Aug. 30, 1926 — Dec. 25, 2013
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Shelby died peacefully in his sleep, in his daughter’s home in Placerville, Calif., after a prolonged struggle with COPD. He was born in Oklahoma to Oney and Ruby (Samples) Sumpter. Over the years his family moved to many different locations following work. He lived in Arkansas, Arizona and Oregon, where he met and married his wife, Rose Annette Carapella, in 1944. They finally settled in Oakland, Calif., in the 1950s, where they raised their daughters, Barbara and Sandra.
Shelby had several different occupations but began with timber falling in Oregon, following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, before finally developing a career as a stone mason. He was an avid card player and in his later years he took up bridge and pinochle. Though he sorely missed his pinochle buddies in the Bay Area, he continued to play with the new friends he met at the Senior Center after moving to Placerville in May of 2012. His dry wit and generosity were his outstanding traits and made him a pleasure to be around.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; his only sibling, Harold; and his daughter, Sandra. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara and Neill Stromberg of Placerville; his son-in-law, Gary Clark of Jeffersonton, Va.; grandchildren, Mark, Peter, Alex and Natalie; great-grandchildren; and many loving family members and friends.
Shelby’s generosity continued even after his death, as he arranged to donate his body to science via the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. At his request, in lieu of funeral services friends and family will be invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Mondavi Center in Davis. The service is conducted by the medical students to honor all the wonderful people who have gifted their bodies to the School of Medicine. In a more private setting and following family tradition, his Samples cousins will “sing him over” at their annual family reunion in Oregon.