Here rests a handsome and amazing soul. Mr. William B. Shelby, 65 was born in Dayton Ohio on September 30, 1956 and transitioned in Phoenix, AZ on October 26, 2021. He was the son of the late Lucille Oliver Shelby and Thomas William “T.W.” Shelby. He leaves a brother, Thomas Oliver Shelby, 3 daughters, Lashelle Leonard, Starr Shelby, and Kyra Je’nae Shelby, fiance’ Jackie Doleman and a host of family and friends.
William Shelby was loved and cherished by everyone who he had crossed paths with in life. William was known for his legendary producing and song writing of hit records that filled you up with just as much amusement, love laughter, inspiration and heart warmth as he did. In loving prayer and memory of William Shelby we prepare this day as the day he sets sail on his final voyage.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. For those who are unable to attend please reach out to Kyra or Star for live streaming details.
R.I.P, To Jackie and the Shelby family,
Shelby my friend may this journey be your BEST Voyage. You can take Flight in heaven for eternity.
Faye from OHIO
LeRoy McLemore Jr
I’m at a lost for words. My utmost condolences for the Shelby family. William will be truly missed.
“Rest in Paradise”….My Brother….My Friend
As you soar on and set sail for your final voyage. We give praise to the Creator for your talent that really shimed the light on Dayton and the Solar Records community. Rest well!
John W. Harden
Deepest sympathy, love and prayers to the entire Shelby family, friends and supporters ♥️ Rest in Peace William for you have left a great legacy♥️
My heart goes out to the Shelby Family and to those who loved him. Will (Noddy) will be greatly missed. I’m grateful to have memories to cherish. May he rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus. God Bless
Will, there is nothing more to say, but “peaceful journey. ” my friend.
Darryl R Smith
You will always be known as “Lil Will” one the most talented creative artist I had the pleasure of knowing. My God Bless you ,your family and your most fantastic voyage! Your friend and Brother.
Darryl R Smith
Sincere condolences and prayers to the Shelby family and friends. His legacy and music lives on, and the world was blessed by his visit.
Rest In Paradise William Shelby
I have lost my very best brother friend on earth.
Will Shelby although you’ve climbed the stairway to heaven I will hold you close in my heart forever.
I send Love, Prayers and Condolences to Shelby Family.
The Joy of the Lord is our strength Nehemiah 8:10
Sending Love, Condolences and Prayers to the Shelby Family.
R.I.P. William Shelby
My sincere condolences to Thomas and William’s daughters and fiancé. I met William in 1971 through Thomas at their home in Westwood and we have been friends since. I was truly shocked when I received the news of his transitioning to be with our Heavenly Father and I will truly miss him but God doesn’t make mistakes and I pray he gives you all the love, support and understanding you need to get through your loss of Will. God Bless and keep you all.
Robin QT Wartell
Look I’m still having a hard time processing and digesting the fact that you’re gone !! I didn’t realize how much you meant to me until now. I’ve been fighting back to tears for the last couple of days. I want to thank you for always being patient and kind to me and you have always been a good role model for me. I learned so much from you and the guys and Tommy ! You guys have always been and will always be like big brothers to me I love you man should we meet again. REST IN PEACE
“And the beat goes on. Just like my love everlasting.”
Will, you brought light and wisdom, music and joy, happiness and love, creativity and Zumba to your loving family, dear friends, Lakeside brothers, and millions of adoring fans. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace, dear friend. You are missed.
Rick James' Stone City Band
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We pray that your heart and soul will find peace and comfort during this difficult time. May time help you heal and find peace and comfort.
Denene & Joe Hurst
Sending prayers and comfort to your family, may God provide you strength and surround you with love at this time.
From The Stylistics
Please accept our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy.We are speechless and beyond loss of words .
May God give you comfort and peace in this time of grief.
Rest In Heavenly Peace dear friend and brother William Shelby.
Rest In Love Cousin. You will be truly missed
Kevin & Sheila Tennyson
Our sincere condolences to the family of the dearly departed. William and all of his brilliance will be missed.
With my deepest sympathy. May God give you strength Kyra and family.
Shelby and Lakeside Families
Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this most difficult season. May you find comfort in the precious memories of a joyous soul.
Derrick E Turner Sr. ( DT )
My deepest condolences to the Shelby Family! William you my dear friend will always hold a special place in my life! Thank you for your friendship and I will always remember the musical moments we shared. Until we meet again. ❤️
Tina M Scott
May the family of Will be lifted as he always lifted my spirt with his smile and welcoming hugs, Rest In Love Light dear friend
My journey would not have been the same had I not been Blessed to cross paths with you sir. As a teenager I was in awe of you as a songwriter and later as a performer that I often say was the epitome of a rockstar. Until we meet again I won’t say goodbye I will say I’ll see you later.
Extending my heartfelt condolences to all of Will’s immediate and extended family members . Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers
How two Brothers from Dayton ended up living 1,500 miles from home and right next door to each other only God knows. Will, you were a special man and a great friend. My deepest condolences to Will’s brothers from Lakeside, and to Thomas, LaShelle, Starr, Kyra and the entire Shelby family. God bless you all
Patricia “Pat” Cassinelli
We were neighbors and occasionally playmates on Shoop Ave in Dayton. As most boys are usually doing naughty things so was his boyhood reputation! Those were fun times! At the end of the day he had a kind loving heart. I am blessed to have known him and see him grow into an amazing musician. Yes this is his ultimate Fantastic Voyage. May the family be comforted in this time of his departure.
My deepest Condolences to Thomas Shelby Lashelle Starr and Kyra and to the Shelby and Lakeside family I met William in 1989 he was my Friend my confidant that I have known for over 30 years and the Only man that I have ever Loved my Heart is Bleeding R.I.Heaven William B Shelby I will always love you Gone but never forgotten
Pat Kidd- Edwards Dayton Roosevelt
Sharing my heart-felt condolences with the Shelby family. William you will always hold a special place in my heart going back to a time when we didn’t understand what true love was. I will always remember…
Tommy, it’s been many moons. I’m sorry to read about your loss of William. He will always remain in my memories from a time long ago of wonderful person, with a great talent. May he rest in piece and forever live in on in the hearts meteorites of those who loved him.
May GOD continue to mend your hearts, your love for him is definitely undeniable he loved dearly. Starr Shelby get in touch with your Auntie