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Shelby Jean Harvey, age 70,

Shelby Jean Harvey, 70, of Roland, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. She was born in McCrory, Arkansas on December 26, 1951 to the late Dewey Milton Bates and Odessa Dell Wilson.

Shelby is preceded in death by her parents Dewey and Odessa Bates; two brothers William Bates and James Bates; and two sisters Sally Pope and Sue Foster.

Shelby had one child, Kristi, but met the boy whom she decided would be her son-in-law one day. This boy was a friend of Kristi’s, but Kristi had no romantic interest in him. Oddly enough, love blossomed on its own, and Shelby got to walk her only child down the aisle at their wedding.

Kristi and her husband, Jeb Burnett, gave Shelby two grandsons to spoil, John Shelby and Robert Kristopher.

Shelby leaves behind two sisters Wanda and Celie. She was the youngest child of seven children. Her surviving sisters were her oldest sister, and the other was her closest sister in age.

Shelby also leaves behind countless special nieces and nephews, with a special thanks to her niece, Shelly for being so helpful in these last couple of years. The family can’t thank her enough.

Shelby’s daughter, Kristi, would like to personally thank Arkansas Hospice for their help, support, and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making donations to Pulaski County Humane Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service. 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400.

Online guestbook:


  • Edward Kaleta Posted February 12, 2022 7:35 PM

    So sorry.We are praying for all of you. Love you

  • Lisa Robison Posted February 12, 2022 10:26 PM

    Sending Prayers, I always enjoyed talking with Shelby at the Golf Tournament

  • CHARLES White Posted February 12, 2022 10:35 PM


  • Vicki Rollins Posted February 13, 2022 9:02 AM

    I’m so very sorry Kristi. She was a wonderful person and a great friend. She had the biggest heart and loved animals. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Kim Burks Posted February 13, 2022 8:44 PM

    So sorry to hear this Kristi. Your mom was such a sweet lady and always had a smile on her face when I knew her. You were so good to her taking care of her in your home.

  • Shelia Milton Posted February 14, 2022 12:20 PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I grew up with Shelby and we were classmates at McCrory. I had often wondered where Shelby was living and how she was doing. My prayers are with you all.

  • Susan DeWitt Winburn Posted February 16, 2022 2:10 PM

    I grew up and went to school with Shelby we were very close at one time so sorry we did not sray in touch. Prayers are with you.

  • Judith Shipps Posted February 18, 2022 12:00 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for Kristi and family. Shelby was a special lady who shared a love of cats.

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