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James H. Shell

Editor’s note: Mayor Howard Shell’s obituary is running in this week’s Atmore Advance because it includes graveside services.

James Howard Shell, 88, passed away on Aug. 21, 2021, in Spanish Fort, where he had been a resident of Westminster Village for the past four years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Nannette Cobb Shell.

Howard was born in Excel, Alabama on October 31, 1932 to the late Edna Johnson Shell and Cary Ezekiel Shell.
Mr. Shell is survived by his children, Nancy Shell Fayard (Gary) of Atlanta, Ga. and James Burton Shell (Kim) of Pawleys Island, S.C.; as well as five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, John, Katie and Charlotte Fayard of Nashville, Tenn.,
Chris, Brittany, Liam and Isabella Fayard of Atlanta, Mollie, Mark and Charlie Schimmel of New Canaan, Conn., Laura Shell of Burlington, N.C. and Sam Shell of Denver, Colo.
Howard is also survived by his brother, Cary E. Shell Jr. (Frances); and sister, Linda Shell Tolliver (Wilbur Gotham), both of Pensacola, Fla..

Graveside services for former Shell will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery this Sat., Oct. 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. Masks and social distancing are requested.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to PRIDE OF ATMORE campaign to save the historic Strand Theatre and Atmore Hardware buildings, 5415 Hwy. 21, Atmore, AL 36502.
Notes and cards may be sent to Burt Shell, PO Box 4359, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585; and Nancy Fayard, 1985 Old Dominion Road, Atlanta, GA 30350.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.