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Gregory Shane Howard

August 29, 1966September 23, 2020

Gregory Shane Howard, age 54, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 due to chronic health issues. He was born in High Point, NC to parents, David Wilson Howard and Ann Riggs Howard.

Greg is survived by one sister, Janice Howard (Eugene, OR), as well as a daughter, Sarah Anne Howard, and three grandchildren. He was married twice and remained close to his ex-wife, Suzy, who cared for him in his final months.

Greg was preceded in death by a son (Gregory Andrew Howard) and his mother, Ann. He worked for 30+ years as a stonemason and his beautiful work with its distinctive style may be seen throughout the county. Greg was happiest when outdoors enjoying nature or completing the latest project in his yard. He loved his cats and his dog. Memorial contributions can be made in Greg’s memory to Burke County Friends for Animals (

A private service will be held at a later date. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the family.


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Cindy Komarek

October 5, 2020

It was way too long since I saw my cousin Greg but I look back with fond memories of extended family get togethers and fun times as children.

Rebecca Mullis

October 4, 2020

In Loving Memory of my nephew, Gregory Shane Howard.

Greg, as we all called him, was so loved by his family. His life was short and but he touched many lives and is missed by so many. He now lives with my sister, Ann as I am sure that they are together along with our Mother who loved him deeply. His son, Andrew is there to welcome him , too. What a reunion with Our Lord Jesus. My Love to him and to all! Aunt Becky

Jackie Gillespie

October 4, 2020

To my nephew, Greg Howard, family and friends

Now abide faith, hope. love, these three, but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13

I remember Greg as a little boy, dressed up in his cowboy outfit, playing outdoors, going to the garden and picking vegetables. He enjoyed being outdoors and grew up to be a talented builder and rock mason. He was so smart and had such a sweet spirit.
I recall the last time we had lunch together in Morganton. He shared his faith in God and how much he missed his dear mother and son.
Greg, you are all together now, mother, grandmother and Andrew, where there is Peace and Joy forevermore.
Love to you always, Aunt Jackie

Janice Howard

September 27, 2020

You are gone too soon from us. RIP Little Brother. Sending you love,

Wendy Howard

September 25, 2020

I meet Greg at the age of 15. He was always a presence in my life. With Greg there were many Ups and many Downs With Greg I built a house and a skill, and a life. Please donate to Friends For Animals of Burke County, In Gregs Name. I Love his Family and Thank You Suzanne Loven. Always in my Heart, Wendy

Nancy Leonard

September 25, 2020

He done an excellent job on my rock work around my house. Will always have fond memories of Greg. Rest In Peace my friend 🌈


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