you all during this time. He was a wonderful Christian man and we are thankful to be in the same family. Love you all.
Don and Norma Fisher
Tom, I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My prayers go out to you and all your family at this time.
Pam Ledford
My thoughts and prayers for the family.
Alan Stinnett
Margie , although I never knew Howard personally.. when you talked of him when we drove buses for Bethel.. your love for him shown on your face as you talked of your life together. God blessed your lives together and just think of your reunion when you are reunited in our heavenly home. Prayers of comfort for all your family..what memories to comfort you in this time... God is so good.
Linda Roberts
To the entire Shook family, the Stinnett family extends our deepest heartfelt condolences and sympathies. May God be with you all during this time of heartbreak and grief.
Dickie & Irene Stinnett & Family
To the entire Shook family. we would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences and sympathies. May God be with you all during these sad and trying days.
Dickie & Irene Stinnett and Family
We are sending all our love to you and the rest of the family today. We are so sorry we are not in town to be there to say our goodbyes. We love you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lee & Gwenn
We love you all ! Due to Charlie over coming health issues we can not attend the funeral and we want you to know we love you all and our hearts are full of love for all of you, We know our sweet uncle is walking the streets of gold !
Pollyanna and Charlie Mckinnish
Margie, You are in my thoughts and prayers Love Julia
Julia Clark
Dear Shook family, I am so sorry for your grief, but I know Howard Wayne is rejoicing in Heaven. I love you all and pray for you during this time. May God hold you close.
Paula Rhodarmer
Karen and Family Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Glen and Diana Mitchell Garlough
Sorry to hear about Howard Wayne.I am thinking of the family.
Sharon Henderson
Margie, Dewayne, Tom and all the family: Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Howard was one of the nicest men we ever knew, so kind and gentle. May God's love and comfort surround you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love in Christ, Kim and Mary
Rev. Kim and Mary Milner