Elder Wilbert Shell, Jr. 80, answered his call from God and transitioned quietly on Tuesday, August 29, 2023.
Elder Shell was born March 30, 1943, in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. He was preceded by his parents Wilbur and Annie Lee (Robertson) Shell, son Thurmon Salters, five brothers: James C. Shell, Carl M. Shell, Cedric B. Shell, Leroy Shell, and LaFayette M. Shell and two sisters: Willie Mae Crumpton and Dorothy M. Brown.
Youthful Elder Shell enjoyed listening to a Nashville radio station for relaxation after completing chores and attending McCrorey-Liston High School. When Elder Shell became a young man, he moved to his dream city, Nashville, Tennessee. He was employed at Vanderbilt University and Krispy Kreme Donut Shop. He was a member of the Turban Club. Elder Shell always believed in working his best at everything he encountered. He changed careers and moved to Hartford Connecticut, where his parents and siblings once resided. He was employed at Pratt Whitney Aircraft, UTC. East Hartford and Middletown Ct. Before his retirement at UTC, Elder Shell was honored for his service of 32 years of excellence as a working leader and a specialist building aircraft engines.
Elder Wilbert Shell will always be remembered as one of most neat, clean, well-groomed and best dressed men with matching accessories. He dressed everyday as an ambassador of Christ. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and cooking. He loved to host family gatherings during the holidays with his delicious corn bread, collards, mac and cheese. He loved to bond and communicate with his family often. Elder Shell was the cornerstone for his family. I cannot help you were words not in his vocabulary. Elder Shell was a man of his word, he would never let you down if he could help in any way. He and his wife traveled over 15 cruises, Canada, Poconos, Venezuela, and many countries. Elder Shell enjoyed spending time and taking Talik on vacation several occasions. He enjoyed the vacations with his sister Luvenia, and he looked forward to her visits to his home. He invited every relative to his home for a last-minute family reunion.
Most of all, Elder Shell loves the Lord. He gave his life to God at an early age. After moving to Connecticut, he became a member of Christ Church of Deliverance, Hartford, Ct. God called Elder Shell to Faith Center Church, Meriden Connecticut. God anointed his faithful servant Elder Wilbert Shell to become Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Minister, and Elder. In 2014, Wilbert relocated to Nashville, TN and joined Cathedral of Praise under the leadership of Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, Sr. On July 21, 2018, he was ordained as an Elder of the church. He now wears his crown in heaven! Elder Wilbert Shell is doing what he does best, praising God!
Elder Wilbert Shell Jr. leaves his legacy of love to be cherish by his wife of twenty-five years, Leslie Faye Shell (Middletown, CT), five daughters: Vanessa D. (Timothy) Cunningham (Nashville, TN), Chaka (Edward) Moore (Nashville, TN), LaTasha (Andre’) Mayers (Middletown, CT), Leslie Hunter (Dallas, GA), Shenequa Shell (Marietta, GA) grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One sister: Luvenia A. (Eddie) Wadlington (Converse, TX), Two brothers: Melvin E. (Darlene) Shell (Cibolo, TX.), Samuel E. (Sarah) Shell (Louisville, KY), host of family, church members and friends.