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James Statham
06-17-2008, 09:18 PM
Shelley's wishes were for everyone to remember him as he was, enjoying what he loved to do, and requested not to have a funeral service. The family would like to hold a memorial service in his honor. It will be held Friday June 20th at 7:00 PM at the following location:

Davis Funeral Chapel
6912 N.E. Loop 820
N. Richland Hills, TX. 76180


Flowers may be sent to:

Davis Funeral Chapel
6912 N.E. Loop 820
N. Richland Hills, TX. 76180

If you wish to make a donation, please send to:

American Hospice
3124 S.E. Loop 820
Ft. Worth, TX. 76140

caroby
06-17-2008, 09:58 PM
Thank You James,
cale

Joe Duke
06-18-2008, 06:35 AM
Shelley Rush Davidson was born April 10, 1945 and passed away on June 17, 2008.

Shelley lived in Richland Hills since 1957 where his parents settled after his Dad retired from the Air Force. Shelley graduated from high school in Richland Hills and then attended one year of college. He also served in the Army Reserve as an MP. In early years, Shelley was a professional bee keeper and took his bees and followed the growing season from East Texas to California and South Dakota. During this time, Shelley was very active in breeding queen bees for the industry and invented the most common queen bee transplant cell still in use today. At another time, Shelley spent 12 years as an independent truck driver criss crossing all the lower 48 states. Most recently, Shelley was an independent insurance adjuster working for various insurance companies after major disasters.
Shelley was an avid outdoorsman who loved his hunting and fishing. About 8 or 9 years ago, he became interested in benchrest shooting and has been an active competitor since that time. He got started gunsmithing by building his own rifles and has been instrumental in developing several new benchrest rifle concepts. His “tinker toy” rifle was a radical departure from common rifle building concepts but he proved that different ideas could and would work. Shelley was a member of both the National Benchrest Shooters Association and the North Texas Shooters Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived three daughters; two grandsons; one brother; and one sister; and friends from all over the world.
Shelley would most like to be remembered for living his life by the “Golden Rule” and by the job he did in rearing his three daughters to be fine young women. He is also remembered for being an active experimenter who loved to shoot all kinds of rifles and events. Those of us who knew him and shot with him remember his ready smile, his willingness to help anyone, and his since of humor.

333smitty
06-18-2008, 09:33 AM
Thanks for letting us know a little about Shelley. I only met him a
few times and he was always friendly and helpful.

We will be competing this week end at his home range in Denton.
He will be missed by all.:(

Vic

Butch Lambert
06-18-2008, 10:56 AM
Joe, that was very well done. He was a very special person and friend. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this. You were pretty special to him.
Butch

jaberegg
06-18-2008, 11:11 AM
One other little bit of information was he was also a sky diver!! Take care Shelley.

Jeff Aberegg

James Statham
06-19-2008, 07:32 AM
Here is a bit more info that was sent to me by one of Shelley's longtime friends. It provides a little more info. For those coming to shoot in the Hotter 'N Hell match, I know Shelley would have like for you to come by if possible.


James Statham



The internment will be as follows;

Grave side services for family members others by invitation ... 'cause that's what Shelley wanted ...

Everyone is invited to a memorial service beginning 7:00 pm Friday 6/20/2008 at:

Davis Funeral Chapel
6912 NE Loop 820
N. Richland Hills, Tx 76180

817 429-3441

followed by a celebration of life gathering at

3621 Ruth Rd
Richland Hills, Tx 76118

Everyone is invited ... bring specialty spirits if that's yur'thing 'cause Speedy was a Red Label Bud Man 'cept when he was on a diet and then it was Michelob Ultra ''cause it has less calories than a coke!" (125 he says) ...and anyway ... it's his party! ...

Shelley request that instead of flowers you make a contribution in his name to:

American Hospice
3124 SE Loop 820
Fort Worth. Tx 76140

817 551-3802

The personnel from American Hospice are wonderful! ...

Kav
06-19-2008, 11:21 PM
The first time I met Shelley I thought "HOLY CAP.. I didn't think real hillbillys shot BR!".

About a week before Shelley passed we were laughing about some of the times we all had in Denton... and I think he really loved hanging out after the matches and BSing.

Those that didn't know him... Mr Duke summed it with this statement "Shelley would most like to be remembered for living his life by the “Golden Rule”.. Shelley was the nicest guy in the world and would stop and help anyone having trouble and was friendly to everyone. Even when he shot a bad day he'd keep on laughing and having a good time.

Sadly, Shelley went before his time but he had a full life, probably fuller than most two people. That's what's pretty cool about you old guy's :).. you have some great stories and lives... my generation is just plain boring in comparison.

sebastian
06-20-2008, 01:45 PM
I just came back from another province a moment ago, read emails and find this thread.

I do not know what to say, I only feel very sad to hear that Shelley passed away...

REST IN PEACE, SHELLEY!

I miss You, my friend...!
I bought you a card two days ago when I was in Jogjakarta....thought that you're still alive and would receive my cards in a few days....

Will read the words for you Shelley...:

Because We're Friends
"Life has no joys as wonderful as friendships"

No special occasion,
no special day
Just though it might be nice to say,
You're someone who's a joy to know -
And I don't need a reason for feeling you so!

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I also bought some souveniers for you...Not very expensive...I just only hope that you can smile when receive them...

but....

I am so sorry that I am late.....!!!

TAKE CARE, MY FRIEND....I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU.


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Gentlemen,
Thanks you all here for the informations!


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Joe Duke, I would like to thanks you for your time & kind informations so far!
I will still send the card & souvenirs....Would you please put my little gift on Shelley's resting place (or his home?) after you receive it?



Many thanks in advance,
seb.

adamsgt
06-21-2008, 11:09 AM
Shelley's' three daughters gave a wonderful memorial last night. I learned more things about him that I didn't know before. While I have thousands of hours in USAF aircraft, I never jumped out of one. Shelley, however, was an accomplished skydiver with more than 1500 jumps to his credit. The girls told some stories of the adventures they had when Shelley traveled the country as a bee keeper. Particularly funny was the description of him artificially inseminating bees.

The graveside ceremony was limited to a small group of family and close friends. Most heartwarming was when his oldest daughter Page revealed that he had been buried wearing his overalls and a bench rest T-shirt. Way to go Shelley.