CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Cecil R. Shelby, 88, formerly of Sikeston, died at 10:45 p.m. Sept. 7, 2006, at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born Aug. 27, 1918, in Dogwood, son of the late James and Effie Wilburn Shelby, he was formerly employed by Averett and Sons Implement Company in Dexter, was a U.S. Army veteran having served in World War II, and was a member of the Murray Lane Baptist Church in Sikeston where he served as a deacon for many years.
On July 12, 1941, in New Madrid, he married Violet Nelson who preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 2001.
Three brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.
Survivors include: two sons, Mitchell Shelby of Cape Girardeau and Terry Shelby of Sikeston; one daughter, Sherry Phillips of New Madrid; and eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Kelley Grubbs, pastor of Murray Lane Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston with full military rites provided by the Missouri Military Honor Guard.