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Shelby Harris Mansfield

Posted By obits On January 23, 2022 @ 11:29 am In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 60 Comments

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Please note that the service will now be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church due to the inclement weather forecast.

Shelby Harris Mansfield, age 79, of Pond Road, Shiloh, NC died peacefully at his home on Thursday, January 19, 2022. He was born January 15, 1943, to the late Richard Mansfield and Rebecca Cooper Mansfield and was the husband of the late Linda Ann Riggs Mansfield. Shelby and Linda Ann were high school sweethearts and were married for fifty-two years. Shelby was a member of Geneva Baptist Church. Shelby was an outstanding athlete at Camden County High School lettering in three sports. In 1961, he received a full scholarship to NC State University to play football. He started as running back (halfback) and was part of the Wolfpack team from 1961- 1965. Shelby received the 1965 MVP Governor’s Award and Academic-All American. The team won or tied for three ACC championships in 1963-1965. He was co-captain of the NC State Wolfpack football team in his senior year. Camden County Schools retired Shelby’s Jersey, number 23. Today, you can find it framed on the wall outside the high school gymnasium. After college, Shelby signed with the Buffalo Bills but later chose to return to his roots in Camden County. In 1977, he started farming and was the owner/operator of Mansfield Farms with his sons. Shelby was a natural leader, a committed friend, a devoted husband and father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. For many years he was not only a farmer; he was also a college professor and touched many lives in his role as an educator at the College of the Albemarle for thirty-four years. At College of the Albemarle, he began the baseball program, recruited fine athletes, and led the Dolphin team to the Junior College World Series, placing fourth in the nation.

Shelby is survived by his daughter, Linda “Deann” Mansfield- DeBrito and husband Gary; sons, Shelby Harris Mansfield, Jr. and wife Cheryl and George “Brett” Mansfield and wife Gina; grandchildren, Shelby Mansfield III, Wyatt Mansfield, Brittany Mansfield, Brett Mansfield and Maddie DeBrito; best friend and brother, Richard Mansfield III ( Richard, Jr.) of Chesterfield, VA, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert (Bobby) Durwood Mansfield. Much thanks and appreciation are extended to Tender Loving Home Care and very special caregivers for providing quality care, compassion, love, and dedication for the past four years.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Shiloh Baptist Church officiated by Pastor Boyce Porter and Pastor Tommy Berry. Following the funeral, a graveside service and entombment will be in the family cemetery on Pond Road. Due to the rise in COVID at this time, the family will not have a formal visitation but will greet friends following the graveside service. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is serving the family of Mr. Mansfield. The service will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/ShilohBaptistChurch. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com. To plant a tree in memory of Mr. Mansfield please visit www.TwifordFH.com/send-flowers.

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Condolence from Sudie Sawyer Saunders on January 23rd, 2022 12:35 pm

You have so many great memories through the years of Shelby. These will help you get through the days ahead. So sorry for your loss!

Condolence from Kim and Dwayne Crank on January 23rd, 2022 1:06 pm

We are very saddened to hear of Shelby’s passing. We have many fond memories of him and he loved you all very much! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Erin Anderson-Edwards on January 23rd, 2022 1:47 pm

Shel, Cheryl, Shelby, Wyatt and family,

Chris and I send our deepest condolences for the passing of Mr. Mansfield. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this time of loss.

Condolence from Carl and Kim Brinkley on January 23rd, 2022 2:13 pm

Deann,Shelby, Brett and family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love,Carl and Kim Brinkley

Condolence from Glenn & Ann White on January 23rd, 2022 2:35 pm

So sorry to hear of Shelby’s passing. We spent many years as friends throughout high school and at NCSU. He was always ready to spend time with friends. He made the football games much more exciting to watch as we waited for the Camden county player to take the field.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family during this tough time.

Ann & Glenn White

Condolence from Barbara Copeland on January 23rd, 2022 2:59 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that your memories will keep your family strong during this time.

