Shelley “Shelby” Pledger

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Shelley “Shelby” W. Pledger, 76, of Hewitt, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014. Viewing will be on a come and go basis, Tuesday, March 18, from 10am-1pm. Graveside Funeral Services with Military Honors will be held at 3pm, Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Hwy 195, Killeen, 76542. Visitation will be Tuesday March 18, 2014, 9am to 1pm at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend Drive in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Shelby was born February 8, 1938 in Rome, GA to Thomas M. and Lula Mae(Brock) Pledger. He was a member of DeSota Avenue Baptist Church in Rome, GA. He joined the U. S. Air Force in 1957 and retired in 1978. His service included duty at James Connally AFB in Waco, the 556th Red Horse Squadron in Thailand, and the 554th Red Horse Squadron in Vietnam. After retiring he started a plumbing business in Rome, GA. Later, in 2005, he moved to Waco. Shelby enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and woodworking. He was a proud member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, David Pledger and Kenneth D. Helm, Jr.; two brothers, Jerrold Pledger and John Pledger; three sisters, Barbara Morgan, Sandra Faye Pledger, and Sheila Pledger;

Survivors include wife Kathy D. Pledger of Hewitt; one son, Adam Helm of Waco; three daughters, Sandra Pledger Luck of Charles City, VA, Shirley Bates of Waco, Sandra Marie Helm of Silver Creek, GA; fourteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five brothers, Porter Pledger of Calhoun, GA, William “Bill” Pledger of Rome, GA, Harold Pledger of Cedar Bluff, AL, Howard Pledger of Rome, GA, and Jim Pledger of Silver Creek, GA; one sister, Shirley Robinson of Cave Spring, GA; as well as many other family members and friends.

Born: February 8, 1938
Death: March 15, 2014

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  1. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God comfort you.

    Barbara and Le’Ana Reid

  2. wmmorgan and cynthia

    we cathy,shirley and children. I am so sorry for what your going through right now. They say it gets easier as time goes but itjust get a little bit eaiser we wish we could take the pain and sorrow away from u but we cant just kn ow he is in a better place and is watching over yall. we love ya’ll and we are praying for u wm and family

  3. William "Bill" Pledger

    Shelby was a good brother and we loved him very much. He will be missed.
    Love, Bill & Elaine

  4. Dad,
    I love you with all my heart. You were a mentor, a teacher, and a big teddy bear. Yes, you put up this tuff military type front due to your training I suppose. But,I could see the man beyond that exterior. My greatest memories are our fishing trips. You were a chef beyond comprehension. You had the largest green thumb I have ever seen. You could turn a tiny seed into a California Red Wood. I will forever hold you in my heart dad.

  5. Mandi Stephens

    Pawpaw you are going to be greatly missed by many! I sure wish we had been able to have more memories together! I met you for the first time in 2003 and I wish I had been able to spend more time with you but I will cherish the memories I have with you. I am glad you are no longer suffering anymore and we will all meet again someday. I love you so much!

  6. My heart hurts for we are one member short. My prayer is that this time fast forwards and tears disappear into random spurts of out loud laughter of silly moments of days gone by. The “pull my finger” joke for the grand kids or the teeth bobbling in and out to shock a smile. Those are the things that carry us into your memory. God not only has an angel but a jester on his court.

  7. Jessica Pledger (Granddaughter)

    My dearest Paw Paw Shelby my heart is broken but I know you are with our Lord and never have to suffer again. I’m grateful for the few minutes I was able to talk to you. I only wish we had more time together throughout my life. I will miss you so much. Say hello to Daddy, Alexis, and Jennifer for me. I will see you again someday. I love you Paw Paw Shelby very much.

  8. Halie pledger wiggins

    You will be greatly missed by alot of people .you touched so many lives i love ya.tell momma i love her and miss her dearly

  9. Dear Shirley & Family,
    My deepest condolences for you, your Mom and family.
    Praying for comfort.

    Love, Grace Walton

  10. Christopher Womack

    Some of the earliest memories of my life are sitting with my Paw Paw watching the incredible hulk series from the 70s. You taught me how to fish, to hunt, and a lot of my sense of humor today came from you. You always made me laugh growing up. Chocolate syrup and biscuits will forever be my favorite breakfast lol. Right now I just wish I could get a hug or a phone call that starts with “Heyyy Little buddy, what you up to.” I love you Paw Paw, and I just want to thank you for the memories I’ll carry through my life and pass on to my children and grand-children one day.

  11. Sandra Pledger Luck

    I miss you so much Dad, I love you. It would have been nice to see you and spend time with you before you left this earth. You are now with your son David, and I know you are happy to be with him. I will miss talking to you on the phone. I love you Dad.

  12. I didn’t know Shelby but Sheila was a good friend and Jim was also a good friend RIP shelby

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