UPDATE: WAFB will air a news story about Shelby tonight (Thursday, 10/24) at 6:00 pm>>> Times Picayune article
sticky request, please.
If you’re not able to watch I hope you will read this post to appreciate how deeply Shelby’s death will be felt by his family, his friends and this community. For those that knew Shelby I hope you’ll find yourself nodding and grinning and for those that didn’t I hope you read this and understand what an honor and rarity it was to know such a man. Image: https://edce3g.bn1.livefilestore.com/y2pHx1L8MxLkosC5F2UNpAdM4SyujBsxkOEJ_q-8LFvTEPt7hhrnXBhyWf0R8MpSXLVZjQrFM5uABHrKja0yq-0MXcesj97yNVriJHDx_zFTD8/GEDC0478.JPG?psid=1
First and foremost he was a phenomenal person. The reason you were always glad to see Shelby is because Shelby was always happy to see you. He radiated life, joy, friendliness and an indomitable spirit.
He was a huge Saints fan and season ticket holder, a huge LSU fan and a big time NASCAR fan. He was always up on the team, never carried a loss beyond the night and relished in every win like it was a championship. Image: https://edce3g.bn1.livefilestore.com/y2pq4XY9W1IksFU2Dsm-_CXepjljqK2_RcTFYNP9KlT24CIbH9cm5q0B-lL6CI0U4nmMdpdFDDhWfL4XYx0C8lxs3uRm_Z4zbNJp4aa1rkUIWA/GEDC0422.JPG?psid=1
You may have read that Shelby didn’t drive. That was one of his charms. He walked most places or caught a ride with friends or acquaintances and always managed to get where he was going. Sometimes after LSU or Saints games you could run into Shelby celebrating and ask him how he was getting home. More than likely he would grin, shrug his shoulders and mischievously declare “I let my ride go.” Image: https://edce3g.bn1.livefilestore.com/y2pHq1SGtaIQV37bDBbi0naySWl-5jUnINmW1OkJFp0FJBp6f3kb3VNqmhPYYGwosrN1SYd-FX4wYY24_AXmMOBfnXj_uA-ADEjkjg-fuqjNtc/WHO%20DAT!.jpg?psid=1
It never ceased to amaze me how he always managed to show up or get home or go places. But the funny thing was I don’t remember him ever asking for a ride. I guess people just wanted to be around him so you volunteered to take him home or bring him where he needed to go. His wanderer’s spirit only added to his life embracing attitude and no doubt resulted in a view of life that was very different than the view we see speeding past our rearview mirror. Image: https://6nrhfw.bn1.livefilestore.com/y2pCdhTX2LbTeXf5_pmKZinr07Cp4VTgaXELZGmAIg27jIUfaHLB1HXWI_aIbnJZYeSnD7npzOR-ma1W895X0Ykr1nuvwVp1Xx5hkgZyWAP1EE/DSC00464.JPG?psid=1
He made friends easily and often and was loyal, honest, kind and thoughtful always. He would send random packages to friends not living in Baton Rouge or New Orleans with gifts from games like the LSU championship or the Saints Superbowl. You’ve probably read that he lived in a rough part of town. That was true and if you ever found yourself bringing him home he would make light of it and seem to take it in stride, but finding out that he lived there to help his mother made you understand why. Image: https://edce3g.bn1.livefilestore.com/y2p3pitq02vFAkaOtLkKcj79M0q5fDV2d11iIPQuO40qy0z5lHodijxIqhLGga6Lejv_4d4NTDuOtSa9TqipHRuZXdTffUgoCxt0YjHBtQttGc/DSC03993.JPG?psid=1
I guess the best way to describe Shelby is to say he was one of the rare people that gave so much more to life than he asked in return. The sadness so many of us feel is because his death leaves an ache in our hearts and a hole in our lives that we simply can’t put into words. But I can still manage a smile when I think of him and how he lived, knowing that a light as bright as his is never extinguished it is merely born anew. Image: https://edce3g.bn1.livefilestore.com/y2pHLVjlXMyV1uCNlVKznwkggq_lJB7BkWuYzbtON669eaEDEGsu6Qe5UZLhhUM-I91y3IkJfsYl4DHQzowG4eJxFVSwP_bgn_n2N6NCjO7RTI/DSC00471.JPG?psid=1
This post was edited on 10/24 at 5:34 pm