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She was born Feb. 18, 1939, to Doc and Sadie (Cooper) Downey in Clarke County, Miss.
Shelby is survived by her son, Burt (Sonia) Carmichael Jr.; daughters, Jenny (Ronnie) Brady and Kay Carmichael Mason; sisters, Shirley Faye Benson, Linda Taylor and Brenda Adair; grandchildren, Brandi (Brent) Freeman, Chad (Katy) Carmichael, Lauren (Vince) Hinson, Scott (Maylen) Brady, Kathryn Mason and Mark Mason, III; great-grandchildren, Alexis Freeman, Brady Hinson, Cooper Hinson and Annie Carmichael.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Burt Carmichael Sr.; parents, Doc and Sadie Downey; brothers, Wallace Downey, and Wilton Downey Sr. and sisters, Claudie Turner, Pauline Boone, Mae Jewel Miller, and Willowdean Williams.
Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Wright's Funeral Home, Quitman, Miss.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Wright's Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Chance May and Hal Taylor officiating.
Burial was in the Center Ridge Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chad Carmichael, Scott Brady, Mark Mason, Peyton Avera, Colby Avera, and Brandon Johnston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Center Ridge Baptist Church cemetery fund or your favorite charity. Online condolences can be given at www.wrightsfuneral.com.
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