Eleanor McInvale Shell

Published 6:10 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Eleanor McInvale Shell, 77, passed from this life at the Hospice of West AL in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 12, 2016 to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born Nov. 14, 1938. She will be greeted by a whole host of loved ones and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was loved by everyone she met and was a servant to her fellow man. She helped take care of her late mother when she had a serious illness and took care of here late father in law when he was seriously ill. Her favorite verses in the Bible was Ruth 1:16, 17 which was all about love. Her life epitomizes these verses.

As an accomplished pianist, Eleanor played for the Lake Park Baptist Church in Lake Park, Fla., during the 1960’s. She loved Gospel music and played for her family to sing and at church gatherings. She played for numerous singing schools during the fifties and she remained a great fan of Gospel music until her death.

She was valedictorian of her senior class at Georgiana High School class of ‘56. She was also secretary of the Sr. class and she was secretary of the Student Council in her Sr. year. She was voted best personality in her Jr. year. She was President of the National Honor Society in her Sr. year. She attended Girls State for leadership during her Jr. year in recognition of her leadership ability. She was a member of numerous other clubs at Georgiana High School. She was a member of the Guyton Sunday school class at Calvary Baptist in Tuscaloosa. She gave her time volunteering for church, school and civic projects over the years. She was a charter member of the Eastlake Garden Club and served as treasurer for many years. The club did many civic projects.

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Eleanor is survived by her husband of 54 years, William Murphy Shell and two children, Lara Ann Eide and David Brian Shell and one grandson Ralph William Eide III.

She is the daughter of James Albert McInvale and Ila Mae McInvale (Deceased). She was also pre deceased by three brothers, James, Julian, and Jewel (Louise) and one sister Annie Elizabeth Black (Harry T.). She is also survived by one sinter, Frances Robinson (Carl Fletcher). She is also survived by two sister in laws, Doris and Wylene McInvale. She is also survived by over 75 nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice of West AL and Staff of DCH sixth floor south for their loving care of our loved one. Pallbearers will be her McInvale nephews and Shell cousins and honorary pallbearers will be her grandson, family, Maymie and Hillary Jeffcoat, Edie Daughtrey and the staff of Hospice of West AL.

Services for Eleanor will be directed by Johnson Funeral Home in Georgiana, AL as follows: a wake will be held on Friday 9/16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the body will lie in state one hour before the funeral on Saturday 9/17. The funeral will be at the Brushey Creek Baptist Church on Saturday 9/17 at 11 a.m. with interment in the Brushey Creek Cemetery. Brother Randy Harvill will conduct the funeral service and the graveside service at the cemetery.