Corinth man dies in tractor accident

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

A Corinth man died following an accident over the weekend.

Mike Howe, 44, died when a tree  that he was moving with his tractor snapped and hit him in the head.

The accident occurred around 6:15 p.m.

Howe had been cutting trees, dragging them to the rear of his property and splitting them for firewood.

Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said Howe was using the bucket on his tractor to raise and move the trees.

“It looked like the tree slipped, snapped and then flew back and hit him,” Dills said.

Family members found Howe slumped over the tractor’s steering wheel.

Police originally believed Howe may have been shot, but ruled that out after an investigation.

“The original call for help came in as a gunshot, but we found no gun and later after looking at the area where the accident occurred determined that the tree had hit him,” Dills said.

Police said gunshots were heard in the area, but believe it was hunters in the nearby woods. Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Conrad handled the investigation.

“This is just one of those rare accidents,” Dills said. “I can relate because I’ve used a tractor in the same way. We just don’t really know why the tree did what it did.”

Howe was a carpenter, a member of the Corinth Baptist Church and was an Army veteran.

Howe’s friends say he was a “real solid guy.”

Todd Robinson knew Howe well. Robinson said the pair often hunted together.

“He was the epitome of what everyone aspires to be,” Robinson said. “He worked hard for everything he had. He treated people fairly and believed that would come back to him.”

Robinson said he was hunting nearby when he received a text message that something had happened at Howe’s house.

“It’s just hard to believe,” Robinson said.

Robinson said Howe worked with his hands and had completed several roofing jobs for friends.

“I don’t think anyone who met him didn’t like him,” Robinson said. “He just looked at the sunny side of things. He was extremely positive and down to earth; always laughing and smiling.”

According to Grant County Coroner Bob McDaniel, Howe died from blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead at his home by Deputy Coroner Lamar Fowler.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Wade Howe; his parents,  Lee and Linda Callahan Howe of Corinth, a step daughter, seven sisters, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4 at the Corinth Baptist Church.

A memorial fund for Howe’s family has been set up by friends at 5th/3rd Bank.