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Justin Shane Howard

March 7, 2023

Justin Shane Howard, 48, of Amherst passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2023. He was the husband of Amy Cobb Howard.

Justin was born in Lynchburg, January 20, 1975, a son of Robert Howard and Sybil Fariss Nicely, and his stepfather Donnie Nicely. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son Cody Howard, daughter Logan Howard, brother Jackie Howard, foster-sister Mary Ford, sister-in-law Tina Howard, and two close friends Brent Childress and Vinny Barbour.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit


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My heart and my prayers go out to Justin’s family through this most difficult time. I worked with Justin for many years. He loved animals and would send me pictures of all his beautiful dogs. At Christmas I asked him how he got his big huge wreath up on his house and tease him he had to come put mine up here in Ohio. He loved his family and he will truly be missed . God Bless.

Posted by Lisa Camargo on March 13, 2023

Justin, I am thankful that you helped find and return home an 18 year old mostly blind cat like me; I have not lived here long enough to know how to get home. A month in August is a long time to be scared and alone. thank you Justin Tigger

Posted by Tigger on March 12, 2023

In the short time we have known Justin, we have been moved by his kind heart, willingness to extend himself to help others as best he could, his love for people, animals great and small, and his fierce loyalty to his family and friends. But mostly, it was obvious to anyone who spent any time with Justin, that he loved his family more than life itself. He would always drop by to bring flowers from the gardens of Sybil, his devoted and caring mother whom he loved greatly; Amy, his beloved wife whom within every conversation he expressed his undying love and adoration and his two children, Cody and Logan, that he was so proud of and held so close to his heart. Our prayers and condolences are with his family; and we will pray that they cling to that Blessed Hope, that all dead in Christ, those who have asked forgiveness and claimed the blood of Christ as their atonement, and simply called out to God, as Christ did with one of the thieves with whom he was crucified. That Blessed Hope that one day Justin will be reunited, without fault or blemish, and all in Christ will see their loved ones again, and for eternity. Enjoy your new home Justin, and we look forward to seeing you again.

Posted by Jacqueline Johnson (mother and friend) and Donald (son and friend) Johnson on March 12, 2023

Praying for Justin’s family during this difficult time. I worked at BWXT with Justin - he will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous on March 12, 2023

My heart is full of sorrow for you Sybil and all of Justin’s family. Prayers

Posted by Celeste Shirlen on March 12, 2023

Sybil we are very sorry to hear of your loss!! Prayers for you and your family ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🌹

Posted by Virginia Holt on March 12, 2023

Remembering awesome memories traveling and playing baseball ⚾. We were the Blue Jays! Good times!

Posted by Chris Dalton on March 12, 2023

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