Janell Tucker Shackelford
January 26, 1926 - September 28, 2016
Janell Shackelford of Austin passed away peacefully on September 28, 2016 at home following complications from a recent stroke. Her children were with her.
Mrs. Shackelford was born January 26, 1926 in Orth, near Olney, Texas to Jess William Tucker and Birdie Bell Payton Tucker and was the youngest of five children. She attended Hunt and Tonk Valley country schools near Olney.
She grew up experiencing the devastation of the Great Depression and came of age during World War II. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was her hero, and she remained a lifelong Democrat.
Mrs. Shackelford went to work in Fort Worth during the early days of WWII, living with her sister Estelline and friends at various apartments including Mrs. Stillwell's boarding house on W. Pulaski Street at 8th Avenue. Her future husband Carl Shackelford was stationed at what was then the Fort Worth Army Airfield. As barracks were insufficient for the influx of soldiers, he lived off-base at Mrs. Stillwell's. Mrs. Shackelford met her future husband when he whistled at her as she came up the sidewalk to the boarding house.
After he was sent overseas they corresponded for the duration of the war and upon his return, they were married in August 1947 at Riverside Church of Christ in Fort Worth. A power outage occurred prior to the ceremony, so they were married outside under the headlights of guests' cars. She always regretted that she had no wedding photos due to the insufficient light.
The newlyweds moved immediately to Washington D.C. where Mr. Shackelford was employed at the Pentagon. Mrs. Shackelford especially enjoyed their time in the nation’s capital and the opportunity to visit its many historical sites. As Mr. Shackelford pursued his Civil Service career, they were also stationed in Richmond, Virginia and Lubbock, Abilene, Fort Worth, and Corpus Christi, Texas. While living in Lubbock they welcomed two children, a son and a daughter.
Mrs. Shackelford remained a country girl at heart who enjoyed life's simple pleasures. She loved classic country and western music, down home country cooking, cats and dogs, working in her yard, sewing, flowers of all kinds but especially pink roses, American and Civil War history (especially reading about President Abraham Lincoln), genealogy, clothes, and finding bargains at thrift stores. Up until her stroke, Mrs. Shackelford lived independently in her own home, cooked, did yardwork, read the newspaper daily, and never missed the nightly news, always wanting to be informed about what was happening in the world. But above all, she loved simply being with her family. Mrs. Shackelford will be deeply missed.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, brother, Lawrence Tucker, and her sister, Lucille Smith.
She is survived by her son, Stephen, daughter-in-law, Susie, and grandchildren, Justin and Theresa Shackelford, of Austin; daughter, Sharon, son-in-law, Doug Watkins and grandchildren, Lauren and William Watkins, of Arlington; and sisters, Estelline Jones, of Missouri and, Ophie Faye Anderson, of Burleson.
Following a private service, she will be entombed at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Mausoleum next to her husband.
(Published by Harrell Funeral Home, Saturday, October 1, 2016)
Carl William Shackelford
1924–1995 (m. 1947)
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