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Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA

OBITUARY

Joseph Edwin Shelby Jr.

October 27, 1922April 28, 2013
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Joseph Edwin Shelby, Jr., 90 of Brunswick, Georgia passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10 AM in the Chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with a funeral service to start at 11AM with Rev. Marsha Cochran officiating. A reception will follow the funeral service. Burial will follow at Christ Church Cemetery. Pallbearers include Glenn Martin, Duncan Shelby, Chase Nelson, Tom Wood, Joe Shelby and Jay Reade. Joseph was born October 27, 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Joseph E. Shelby, Sr., and Edith Attwood. He proudly served and retired from the United States Navy as an air traffic controller and supervisor. He was a World War II Veteran, also serving during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. Joseph attended Oglethorpe University, where he played on the last football team before World War II. He also enjoyed pitching in a semi -professional league in Atlanta. After retiring from the United States Navy, Joseph worked as an employment counselor for the Department of Labor and retired in 1988. He and his wife, Mary Shelby, were directors of the Glynco Teen Club and were active in the Booster Club for Glynn Academy. He was an active member of St. Simons United Methodist Church. Joseph was a loving husband and father to his children and grandchildren. He loved helping his community in any way he could. Everyone who knew Joe Shelby loved and cherished him. Joe is preceded in death by his first wife of 58 years: Mary Shelby. He is survived by his wife: Joan Lang Shelby of St. Simons Island; one son: Duncan Shelby of St. Simons Island; two daughters: Mary Joe Shelby Winborne of Little River, SC and Bonnie Shelby Martin (Glenn) of Atlanta, GA; six granddaughters: Allison Wood (Tom), Kate Everett Runge (Johnny), Woodley Everett Nelson (Chase), Carrie Martin Graf (John), Anna Rae Martin and Jill Shelby Reade(Jay); one grandson: Joe Duncan Shelby; seven great grandchildren: Cooper Wood, Crawford Nelson, Everett Nelson, Mary Livingston Nelson, Coy Reade, Mia Anna Graf and Bryson Reade. He is also survived by many other relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to St. Simons United Methodist Church.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 2, 2013

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William Lucas Jones ACCS

July 13, 2013

July 13, 2013 – Smoot, Wyoming

Joe was a special friend and fellow Navy Shipmate. I learned of his passing from an entry in the Fleet Reserve Association magazine. When I transferred to the Operations Department at NAS Atlanta in 1952 as an Airman, Joe was then a First Class Aircontrolman. I can freely admit that much of my leadership skills came directly from Joe.

During 1960, while serving in an Airborne Early Warning squadron at Patuxent River, Maryland, Joe reported Aboard as a Senior Chief Aircontrolman (ACCS). By then I was a First Class, and later Chief, Joe once again became my immediate supervisor. We became even closer friends. My wife, Billie and I, met Mary and were utterly charmed by her style and grace. Because of the heavy flight schedule, we were unable to socialize as much as we would have liked but we did share dinners on occasion.

I recall from that time one of Joe's favorite jokes was that when they retired, they were going to move to St Simons Island and open up a Frog Farm.

I went on to instructor duty at Olathe, Kansas. In less than a year, we moved the schools to NAS Glynco at Brunswick, Georgia. In 1963, Joe reported aboard at the advanced “B” school.

Joe and Mary retired from the Navy while living on St. Simon's. I often wondered how their Frog Farm succeeded.

I remember with warm affection, Joe and Mary. They played an important part in much of my life. I can't help but think, “Gentle Giant” when I think of Joe. I hope this tribute reveals to his many friends and family a little known side of Joe. It was a great honor to have known him. I have wept many tears upon learning of his passing.

Joe was a true Patriot. His service to our country reflects the highest traditions of the Naval Service of the United States of America.

May 2, 2013

Dear Bonnie, Glenn, Carrie and Anna,
So sorry to hear about your Dad passing. Your Dad had a wonderful spirit and led a meaningful life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Jeff and Janet

Denny & Lou Ann Silva

May 2, 2013

Dear Bonnie, Mary Jo, Duncan and Family,

Please accept my sincere sympathy regarding the loss of your dear father. I thought the world of Joe Shelby - a man's man for sure, and a man who spoke the truth. I admired him greatly and liked visiting with him when Dennis and I would ride by on our bikes on Saturday mornings. May the Good Lord grant you His peace during this difficult time.

Vicky Cox

May 1, 2013

A man among men. I shall miss his stories that he told so well. The way his face lit up when he saw you, that sweet gentleness, but most of all... I shall miss his presence. It was a joy and a blessing to know him. Go Rest High on that Mountain Joe!

Tamika Pridgon

May 1, 2013

I never met Mr. Joe, but I heard many wonderful stories about him from his granddaughter, Jill. May he rest in peace and our Lord comfort the family during their time of bereavement.
Tamika

Carol Leigh

May 1, 2013

Dear Shelby Family,
My sympathy goes out to you all. I worked with Joe at the Dept of Labor. Years after he retired job seekers would come in and ask for him. He made a lasting impression on everyone he helped during his DOL years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed. Love

Michael Anderson

May 1, 2013

To Bonnie and the Shelby Family, I pray that God will sustain and give each of you peace during this time.

Linda Shelby

April 30, 2013

To know Joe, was to love Joe.
He not only taught our children how to ride bikes, build carts from old lawn mowers, love of hiking in the mountains, and how to drive - he taught by living with integrity, honesty, strength and devotion with an unconditional love of family.
It is a blessing to have been a part of his life with so many special memories. Love to all...

Barbara Jo Mixson

April 30, 2013

I have so many fond memories of the Shelby Family. I remember fishing on the St. Johns River with Mr. Joe and Mrs. Mary, Mary Joe, Bonnie and Duncan. I remember swimming with the manatees! In Virginia Beach, there are memories of riding the "shoot to shoot" that Mr. Joe built. As teenagers, I recall visiting St. Simon's Island and having the living room floor filled with teenagers sleeping after a dance. Mr. Joe was always the hub of his family and loved people and kids. He always had a sense of humor and love of life. He will be deeply missed. Barbara Jo Burney Mixson

Sherry Woods-McKenzie

April 30, 2013

Dear Ms. Joan, I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap you up in His loving arms and provide you with comfort as only He can. I will surely miss Mr. Joe and without doubt, this world has lost a great man. I have great memories of time shared with the two of you and will cherish those memories in my heart forever. Love, Sherry

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