April 20, 2013
Date of Service: April 24, 2013
Section: Garden of the Last Supper
Charles G. “Bud” Shell, age 79, of Mosheim, TN, died Saturday afternoon, April 20, 2013, at his home.
He was born on May 20, 1933, in Elizabethton, TN, a son of the late Charles and Mildred Shell. He graduated from Elizabethton High School and received a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from East Tennessee State University.
He was a retired epidemiologist from the Asheville-Oteen V.A. Medical Center.
Mr. Shell proudly served his country by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for 28 years, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. He also served 13 years in the Army National Guard and retired with the rank of 1st Sergeant. While a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Johnson City, he helped his unit achieve numerous 1st place awards at the local, state, and national levels for marksmanship in M1 Rifle and 45 competition, as well as earning individual awards in the same competition shooting. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Elbert Kinser Detachment.
He was a member of Bibles Chapel Baptist Church.
Bud enjoyed his farm in the Bibles Chapel Community and was an extra class Ham Radio Operator with AARL. He enjoyed reading and collecting military memorabilia.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law: Kimberly R. and Larry Henderson of Chuckey; one son and daughter-in-law: David and Suzi Shell of Midway; grandchildren: Joshua Mack Williamson, Megan Ashley-Marie Williamson, Ashley Elizabeth Shell, Jessica Vivian Shell, Timothy Allen Shell, and Amber Shell; one brother and sister-in-law: David P. and Shirley Shell of Johnson City; one brother-in-law and his wife: Gene and Alma Hackney of Mountain City; several nieces and nephews; two loyal companions, his cats: Leroy and Rufus.
He was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life: Doris Shell; one son: Gordon Shell; one brother and sister-in-law: Jack and Myrtle Shell.
The family will receive friends from 3 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, 1125 Tusculum Blvd. Greeneville, TN 37745.
Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Doughty-Stevens Chapel. Wade McAmis will officiate. Military graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Happy Valley Memorial Park in Elizabethton. Lima Co. 3rd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment of Gray, TN, will convey military honors and serve as active pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the service.
Honorary pallbearers will be his “comrades” with whom he served in the military.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Blaine Rhea Scholarship Fund, c/o Elbert Kinser Detachment, Marine Corps League, P. O. Box 1226, Greeneville, TN 37744.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.doughty-stevens.com.