James R Shelburne

April 2, 1937 ~ June 7, 2021 (age 84)


Family Physician PLANT CITY, Fl. - Dr. James R. Shelburne passed away on June 7, 2021 at South Florida Baptist Hospital - BayCare, in Plant City, Florida. A father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Jim loved to laugh and enjoyed living life to its fullest. Born on April 2, 1937, Jim grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. He went on to graduate from the Kirksville State Teachers College in 1962 and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1967. He and his wife Garnet raised four children: Son – Richard Lane Shelburne; Son – John David Shelburne; Daughter – Laurie Shelburne Bargfeldt; Son – Scot Michael Shelburne. Dr. Shelburne was preceded in death by his parents, John William Shelburne and Zelma Carter Shelburne, as well as a brother, John William Shelburne, Jr., and a sister, Virginia Shelburne Howe. Jim is also survived by his sister, Ann Shelburne Atkins and several nieces and nephews. Dr. Shelburne practiced medicine for forty-seven years with care and compassion and provided well for his family. He attended Hillsdale Baptist Church for many years before joining Idlewild Baptist. He was faithful to have his family in church and encouraged their involvement. He was active in his support of missions to spread the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He also encouraged the use of his home for hospitality and enjoyed having large groups over. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed pursuing his many interests such as qualifying as an instrument-rated pilot, sailing, and singing in the church choir. His favorite activity was playing golf, and he played it well. If so desired, memorials may be made to Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd, Lutz, FL 33548. Please sign the guest book:, Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 Bartow Rd, Lakeland, FL 33801

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