EAST PRAIRIE -- Andrew "Drew" Reeves Shelby, 10, died at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 2008, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
He was born March 28, 1997, in Cape Girardeau, to Jeff Shelby and Stephanie Reeves who survive of East Prairie. Drew was a fifth grade student at Martin Elementary School in East Prairie and a member of the Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. An energetic and skilled all around sportsman, he participated in football, basketball and baseball team sports and loved to hunt and fish.
He killed his first deer in the fall of 2006 and his first turkey, from the 2007 spring season, is proudly displayed at Reeves Boomland in Charleston. It was joked that blackbirds could become an "endangered species" thanks to Drew.
He is survived by his stepmother, Lisa Shelby, and his stepfather, Jeffrey Lance Sloan, both of East Prairie; two brothers, Christopher George Shelby and Zachary Berlin Wilkins of East Prairie; one stepsister, Lexi Grace Stockman of East Prairie; maternal grandparents, Wallace and Ruth Nunn Reeves of Charleston; paternal grandparents, Elizabeth "Betty" Dawes Shelby of Brookfiled, Wis.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, George U. Shelby Jr.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Charleston where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Jon Archie, pastor of Elm Street Baptist Church of Charleston, officiating. Eulogies will be offered by his basketball coach, Darrell Jones; baseball coach, Mitchell Aters; and football coach, Mikey Johnson.
Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Pallbearers will be Taylor Burke, Joe Wendt, John Malugen, Terry Pittman, Clifford Rolwing and Stephen Groves.
At dusk on Saturday, a fireworks tribute will be held for Drew at the East Prairie Industrial Park on Clay Morgan Drive.
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Memorial contributions may be made to:
St.Jude Childrens Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942