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Obituary for Shelby Nathaniel Bostick

LUTZ, FLORIDA. . .Shelby Nathaniel Bostick, age 85, of Lutz, Florida, formerly of Headland, Alabama and Alexandria, Virginia, passed away in his sleep on March 29, 2023.
Shelby Bostick was born in Headland, Alabama to Bernard and Lukie Bostick on April 14, 1937. He grew up in Headland with his five siblings, where he graduated from Headland High School. Shelby also attended the University of Alabama and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1958, at the age of 21, Shelby became a Mason, followed by a Shriner and then on to be a Jester later in life. After college, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1960 at the age of 23 in which he was given the nickname “Old Man”. He was a Naval Corpsman until 1962 and then joined the reserves. From there he moved back to Headland and worked at Holman-Headland Mortuary until moving to Washington, DC to work for Chambers Funeral Home as a funeral director and embalmer in Silver Springs, MD in 1962. He was also employed at Gawler & Sons Funeral Home in Washington, DC for many years. In 1985, Shelby started selling preneed funerals for Service Corporation International where he excelled in sales and retired in 2005.
In 1970, he met and married Karen L. Bendall and had a wonderful marriage for almost 50 years.
Shelby had an extreme love for football, tending to his garden, bike riding, the stock market, Woodford Reserve, cigars and spending time with family and friends. Shelby was a devoted and loving father and grandfather, who always loved visits with his grandchildren.
Shelby is survived by his daughter, Kari Isbister (Jeffrey) of Lutz, FL; grandchildren, Nathaniel Isbister, Gavin Isbister, and Kendall Isbister, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, Karen Bostick, siblings, Thad Bostick, Lenton Bostick, Floyd Bostick, Virginia Draughon and Jacob Bostick.
Services for Noble Shelby Bostick will be held will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at the Egypt Temple Shrine, 5017 East Washington Street, Tampa, FL 36319. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM with services at 2:00 PM and reception to follow. All are welcome to join to celebrate this caring, sweet wonderful man.
In loving memory of Noble Shelby Bostick, memorials may be made to Egypt Shrine Temple Building Fund in his memory.