Howard "Bozo" W. Shook
Served His Lord and Loved His Family
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.