Shelby Jean Porter, beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, passed away on July 2, 2023, at the age of 85. She was born on December 19, 1937, in Washington County, Mississippi to Jesse Graham Amason and Etta Marie Harmon Amason. Shelby will forever be cherished for her love of life and unwavering dedication to her family.
Shelby had a zest for life that was contagious to all those around her. She had a sweet tooth for chocolate and could often be found indulging in her favorite treat. Another one of Shelby's guilty pleasures was eating Bugles—crispy and flavorful snacks that brought her joy. In the evenings, she delighted in immersing herself in the dramatic world of soap operas, eagerly following the captivating storylines.
One of Shelby's favorite pastimes was working in her yard with her beautiful array of flowers. She possessed a green thumb and took great pride in tending to her garden. The vibrant blooms she nurtured were a testament to her nurturing spirit and love for nature.
Throughout her life, Shelby found solace in listening to gospel music. The soothing melodies uplifted her soul and brought her closer to her faith. Her unwavering love for God was evident through her dedication to reading her Bible regularly. It not only provided spiritual nourishment but also imparted valuable wisdom that she carried with her every day.
Above all else, Shelby held a deep love for her children and family. Her heart knew no boundaries when it came to their happiness and well-being. She embraced the role of a loving mother with open arms and treasured every moment spent with Gary Porter (Terri) of Clinton, Judy Morgan of Mendenhall, and Brenda McBride (James) of Morton—her precious children who brought immeasurable joy into her life.
Siblings held a special place in Shelby's heart, and she shared many beautiful memories with them. She was preceded in death by her husband, Volden W. Porter; parents, Jesse Graham Amason and Etta Marie Harmon Amason, as well as her siblings James Amason, Janell Creel, Betty Reed, and Gloria Ann Perkins. Although they are no longer physically present, their memories will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved them.
Shelby leaves behind a sister, Martha Massey of Forest, who will continue to cherish their sisterly bond. She is also survived by her five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Their lives have been deeply enriched by Shelby's love and guidance.
Services to honor Shelby's life will be held at Ott & Lee Funeral Homes - Morton located at 3555 US-80 in Morton, Mississippi. A visitation will take place on July 5th, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM for friends and loved ones to pay their respects.
The funeral service will be held on July 6th, 2023, beginning at 11:00 AM at the same location. Family and friends are invited to gather together to celebrate Shelby's remarkable life and find solace in each other's company during this difficult time.
Following the funeral service, a graveside service will be held at Parkway Baptist Cemetery in Morton at noon. It will serve as a quiet moment of reflection as Shelby is laid to rest beside her loved ones who have gone before her.
In addition to her family, Shelby leaves behind a host of dear friends whose lives she touched with her kindness and warmth. Her memory will forever remain etched in their hearts as they carry forward the lessons and love she shared with them.
Shelby Jean Porter's departure from this world leaves an indescribable void. However, her legacy of love, faithfulness, and devotion will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to have known her. She has left an enduring imprint on the hearts of loved ones, and her spirit will live on through the countless memories they hold dear.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity close to your heart in Shelby's name. These acts of kindness will honor her memory and reflect the generosity she demonstrated in her own life.