May 19, 1960 – February 3, 2020
Christopher Shelby was born on May 19, 1960 and passed away on February 3, 2020.
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February 5, 2020
Chris, or Shelby as we all knew him, was a steady fixture at the Amarillo airport for many years. I first remember meeting him probably 20 years ago. I think he may have worked for ASA airlines at the time, and I would see him darting around the airport, never in one spot for very long. Some time later he went to work for TacAir fueling airplanes. That's when I began to be better acquainted with him. I worked for an airline and Shelby was reliable and competent, something very valuable when you're trying to turn a flight on time. About eight years ago he came to work at the airline my husband and I worked for and that's when we really got to know him.
Some of my best memories of Shelby are of him bringing me huge stacks of luxury home magazines from TacAir. He knew I loved to look thru them so every quarter at magazine change I could always expect a special delivery from Shelby. I still have bookshelves full of them in my house to remember him by.
Anyone who knew Shelby knew he was ALWAYS hungry. He was always happy to share a meal with you. As a matter of fact, if he happened to come in the break room when you were eating something yummy, you might as well find another plate, because he would give you that look that said "sure would love some of that". He was also always happy to return the favor.
One of my husband's favorite Shelby stories is of a day several years ago when we were all working for the same airline. We'd had a flight cancellation and Shelby had gotten a call on the radio to go in the back and pull a red bag for a passenger who wasn't traveling. It had been a while and my husband went back to see if he needed help finding the bag. He found Shelby staring at a cart full of bags, a look of puzzled confusion on his face. He looked at my husband and said "which one is the red one?" There was only one red bag on the whole cart but, you see, Shelby was color blind! They both got a good laugh out of that one.
We are going to miss our friend Shelby.
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