March 22, 2012

(3/30/1938 - 3/17/2012)

Billie J. Shelley, 73, of rural Memphis, Missouri, died at his home on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

He was born March 30, 1938, in Scotland County, Missouri to William Jewell and Mary Belle Kirkland Shelley.

He grew up in Scotland County, and was a 1956 graduate of Memphis High School.

He married Joanna Peck on February 4, 1956, at Adair, Missouri and to this union seven children were born.

Billie was an over-the-road truck driver for many years before retiring in 2008. He was a social member of the V.F.W. in Memphis.

He is survived by his wife, Joanna, of rural Memphis, three sons: Mark Shelley and his wife Dianna, of Canton, Missouri; Greg Shelley and his wife, Beverly, of Memphis, Missouri; Chris Shelley and his wife, Christy, of Naples, Florida; four daughters: Janie Parton of Memphis; Sherry Lantz and her husband, Dave, of Columbia, Missouri; Sindi Burke and her husband, Jack, of St. Charles, Missouri; Lana McRobert and her husband, Dave, of Memphis; fifteen grandchildren: Brian Shelley, Evan Shelley, Jeffrey Shelley, Josh Shelley, Jared Shelley, Kyle Shelley, Sarah Shelley, Ian Simons, Hannah Simons, William McRobert, Grant McRobert, Charlotte McRobert, Mindy Parton, Heather Gjorgjievski, Colin Burke, and many great grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Bobby Shelley and his wife, Lois; two sisters: Nancy Girardin and Louise Newland, all of Memphis; many, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Cody Shelley and a son-in-law, Rick Parton.

Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life was held at Memphis Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 10 A.M. Burial of cremains followed in the Dover Cemetery in Rural Scotland County. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren.

To honor the memory of Billie, a memorial may be made to the American Heart Association and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences may be made to the Shelley family by logging on to

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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