In Loving Memory

Jonathan Rice Shelley

January 13, 1969 - December 20, 2023


Jonathan “Jon” Rice Shelley passed away at 54 years young on December 20, 2023. He left this world peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a hard-fought, yet brief, battle with cancer.

Jon was a loyal, loving, wonderful husband and father. He grew up at Lake Lanier, where he fell in love with fishing. He later attended and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he met the love of his life, Michelle. Once they were married, they moved to the Gulf Coast, where he was a business owner for many years. Jon loved saltwater fishing and boating (especially during snapper season), hunting with his buddies, and watching his children grow up and flourish. He loved his family more than anything! He was a very quiet advocate for the underdog, always helping those when he could. He had a passion for catching and eating seafood! He enjoyed all of these activities with his family and close friends. Jon was also very mechanically inclined and was appreciated for all his talents by his numerous friends. Jon could just about fix anything! Jon was also the biggest DAWG fan there is – he enjoyed watching the UGA football games with his family!  Jon will be greatly missed by his family and his friends.

Jon is survived by his wife of 29 years, Michelle Shelley; son, Rice Shelley of Cambridge, MA; daughter, Madison Shelley Amerson (Dr. Kyle Amerson) of Clearwater, FL; parents, Grady & Becky Shelley of Foley, AL; brother, Ben (Claire) Shelley of Cherry Log, GA; brother-in-law – Robert (Dawn) Petrasek  of Terre Haute, IN; sister-in-law, Mary (Ed) Petrasek Brockhaus of Jupiter, FL; nephew, Hayden Rosenthal St. Charles, MO; mother-in-law, Rosalynn Petrasek of St. Louis, MO; and father-in-law, Bob Petrasek – Hallandale Beach, FL.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 11:00 AM, at the Malbis Historic Nursey and Community Center, 10145 US-90, Daphne, AL 36526. Jon has requested a true “Celebration of Life” and would like everyone to wear their favorite sports team jersey/shirt with casual pants/jeans—no formal attire. Following the service, there will be a shrimp boil at the Malbis Historic Nursery.

In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness in Jon’s memory, whether it is helping someone carry groceries, a person or family in financial need, a veteran who needs financial or physical assistance, or just someone you know that would be blessed by a few extra dollars. Jon’s heart always went out to the underdogs who worked hard to improve their lives but still needed that little bit of extra help or encouragement.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Max Crews

    Jon was a pleasure to work with! He will be missed. God bless you all.

  2. Jerry Caruso

    RIP Jon! We may not have ever met but through Mary and Ed we knew you forever! God less You! Jerry and Rosalie Caruso

  3. Kent and Fleming Watts

    So many good memories and fun times in Orange Beach. Jon was a true friend, always there to help without being asked, top chef, boat captain, fishing guide, master mechanic. And that sarcastic sense of humor that kept us laughing. Irreplaceable friend, we will miss you forever

  4. Nathan Day

    I’m So sorry to hear about this. I was fortunate to spend some time with Jon at the Hill’s house at Lake Lanier a few years back where we had some much needed laughs in the kitchen. I worked with him at Lake Lanier Islands. Then we remembered the times at UGA. Our thoughts go out to Michelle and Jon’s extended family. We wish you all comfort during this difficult time.

  5. Rob McWhorter

    We were next door neighbors for years in Malbis. I really enjoyed our many conversations concerning family, sales, sports, cooking and fishing out in the yard. I always appreciated his true interest and encouragement in my life. One of our biggest regrets after we moved was not having John and his family as neighbors. He will certainly be missed.

  6. Kenny Harwell

    I only knew John less than a year but it seemed like much longer. We enjoyed sharing details of trips we had been on and just hit it off like we had been friends for years.


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