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Rob Howe, GRAY

Published July 13th, 2013 9:33 pm

Robert Thomas Howe, 63, of Gray, died Thursday morning, July 11, 2013.
He was born January 1, 1950, and grew up in Knoxville. He received a Master’s Degree in Biology from ETSU in 1978. He was previously employed as a medical technologist and as a testing proctor.
He stayed busy with knitting, crocheting, weaving, horticulture, cooking and folkcrafts. His great passion was in life was folkdancing; he was an integral member of the East Tennessee International Folkdancers for more than 40 years. He had hundreds of dances from around the world committed to memory, and enjoyed the food and customs of many cultures as well.
Rob was a strongly individualistic person who was comfortable with who he was and what he believed. He lived a quiet life close to nature. He was interesting and interested in others. He was honest, generous, and peaceable. He was an accepting, sensitive, faithful friend.
Rob was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Wallace Howe; his parents, Thomas N. and Mable Howe; brother, Gary A. Howe; special friend, Jane Hyde; and his beloved dog, Ronnie.
He leaves behind many people who love him and will miss him: two sisters, Jerrie Howe, Dumas, TX, and Barbara Howe Hunter, Amarillo, TX; several cousins, including Ann Trent and Carolynn Elder, both of Rogersville; several aunts, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews; special friend, Jack Burress; special neighbors, Harry and Josh Deaderick; and his many dear folkdancing friends.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Rob’s life on Thursday, July 18, at 4:30. For details, please contact Snyder’s Memorial Gardens, Gray.
Online condolences may be sent to the family of Robert Howe by signing the online guest registry found on the funeral home’s website (, or by sending an e-condolence to Any other condolences may be mailed to Snyder’s Memorial Gardens, 5913 Kingsport Hwy. in Gray, TN. 423-477-7911
Snyder’s Memorial Gardens is proudly serving the Howe family; we are located at 5913 Kingsport Hwy. Gray, TN 37615.