Michael Graham Shook, 68, died April 17, 2015. Mike was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He was very engaged in helping others and served on the board of Ship of Zion church, helped start their community grocery, served at the Soup Kitchen in Raleigh, mentored for the Jobs for Life program and was active at Hope Community Church and YMCA. His love of Christ and study of the Word of God drove him to put giving in front of receiving.
Mike was raised in an Air Force family and spent his youth traveling the world. Born in Portales, NM he graduated from high school at London Central. He went to North Texas State University and gained his degree from NYU. Mike enjoyed success on both the football field and in the business world. He was an All Missouri Conference defensive back, and was drafted by and played with the Washington Redskins before turning to the business world. After an exceptional sales career with AM International where he rose to head the company’s Federal Systems Division, he moved to Boston to become a successful entrepreneur and helped take a company public. His southern roots called and he moved to Cary, NC and founded what became Strategic Technologies (STI). His success in building that company from scratch earned him the NC Entrepreneur of the Year. More importantly it allowed him to spread his incredible leadership and values to a tight knit group of STI team members. After selling the business, he remained in the RTP area and spent his time mentoring start-up technology companies.
He is survived by his wife, Tanya Bollinger Shook; son, Michael Steven Shook and wife, Katie; stepdaughter, Allie Stevens; grandchildren, Emery, Harper, Michael, and Hunter Shook; father, Hal Shook and wife, Marilyn; brothers, Will and Steve Shook.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Rae Shook and brother, Dave Shook.
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The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2015 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, NC 27606. Burial will follow at Wake Memorial Park, 7002 Green Hope School Road, Cary, NC 27519.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mike at: tinyurl.com/ShookYMCA
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