Condolence from Mike Lawrence on January 23rd, 2022 3:29 pm

Sorry for your loss. He was a great man , You re in my thoughts and prayers .

Condolence from Alice Elliott Spivey on January 23rd, 2022 3:54 pm

So sorry to hear about the passing of Shelby. He will surly be missed.
I am a cousin on the Jordan side to Linda.
Alice Gray Elliott Spivey

Condolence from Tanya Spear/Colony tire on January 23rd, 2022 3:56 pm

To the Mansfield family, We are so sorry to hear of Mr Shelby,s passing. It was always a pleasure to talk and to deal with him. Know the family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Condolence from Pauline Berard on January 23rd, 2022 4:00 pm

I can not think of Shelby without saying Linda Ann – we were in High school together- Linda Ann & I played basketball while Shelby played all the sports- He was always a part of of our High school gatherings –
I have all the family in my prayers- I am sure Linda Ann was waiting with open arms greeting Shelby in their heavenly home

Condolence from Careen Mansfield on January 23rd, 2022 5:11 pm

He will be missed.

Condolence from Dean Forbes on January 23rd, 2022 5:15 pm

Deann, Shell & Brett,

Please accept our condolences during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Dean, Kellie &
Brittany Forbes

Condolence from W. Francis & Kathy Pugh on January 23rd, 2022 5:20 pm

To the Mansfield Family: We are so sorry to hear of Shelby’s passing. He will be really missed by all. We are sending prayers to each of you. May God bless.

Condolence from Charles Ferrell on January 23rd, 2022 5:39 pm

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Shelby. I extend my most sincerest condolences to the family.

Condolence from Carol and Gladys Jones on January 23rd, 2022 5:52 pm

So sorry to hear of Mr. Shelby’s passing your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Kevin M Webb on January 23rd, 2022 6:02 pm

Rest in Peace Coach! You were such a vital part in my life and all my teammates lives. Thank you for the opportunity to play for you and meet some of the best friends of my life. You start a team in heaven, pencil me in at shortstop, batting ninth. Love you COACH! COA Dolphins 74-76

Condolence from Joe and Wanda Forbes on January 23rd, 2022 6:03 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Shelby was a good friend. We have known each other since school.

Condolence from Donnie Simpson on January 23rd, 2022 6:29 pm

Prayers for the family

Condolence from Phillip&Mary Ferebee on January 23rd, 2022 6:59 pm

To the Mansfield Family,

So sorry for your loss.Our prayers are with yall at this difficult time

Condolence from Terry Boyce on January 23rd, 2022 7:35 pm

Praying for the family, so sorry

Condolence from Ernie & Kim Trott, Victoria, Nicholas and Carolyn Etheridge on January 23rd, 2022 7:38 pm

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. With sparkles in his eyes, Mr. Shelby was always talking lovingly about his wonderful family. He absolutely loved you all so very much. All of those sweet memories made with him will definitely help you in the coming days. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Roger and Donna Luff on January 23rd, 2022 7:44 pm

So sorry for your families loss .Prayers to all through this difficult time.

Condolence from Stephen Keefer on January 23rd, 2022 7:47 pm

To the family, I am deeply saddened by Shelby’s passing. He was my friend, of which I have few. The memories created with him, from debating the state of the union to how good squirrel gravy and biscuits were will follow me always. We shared a lot of good times together. Shelby was a good man and I will miss him always. Rest In Peace my friend.

Condolence from Starr Binner on January 23rd, 2022 8:51 pm

Deann and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Your dad loved you and your family very much. He will be missed by so many in this community and leaves behind such a wonderful legacy. We are praying for you all.


Travis, Starr, and Hailee Binner

Condolence from Sue Overton on January 24th, 2022 6:10 am

Deann and Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dad. I first met Shelby as my psychology professor at COA. I remember him coaching the baseball team during those years. May God comfort you and give you peace.

