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Alton Clive Shell, age 86 of Americus, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 due to complications following a stroke.

A native of Chapman, he was born March 1, 1933 to the late Vernon Clive and Anita Pearl Bass Shell. Mr. Shell was a legendary high school football coach at Americus High School in Georgia as well as a veteran in the United States Army.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Americus, Ga. with Rev. Keith Parks officiating. Burial followed at Andersonville National Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday, Aug. 9, from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Leanne Lankford’s residence, 1006 Turner Street, Americus, as well as one hour prior to funeral service on Tuesday.

Survivors include three children, David Lankford, Leanne Lankford and Karen Shell, all of Americus; a grandson, Will (Tonya) Lankford of Portage, Ind. and four great grandchildren, Clive, Elijah, Isa and Tobias.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Sally Sykes Shell.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Alton Shell’s name to First Baptist Church, 221 S. Lee St., Americus, GA., 31709.

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