Dr. Edwin T. "Eddy" Shell
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Dr. Edwin T. "Eddy" Shell

BOSSIER CITY, LA- Dr. Eddy Shell, 71, died, May 2, after a lengthy bout with cancer. Visitation will be held at Hill Crest Funeral Home, Haughton on Highway 80 East, Tuesday, May 6, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The funeral will be held at Hill Crest Chapel, at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 7, 2008. Pastor David Daniel of the Broadmoor Assembly of God will conduct the service. Interment with military honors will follow.

Shell was born April 6, 1937 in Lubbock, TX. The family moved to Arkansas and he later became the youngest Eagle Scout in the state. He graduated from Springdale High School. After graduation from Louisiana Tech in 1960, he settled in Bossier City, Louisiana and started his teaching career. He earned a BA (Louisiana Tech), MA (Louisiana Tech), Ed.S. (Northwestern State College) and Ph.D (Pacific Western University). He was a teacher and debate coach for 7 years at Bossier High School. He also persuaded a career in photography that lasted over 40 years. He later became one of the original seven teachers to open Bossier Parish Community College in 1967 and taught there for over 40 years for a combined total of 48 years in public education. He was Educator of the Year in Bossier Parish in 1970 and 1995 and Mr. Bossier Parish in 1970. During his tenure as an educator, he was also a member Louisiana National Guard, and the Reserve Components of the USNR, USMCR and USAR for over 30 years. He was the founder and Director of the first Day Time Truancy Center in Louisiana. There are now 12 truancy centers scattered over the state. Shell was a member of numerous civic organizations that includes the Red River USMCL, SARC (W5ZBC), Temple Lodge 448 AM& F. He was a member of the professional photography association for over 20 years. He served as President of PPLA in1981-82. He served on the Bossier Parish Police Jury representing south Bossier for 10 years. He was a member of Broadmoor Assembly of God.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Schneider of Landau, Germany; daughter Sally Shell, a teacher in Broomfield, CO; son Ted Shell, a nurse in Tacoma, WA and his granddaughter Callie Shell, of Bryan, TX; his siblings Mally Hatch of Decatur, AL, Freeman Shell of Decatur, AL and Sally Whitehead of Jacksonville, AR; and numerous nieces and nephews. He has three step-children: Tamara Harper, Orlando, FL; Phillip Taylor, Orlando, Stefan Pheff of Germany, and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Freeman E. Shell Sr. and mother Reba Odell Taylor of Hamburg, AR.

Dr. Shell was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was greatly loved and respected by his family and friends.

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Published in Shreveport Times on May 4, 2008.
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May 14, 2008
Mr. Shell was a truley wonderful man. I grew up hearing stories of the teacher who invented field trips by taking his students to Vicksburg, Ms. and jumped on his desk while teaching. This man started an enormous love of history in the heart of my father. As a student of BPCC during his last semester teaching there, I will not forget coming home to tell my Dad about the name of my new teachers and him shouting in stunned excitement Mr. Shell's name before I finished it. THIS was the man I had heard about all my life. I could finally put a face to the name and stories. Mr. Shell deeply touched me as I know he did all of his students. He was full of humor and honest opionions. He cared for each student and made a point to keep us informed and not just to talk, but to truely TEACH. Mr. Shell taught my father history in Bossier High, my aunt Photography in the early years of BPCC and he taught me speech in the Fall of 2007 at BPCC. What a legacy of a man he was. I am so honored to have gotten the oportunity to have personally known and loved him. Bless you all.
Adrienne Stanley
May 13, 2008
Dr. Shell was a very intelligent man. It was a priveledge to have Dr. Shell as a teacher. He touched my life in a very special way. Watching him deal with his sickness was hard, but he didn't let it slow him down. He was very positive through it all. My prayers are with the family. I know that it's hard, but keep God first and everything will be okay.
Amber J. Stumon
May 13, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Dr. Shell was a great man and friend. He taught me at BPCC in the early 1980's and remained a friend through the years. He truly honored me, by asking me, of all people, to type his dissertation for his doctorate. We worked really hard and got the job done. He offered to pay me, but I refused. Then, to my surprise, I was at a Statler Brothers concert and who did I see but Eddy Shell. He knew I was a big fan and he came all the way to Texarkana to take professional pictures. I still cherish the album he put together for me to this day. May God comfort and keep you.
Sherry Lowe
May 12, 2008
"Mr. Shell" as we knew him, was my teacher at Bossier High School in 1961. I have always thought of him as my best teacher, he was so progressive for his time -- I remember him standing on his desk with a sword in his hand acting out the Civil War. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Linda Roesler (Ellis)
May 7, 2008
My heartfelt condolences to Eddy's family ... I know how much he loved each of you and I know you miss him too. He will always be my close friend and brother in Jesus Christ.
JD Mast
May 6, 2008
I first know Eddy in 1977 as a student at BPCC, and he was a positive influence for many decisions I made in later years as a professional photographer. He will be missed by many.
jerry Jinks
May 5, 2008
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Edwin T. (Eddy) Shell our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Eddy . And to Eddy it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Eddy we bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,355 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Eddy’s family and loved ones.

Dennis Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
May 5, 2008
We have lost a great man and excellent educator. Eddie was my friend, confident and inspiration. He was no nonsense tell it like it is and no holes barred and one always knew where they stood. Love and prayers to the family.
Pamela Fahnestock Phillips
(nee Bolton)
Pamela Phillips
May 5, 2008
It was our joy to be a friend of Eddy's through the years. He was the official photographer for many weddings which we performed while serving 30 1/2 years as pastors of Broadmoor Assembly of God. In 1998 he gave us a gift of photography of our family, one which we cherish. Our prayers are with his family.
Don/Marjorie Logan
May 5, 2008
I met Eddy Shell when I was just a little girl; he and my mother were two of the first hired at Airline Jr. College (now BPCC). I loved him as a friend, as a mentor, and as a teacher. My entire family send deepest sympathy and prayers to the loved ones left behind.
Cliff and Mindy Powell Hudson family
May 5, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I had Dr. Shell for speech at Bossier Parish Community College-I must say he was one heck of a man and teacher. To have had him as a teacher and to have known him as a friend was truly a gift. He was literally "one of a kind" and to know him was to love him.
Jennifer Lightfoot
May 4, 2008
I knew Dr. Shell as a student and later as a fellow educator at BPCC. His love for teaching, mentoring, and genuine friendship was second to none. Rest well my friend, job well done.
Dwayne Gates
May 4, 2008
Mr. Shell brings many memories to my high school years, but most of all how accepting and demanding that he was of me. Even though I was physcially impaired, he gave me lots of empathy but NO sympathy! He told me, more than once, that I could do anything I made my mind up to....with love for his saddened family....Sharon Roesler Reed 1967
Sharon Roesler Reed
May 4, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dr. Shell. He was a beloved teacher when I was at Bossier High School in the 1964-1967 timeframe, and he had a tremendous influence on thousands of students who had the good fortune to know or be taught by him.
Patricia Maxson (nee Pinard)
May 4, 2008
May 4, 2008
Dear Sally and Ted, my deepest sympathies to you and the family. Your father was a "one of a kind" man whose influence as a teacher will last forever with his students. I am proud to count myself as one of those students who remembers your father's ability to bring history alive. His many achievements and his life as a good man will live on forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to be on his path in life.
Carole Ann Conerly Kaplan
May 4, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Dr. Shell was one of the most influential people in my life as he constantly encouraged me to "see the light at the end of the tunnel" and finish nursing school. May our heavenly father above grant you all peace that surpasses all understanding.
Amy Weems
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