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Charles Shelby Jr., 88, of Richmond, husband of the late Rita Ernestine Stephens. Charles passed away Sunday in Brookdale at Richmond Place in Lexington, KY.
He was born in Harlan, KY, November 8, 1929, son of the late Charlie and Nell Laws Shelby.
He was the former executive vice president of marketing for Commonwealth Life Insurance Co. of Louisville (Transamerica), and co-founder of Profile Solutions, Inc. of La Follette, TN. He served on the boards of numerous organizations including the National Association of Life Insurance Companies, the Kentucky Association of Life Underwriters, the Madison County Association of Life Underwriters and the Commercial Travelers Association.
He was an active member of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, the Madison County Historical Society, the Civil War Round Table and the McDowell House of Danville, KY. He was also a Kentucky colonel.
As a licensed minister in the Church of God of Cleveland he served as a pastor in Evarts and Totz, KY. He evangelized, served as choir director, taught and held key staff positions in many churches throughout the state. He was a current member, elder and former men's minister at Victory World Outreach Center of Richmond.
Surviving are three sons, Mack (Beverly) Shelby, Ken (Mary) Shelby, and the Rev. Rick (Cindy) Shelby; and one daughter, the Rev. Debra (the late Rev. Philip) Holman; eight grandchildren, the Rev. Chris (Becky) Holman, Adrienne (Chris) Martin, Michael Shelby, Megan (Steven) Mayes, Rebecca (Richard) Easterling, Alyssa (Trenton) Fyffe, Tiffany (Clint) Ratliff and Evan Teague; and 13 great-grandchildren, Brittany and Taylor Shelby, Gabriel, Isaiah and Shelby Holman, Adelyn, Silas and Sutton Mayes, Torin Martin, Madison Teague and Gavin, and Easton and Zach Ratliff; other survivors include a brother-in-law, Arvis Ray Stephens (Joanne) of Lexington; a very special nephew, Charles Ballou of Louisville; and a host of cherished relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Roy Shelby; two sisters, Anna Lee Ballou Brumley and Alene Perkins; a very special niece, Norma Jean Farmer; and a very special Aunt, Faye Cain Sears.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at Victory World Outreach Center of Richmond with the Rev. Rick Shelby and the Rev. Chris Holman officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Victory World Outreach Center.
A private family interment will be at noon Friday, February 16, 2018, at White Oak Cemetery in Nancy, KY.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bluegrass Navigators (Hospice).
Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 13, 2018
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