Lee Funeral Home


Ricky C. Shell

June 26, 1954April 1, 2021
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Ricky Curtis Shell, 66, of Little River, SC passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021. Born in Winston-Salem, NC, he was the son of Curtis Shell and Shirley Shell Butt. He was the faithful and loving husband of Diane Gersdorff Conrad Shell.

A devoted member of North Strand Community Church and a Gideon, Ricky’s faith was unwavering throughout his life. Although a former owner and stylist of his own beauty salons, he was also a jack-of-all trades including management at restaurants, several retail stores, K & W Cafeteria, then Wal-Mart, then Big Lots before becoming ill.

In addition to his parents and his wife of 16 years, Ricky is survived by his son, Ryan Shell; step-daughter, Sarah Conrad Newton; two brothers, Brian Butt, Hank Shell; and one sister, Lynn Shell; one grandchild, Jack Shell; one uncle, Bill Miller of Winston-Salem.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Gideons International, PO Box 1448, Little River, SC 29566.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Lee Funeral Home and Crematory in Little River, SC. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens 3250 High Pointe Road Winston-Salem, NC on April 11, 2021 2:00 p.m.

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11 April

Graveside Service

2:00 pm

Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens

3250 High Pointe Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021


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Steve Reed

April 6, 2021

Deepest sympathy to ALL.

Diana Stoker Beason

April 6, 2021

Sincere heartfelt condolences on the loss of one so dear to our hearts. May God's peace that surpasseth all understanding be with each family member and friends during this difficult time. Love to all...❤️🕊️

Deanna Murphy

April 5, 2021

my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cynthia Jones

April 5, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Ricky’s passing Diane. I am praying for your family.

Mark & Christina Gaines

April 5, 2021

We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat Crouse

April 5, 2021

My condolences to Ricky's wife, parents and Ryan. I pray for God's comfort and peace to cover you during this time.

Pat Crouse (Simmons)

Julie M Jones

April 5, 2021

Dear Diane,
As I looked through the pictures, I was amazed by all the antics. It seems like his personality was always the same outgoing, friendly, and letting people know he was a believer. Some of his tee shirts are so revealing about the real Ricky. So glad to have known him, the person with the huge smile and open heart. I can still see him in church giving the kids some good teasing. They loved him and he loved them back.

Heaven is even more blessed than before.

Julie Jones

Ed and Rebecca Beauchamp

April 5, 2021

Sorry we will not be able to attend Celebration of Life for Ricky. Have a Dr. appointment in Wilmington NC at 3:00.

Ricky was a very special person to us. Always greeted with a smile showing love to us. It was truly to our benefit to have known him and share in worshiping the Lord with him. Ricky will hold a very special spot in our hearts.

Diane, it with deep Sympathy that we share in your loss. If we can be of help to you at anytime, please remember we are just a phone call away.

Prayers will continue for you and Family.

Love and God's comfort be with you.

Ed and Rebecca Beauchamp

Diane Shell

April 5, 2021

Ricky, my love. I am so sad that I don't get to be with you anymore. It was a long fight for both of us. You were strong and my knight in shining armor. I am blessed to have met you and been your wife for nearly 16 years. You were the best husband a wife could ever dream of having. I am "Jealous of the Angels" around the throne tonight.
You loved to joke and make people laugh, so it's fitting that you would go to Jesus on April Fool's Day. You are nobody's fool. It's also fitting that you wanted to be with Jesus for Easter.
I love you forever. I miss you and will miss you every day for the rest of my days on earth. I will be okay, because God is not done with me yet.

Nancy Duke

April 5, 2021

I had the joy of seeing Diane and Ricky at NSCC, with her loving attention to him and Ricky's adoring confidence in her care.
Rest in the love you shared, Diane.


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