Condolence from Margaret Zirpoli on January 24th, 2022 9:35 am

I am truly heartbroken to hear of Mr. Mansfield’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed.

Condolence from Edith Jennings on January 24th, 2022 9:36 am

Sorry for the loss of your father. He was a great friend and co
and co worker I worked with him COA for years

Condolence from Betty G Heath on January 24th, 2022 9:49 am

We are so sorry to hear of Shelby’s passing and we will be praying for the family. May God bless you and give you comfort during this time. Carl & Betty

Condolence from Mark L Gurganus on January 24th, 2022 11:11 am

Shelby was one of a kind . He was my professor . He was my friend . Heaven has gained another athlete . My heart goes out to the family .

Condolence from Dawn Williams Lowry on January 24th, 2022 11:40 am

Shel, Deann, Brett & family,
So so sorry to hear of Mr. Shelby’s passing. What fond memories of both your parents, days gone by on Smith Corner…..May The Holy Spirit and memories comfort you in the days to come…..keeping you all in my prayers~

Condolence from Bobby Ferrell on January 24th, 2022 1:14 pm

Brett, Shelby, and Deann
Sorry to hear about your father’s passing.
Always enjoyed talking with him.
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
at this difficult time.

Condolence from Ashley Basnight on January 24th, 2022 1:43 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Keeping you all in our prayers!

Condolence from Cheryl Staples on January 24th, 2022 5:50 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Mansfield’s passing. Sending prayers for his loved ones.

Condolence from Jon& Melba Van Dalsum on January 24th, 2022 6:35 pm

Your mom and pop were really good people. We always enjoyed them coming into the store. We will always remember them. Everyone will be in our prayers.

Condolence from Stephanie Bradley on January 24th, 2022 8:46 pm

Shel, Deann, Brett and all of the family, please know you’re all in our prayers. It feels like our families have been through so much in the last year. Our Pond road, Riddle families are leaving us, we will see them all again. Please know we love you all and will miss Shelby so much. Love to all,
Stephanie & Bryan Bradley

Condolence from Ernest, Ann & Trey Askew on January 25th, 2022 9:12 am

Condolences and prayers for the family from the Askew’s.

Condolence from Otis Culpepper on January 25th, 2022 11:26 am

We are sorry to hear of Shelby’s passing. Please know that you are in our prayers.
Otis & Sue

Condolence from sam riddick on January 25th, 2022 11:40 am

Sorry to hear the bad news. Shelby was a good man, Have a lot of good memories with time spent at Camden Point with Shelby and Porkey.

Condolence from Debra Mason on January 25th, 2022 11:43 am

No more pain. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from joe wayne winslow on January 25th, 2022 12:46 pm

shelby was sick way to long i will always remenbershelby so sorry richard

Condolence from Randy Jones on January 25th, 2022 5:22 pm

To Shel, Deann, and Brett, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I loved Mr. Shelby. He was a huge mentor to me. I have many fond memories of him, from all the hunting experiences, river shore mullet barbecues, and backyard basketball games.

He will be greatly missed, but I am thankful that I was able to enjoy the times we had together.

Condolence from Toni Dupree on January 25th, 2022 7:50 pm

Praying for your family! Love, Toni and Lyn Dupree

Condolence from Darren and Danna Saunders on January 25th, 2022 10:21 pm

Deann and Shelby,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Prayers to your family
Love to you all….

Condolence from Mary Lou S Jones on January 26th, 2022 1:04 am

Shel, Deann, Brett, Richard and families,

My heart is very heavy for all of you and myself. Shelby and I grew up together, same community, Church and school. Shelby has had a life of achievements, from sports, to education and farming . He has always been very giving to family , friends and his community.
You and Shelby have always been a part of our family, he will missed.
Hold on to your wonderful memories and may God Bless All of You.

