Orfeus Lance Shankle

March 23, 2017


Our beloved son, brother, and friend peacefully passed away on March 23, 2017 at the age of 26. He was so unique, incredibly loved, and a great teacher to us all.

Among his many accomplishments, he graduated from Providence Day School and Duke University. His greatest achievement was touching the lives of all people he met in spite of the odds.

He is survived by his mother, Isabel Skovgaard Shankle, his father, Lance Shankle, his sisters, Carleen and Elisa Shankle and numerous extended family and friends.

A private committal will be held at Evergreen Cemetery. A memorial service to celebrate Orfeus’s life will be held at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave., Charlotte at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 1, 2017. A visitation with the family will be held immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. www.hazeldenbettyford.org/donate.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte NC 28204. Online condolences at www.kennethpoeservices.com Phone: 704 641-7606



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  • Louise Kjaer and family

    Words cannot describe how sorry we feel for you, Isabel, Carleen, Elisa and Lance. Orfeus will be in our hearths and memory for ever - a wonderful, wonderful boy and man. Love from Boris, Sofia and Louise

  • Suzette Whitley

    Isabel & family: I am so sorry to hear about Orfeo, who was a remarkable young man even back when we knew him at Oakboro School. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Elaine Shankle

    Praying for the entire family. My God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you. He has earned his wings.