Obituary

On February 24, 2017, God freed our beloved LaShelle Mallory-Athey from 10+ years of ill health. She will be sorely missed, but we are thankful that she is now enjoying everlasting peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

LaShelle is the daughter of Rev. William Alfonso Mallory and the late Linda Mae Shelton Mallory. She was a strong-willed individual who set her own course for life at an early age. In her short life span of 38 years, she was joined in holy matrimony to her wonderful husband Nelson Sylvester Athey on January 22, 2002 and gave birth to four beautiful children- Desmond (20), Jaden (deceased at age 16), Tristen (10), and Maya (8). Her son Jaden preceded her in death on December 19, 2016.

LaShelle was baptized at an early age under the pastorate of Rev. Evans C. White. She is a former member of the youth choir at Mt. Olivet. She worked for various companies for short periods of time, but was mostly a stay-at-home mom. LaShelle was a nurturing and doting mother and was affectionately known as "Aunt DD" to many children in the neighborhood. She was heavily involved with school and community programs such as the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) until her health began to fail.

LaShelle and Nelson instilled old-fashioned up-bringing in their children--"Yes Sir"; "No Sir", "Please and Thank You". Family prayer and bible study was a part of their daily routine. Each child is unique and has a special place in the circle of love.

LaShelle will be forever cherished by her devoted husband Nelson and her kids. Many others will feel the void, but cherish her memories--parents, Rev. William Mallory (Deloise); brother, Christopher Mallory (Sonja); step-brother, Robert Sims (Casi); Grandparents, Robert Jones (Jane), Evangelist Ruth Mallory; mother in-law, Bertha Athey; father in-law, Pastor Gilbert Athey, Sr. (Faye); sister in-law, LaChelle Johnson (Henry); brother in-law, Gilbert Athey, Jr. (Tami); brother in-law Terriel Athey; god-father, Rev. James M. Thomas, Jr.; god-children, Daija Nelson, Reginald Cosby, Jr., Sierria Cosby, Kar'Mella Athey; 14 nieces and nephews; 2 great-nieces; a host of other relatives and friends including devoted family members, Reginald Cosby (Eugenia), La'Shae Athey, Davell Smith, Casie Houchens and Trameca Clanton.