Whitten Funeral Home/Park Avenue

1336 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA


Shelby Jean Rice

November 11, 1960May 19, 2020

Shelby Jean Rice, 59, of Lynchburg passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at her residence.

She was born in Lynchburg on November 11, 1960, a daughter of the late Mayberry Joseph Rice, Sr. and Myrtle Lee Shifflett Rice. She was a retired computer analyst with Nationwide Insurance.

She is survived by a sister, Rita Hartless and her husband, Michael of Forest; a brother, M. Joseph Rice, Jr. and his wife, Katrina of Lynchburg; a special niece, Dr. Jaime Hartless of New York City, numerous nieces and nephews; her caring family, Glenn and Paula Forrest and their daughter, Shelvia of Forest.

Per Shelby’s wishes there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers please consider making memorial contributions in Shelby’s honor to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org or The Lynchburg Humane Society at 1211 Old Graves Mill Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24502.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenparkave.com.

Whitten Park Ave Chapel is serving the family, (434) 845-4521.


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Maria Stroobants lll

May 27, 2020

I remember Shelby vividly. Her brother Joe Rice worked for us . At one our events years past the band was o no show . Shelby did came in as our savior DJ.

Amist guests and party party entertainment: I had the chance to say hi and thanked her for being there with her equipment and cheerful music. Her beautiful smile and uplifting personality will remain in my memories forever. RIP

My sincere condolences to all her kin and friends. Maria

Carole Brooks

May 26, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of Shelby. We all hung out in our younger years, and I have so many fun and special memories of her. We would leave class at CVCC and head to Ground Round. So many good times were had there, especially the nights the band was playing. Her musical talent was amazing and I will always remember her singing the Dog and the Butterly, her voice was incredible, and oh how she loved Carol King. We would also hang out at Ned Hudson’s cabin and they would play drums and of course wash their TR6”s in the yard. All my memories of all those years include her and I am so thankful for those and our friendship, what a beautiful soul. I can see her sitting at the bar with a beer talking to Frank her buddy and belting that beautiful voice out. I consider myself blessed to have been part of her life those years. God bless.

Jackie Lipscomb

May 25, 2020

Rita, Joey, and Family,

We were so sorry to hear about Shelby’s passing, it was always nice to hear her cheerful “Hello’s”, from across the street! She will be missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jackie Lipscomb, Sam Phillips, and Chad Phillips

Howard Dickey

May 25, 2020

I have nothing but fond memories of a good friend and much laughter when I think of Shelby. The miles had separated us over the years since the 80s, but I will always remember our laughs. Rest in peace, and condolences to your family and friends.

Tami LeoGrande

May 23, 2020

You will be missed my dear friend. So enjoyed your drumming and sense of humor for so many years. Blessings and peace to loved ones.

Dianne Roese

May 22, 2020

Rita & Joey, so sorry for your loss!

Shelby was a dear friend. She was like having a big bright umbrella always close at hand on life's gray days.

There's a ribbon of memories stretching out between us that will never go away.

Fly high little Angel!

Shelly Cooke

May 21, 2020

Rita, Joey and family. When I think of Shelby I see her smile and hear her laugh. I remember the old days of listening to her play drums in several bands and cruising around in her yellow Triumph. She sang and played guitar at my wedding. She’s a part of a lot of my happy memories. I will miss her. My prayers are with the family.

Gary Smoot

May 21, 2020

Shelby was always a happy person. Everytime I'd see her she was always smiling. Such a beautiful and caring person 💕

Debbie Lipscomb

May 21, 2020

Joey and family, I was sadden after reading about Shelby's passing. She and I went to school together at Brookville and I considered her a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tough time.

Cindy Brooks Shelton

May 21, 2020

Rita, Joey & Family - I'm so sorry to hear of Shelby's passing. I remember her from years ago when your family lived near us. Been years since I've seen her. May God be with you all & remember all the good times with her.
Rest in Peace!

Cindy Brooks Shelton


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