Jonathan William "Bear" Shell

May 8, 1965October 12, 2020

Jonathan “Bear” William Shell of Jackson, TN, passed away on October 12, 2020, in Jackson. He was 55.

He was born on May 8, 1965, in Jackson to Robert “Bob” Noble Shell and the late Brenda Jeanne (BJ) Bright Shell. He graduated from Tomball High School in Harris County, Texas. He served in the United States Navy on board the USS Nassau, an amphibious assault ship stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia. His tours of duty included Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. He received his Associates Degree from Jackson State Community College and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Memphis. He worked as an I.T. Consultant and a Lead Autocad Draftsman.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto Sr. and Elisbeth Bright.

He is survived by his wife, Janis Carroll of Jackson; his son, Tony Carroll of Memphis; his father, Robert “Bob” Noble Shell, of Houston, TX; his five brothers and sisters: Rob, Jeff, Lis, Chris, and Ally all of Houston, Texas.

He also leaves behind his beloved cat, Figaro. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jackson Animal Care Center.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Shell will be cremated and memorial services will be held at a later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Jonathan William "Bear" Shell

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Tami Neidigk Shane

October 23, 2020

You will be missed. We were friends in highschool. Enjoyed keeping up on FB. Love and prayers for your family and friends.

John McStravick

October 21, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Jonathan's wife and children and to Mr. Shell and Jonathan's siblings. I went to high school with Jonathan in Texas, but haven't seen him since one of our high school reunions many years ago. Mr. Shell purchased my steer from the local FFA show one year and my wife has a picture of me, the steer and Mr. Shell hanging in our house. When I see that picture I always think of Jonathan and wondered how he was doing. I saw his post the other day on FB and sent him a message that I would keep him in my prayers. I pray that God will comfort you all in this time of loss.

Barbara Gray

October 16, 2020

Jonathan's smile and pleasing personality will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you and your family. Praying for all.


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