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Stuart Hodges (Sr.) Shook

September 21, 1927 ~ February 26, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Stuart Shook Obituary

Stuart Hodges Shook, Sr., US Navy Retired, age 96, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024.
Born September 21, 1927 in Watauga County, he was the son of Tom Tope and Ada Mae
Michael Shook. Stuart diligently served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1967 and achieved the
rank of Chief Petty Officer. He would frequently talk with great fondness about his travels, the
ins and outs of Navy life, and his various duty stations. One of his most special tours of duty
was with ‘Operation Crossroads’ at Bikini Atoll. This was the atomic bomb testing after the war
to see how atomic bombs would affect ships at sea. After retiring from the Navy, he moved his
family from Norfolk, Va. back to Boone where he retired from Appalachian State University’s
Purchasing Department. He made a final trip to Norfolk and the shipyards and base in October
of 2023. Stuart enjoyed seeing the buildings where he worked, the ships, and breathing in the
salt air.
After losing his beloved wife, Wilma Yates, in 2006, he found much solace in listening to music.
He lived a quiet life in his latter years, but always enjoyed phone calls and visits with friends and
family. University of Alabama football, golf and Duke Basketball also kept him company. He
was a man of few words; however, he never met a stranger – he loved talking with people about
his Navy experiences and growing up on a farm in the Valle Crucis Community. Stuart was an
extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life for a simple farm boy with humble beginnings.
Mr. Shook is survived by his son, Stuart H. Shook, Jr. and wife, Deborah, of Boone and his
daughter, Jane Grace Long of Lenoir; granddaughters, Angela D. Shook of Boone, Katelyn G.
Long and Kathryn R. Long, and grandson, Kevin Long Jr. all of Lenoir. Numerous nieces and
nephews also survive. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three
brothers, Carroll, Tom, and Arthur “Quentin.”
Funeral services for Stuart Shook will be conducted Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2024 at 2
o’clock at Deerfield United Methodist Church, officiated by Pastor Wes Austin. The family will
receive friends from 1 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at the church. Entombment services with
Military Honors provided by the U.S. Navy and American Legion Post 130 will follow at Mount Lawn
Memorial Park and Gardens Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 400
Shadowline Drive, Suite 100B, Boone, NC 28607; to Mount Lawn Cemetery Association, PO
Box 1787, Boone, NC 28607; or to a charity of the donors’ choice.
The family wants to offer their sincere thanks and appreciation to Medi Home Health and Hospice
for their care and kindness. They were so patient and dedicated to his care during his time of
need. They are special caregivers.
Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Shook family.

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