I Love you
Mary Lou

Condolence from Mitchell Bateman on January 26th, 2022 6:00 am

My prayers to the entire Mansfield family.
I was a student of Shelby Mansfield in 1971 at COA in his Psychology classes. His instruction of the content and his demands of high expectations in his courses inspired me to continue studies in Psychology and eventually a 39 year career as a Psychologist. Shelby Mansfield lit a fire in me that never went out. I credit him with shaping my professional future. I’m sure there are others whose futures were also influenced by him and the values he demonstrated at COA.
Thank you Mr. Mansfield for a life well lived.
God speed!

Condolence from Cathie, Darren, and Emilie on January 26th, 2022 8:47 pm

We are deeply sorry for your loss. The world has lost an incredible life. May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Condolence from Dane McPherson on January 27th, 2022 7:51 am

So sorry for your loss. Shelby was a good man and friend .

Condolence from Jasper and Lynn Williams on January 27th, 2022 9:14 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mansfield family. Mr Mansfield was one of my professors (Class of 1974). He taught from his heart and was very dedicated to teaching his students. God Bless.

Condolence from Bud Deters on January 27th, 2022 9:46 am

My condolences to the family for your loss. I played football with Shelby at NC State. He will be missed by many friends.

Condolence from Tommy snd Linda Tilley on January 28th, 2022 3:41 pm

Rest In Peace, my Friend.

Condolence from A.B. & Gail Burgess on January 28th, 2022 10:52 pm

Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort.

Condolence from Steven E Phthisic on January 30th, 2022 11:19 am

Deann , Shelby , Brett and family. Sorry for your loss. Your in my prayers .

Condolence from Joan Seymour Mills on January 31st, 2022 12:49 pm

Just heard of Shelby’s passing,I am so sorry and praying for the whole family.I am so sorry Richard,I know how it is to be the last one of the family to still be living.I remember you and Shelby being with my 2 brother Jimmy & Charlie playing sports.I remember both of you being at Jimmy’s funeral.It meant so much to me.May God give you peace at this time. Love Joan

Condolence from Debra Burgess Street on January 31st, 2022 8:37 pm

I just recently heard of Shelby’s passing….I am thinking of all of you at this sad time..his children, his grands, his brother, his friends…I know all of you will miss him. I share your sadness and your loss .

Condolence from Sheilarichardson on February 1st, 2022 6:06 pm

I’m truly sorry for loss my heart goes out to his family Mr.shelby was a wonderful man he would always give me the biggest hug and fill my cup all the way to the rim.Mr.shelby you will be missed and loved forever RIP Mr.Shelby God takes the best I will miss you love you always sheila Richardson

Condolence from Belinda Spencer on February 5th, 2022 12:17 pm

To the Mansfield family, so sorry for your loss. Shelby will be missed by many. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Sincerely, Steve and Belinda Spencer

Condolence from Ronnie and Mabel Cooper on February 5th, 2022 2:15 pm

Our prayers to the entire Mansfield family. Shelby Mansfield was an inspiration to me as a student at COA in 1972. He often stopped to chat with me about the challenges of a husband and wife, with child, attending college together full time. I was an older student and President of the Veterans Club. We often spoke of each others challenges during that period of our lives. I will never forget and have never forgot. Quite a man he was and left me many fond memories. Our sincere condolences and prayers to the entire family.

Condolence from Kenneth pierce on February 5th, 2022 3:20 pm

So sorry to learn of your father’s passing he was a very kind man and he will be missed Our prayers are with you all.

Condolence from marlie mansfield on February 5th, 2022 6:50 pm

even though i never knew you ill mizz you cuz

Condolence from Melinda DelGarbino on February 15th, 2022 4:43 pm

Dear Mansfields,
We are so very sorry for your daddy’s passing. Your parents were our first visitors when we were building our house many years ago. They were very special folks and we all miss them.
Love and sympathy,
Al and Min Del Garbino

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