Shellie J. Blair

October 28, 1958January 20, 2019
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Shellie Jean McDaniel Blair age 60 of Knoxville, passed away January 20, 2019 at her home. Shellie enjoyed time with her family and especially loved cooking. She loved to shop, going to the beach, working on fixing up her home and she loved her yard and garden of many flowers. She was a loving mother and wife and will be greatly missed. She never met a stranger and had too many friends to list. She loved to talk and never had a problem striking up a conversation with anyone. She had battled colorectal cancer a few years ago and developed stage 4 lung cancer in 2018. Preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Imogene McDaniel; sister, Susan Anderson. Survived by her loving husband, Scott Blair; children, Amanda Carol Loy, Daniel Adam Wright and Jeffrey David Blair; step-daughter, Leighann Blair; grandchildren, Logan Loy and Noah Loposser; siblings, Sandy Baggett-McCandless, Sherry Jackson, Sheena Allen and Scott McDaniel. The family will receive friends 6-7 pm Thursday at Weaver’s Chapel with a celebration of life service to follow at 7 pm. Rev. Walter Hill officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone that would like to plant a tree or plant in her honor this spring would be appreciated or donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She loved plants and nature and this would be a great way to remember her.


  • Orville McDaniel, Father
  • Imogene McDaniel, Mother
  • Susan Anderson, Sister
  • Scott Blair, Husband
  • Amanda Carol Loy, Daughter
  • Daniel Adam Wright, Son
  • Jeffrey David Blair, Son
  • Leighann Blair, Step-daughter
  • Logan Loy, Grandchild
  • Noah Loposser, Grandchild
  • Sandy Baggett-McCandless, Sister
  • Sherry Jackson, Sister
  • Sheena Allen, Sister
  • Scott McDaniel, Brother


  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, January 24, 2019

Shellie J. Blair

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Nicholas Harper

January 26, 2019

Very rarely do you meet someone like you, it was an honor to get to know you and spend time with you. I remember when me and Barbara first traveled to Knoxville and we were going to hang out for the first time without my parents and not being in Daytona and in the hotel I was feeling anxious because I thought what If you guys were to kidnap Us it would have been a hell of a story! I miss you always and thank you for everything you did for my mom making her stronger for her to face criticism you are a wonderful person.

Rylie Harper

January 26, 2019

Shellie was a beautiful person inside and out I remember all the conversations I had with her and not one word that she ever spoke was negative. Shellie was a gift to all of us, I am so beyond blessed to have known her. She has tremendously impacted me because of how strong of a fighter she was even through all the pain she praised God I will love Shellie always ❤️

Anne Harper

January 25, 2019

Shellie, You’re my best friend.I am forever thankful for the love you shared with me and my family.I miss you so much and think of you, ALWAYS! I thank you for the talks that I will miss each day..I would love to hear the stories you shared , and to see the love you had for everyone around you! My vacations will never be the same.You made my life worth living.. God Blessed me with you ...I can’t wait to see you again.I will ALWAYS love you. ❤️

Buddy Berney

January 24, 2019

Shellie , we will surely miss you! I didn't know you for a long period of time,but the time that I had around you, you brought joy into my life! You had such great love for your family and friends. I will miss your funniness, your cooking , seeing you proud of your family, your cracking on Mandy and laughing about it. We know you are smiling down over us and enjoying seeing us all together!! Keep that big smile going as you always did! Until we meet again , Godspeed!!

Chasity Blair

January 24, 2019

Shellie was my beautiful stepmom,I wish we could have gotten closer than we were but I’m glad I got to spend thanksgiving and Christmas with her. She will be missed by so many especially by her kids and my Daddy, thank you Shellie for loving my dad so much you all were soul mates and had a love like no other

Daniel Adam Wright

January 24, 2019

I will greatly miss my momma. She cared for everyone and never wanted anyone left out. She would give you her last time to help you. She taught me to be a better person. "I love you better Momma!"

Mandy Loy

January 24, 2019

Shellie was my mother, my heart, my soul, and my safe haven. She made my childhood the best ,and Always made me feel safe. If I grow in to half of the woman that she was, then I will consider myself extremely lucky. Maybe I’m selfish wanting her here with me, but I know now that you’re not in pain or suffering. You’ll always be in my memories and thoughts. One day we will be together in heaven. I love you better Momma.

-your little girl , Mandy

Scott Blair

January 24, 2019

Shellie. There is no words to describe how much I miss you baby. You was an amazing woman mother and most of all wife and life partner. As you fault the awful disease you never once aks why me. All I would hear you say is I’m good I’m going to heaven and I’ll be waiting on you. With your infectious smile and warm heart you brought amazing friends into our life. “I love you better “ “You and me” Scott

Kimberly Hurst

January 23, 2019

My dear, sweet Shellie...oh how we will miss you. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to me. I will miss our dinners, fun in Gatlinburg, long talks or messages. You sure could decorate and always had a great recipe to tell me about. Your family was everything to you. One day we will see each other again. Praying for family and friends. Love and hugs!

Kay Bunch

January 23, 2019

I felt it a privilege to be able to take care of you and have the sweet talks that we had. I feel so lost without you, but we know that you’re in a much better place. See you in Heaven!



When Shellie J. Blair walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Shellie was and how she impacted those around her. Shellie was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Shellie wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Shellie was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Shellie was born on October 28, 1958 at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Orville and Imogene Moss McDaniel. Shellie was raised in Knoxville. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Shellie might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Shellie was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Shellie was raised with five siblings. She had one brother, Scott Allen and four sisters, Sandy Badgett-McCandless, Sherry Jackson, Susan Anderson (deceased) and Sheena Allen. Shellie was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Shellie was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Shellie well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      During her high school years, Shellie responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Central High School in 1976. Shellie was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Shellie absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Shellie, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Shellie a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Her favorite class in high school was English, she loved poetry.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Shellie was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Shellie was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Gail Douglas and Cindy Lett. Later in life, she became friends with Anne Harper and Kim Hurst.

      On September 17, 1992 Shellie married Scott Blair at her mother's home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Shellie's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Scott's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Shellie was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Shellie was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Shellie, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Blair home. Shellie's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Shellie was blessed with three children and one step child: daughter, Amanda Carol Loy; sons, Daniel Adam Wright, Jeffrey David Blair; step daughter, Leighann Blair. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Logan Loy and Noah Loposser.

      Shellie was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional homemaker. Her primary occupation was being a full time wife, mother and grandmother.

      Because Shellie loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite hobbies were shopping for good deals, gardening, cooking for her family, remodeling and decorating her home. Shellie had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Shellie's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Shellie was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She held fast in her faith and love of God and she loved singing hymns. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest.

      Shellie's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Shellie took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included her annual trips to Daytona Beach, Florida.

      Shellie Blair passed away on January 20, 2019 at home. Shellie battled stage four lung cancer. She is survived by husband, Scott Blair; daughters, Mandy Loy and Leighann Blair; sons, Daniel Adam Wright and Jeffrey Blair; sisters, Sandy Badgett-McCandless, Sherry Jackson, Sheena Allen; brother, Scott Allen. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville. Shellie's wishes were to be cremated.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Shellie. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Shellie Blair for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Shellie was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.