HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn (BNc) — A terrible accident claimed the lives of Laura Shelburne and two of her children, Claire and Will, Friday, June 27, near Mile Marker 161 on I-40 west of Nashville, Tenn.
Terry Shelburne, Laura’s husband, was taken to the Trauma Unit at Vanderbilt, and son, Abel, was taken to the Children’s Unit at the hospital.
An eastbound tractor-trailer rig, hit by a pickup truck attempting to change lanes, left the road, crossed the median, and slammed headlong into the car in which the Shelburnes were traveling.
The Shelburnes were active in the church in the Dickson area. Laura Shelburne is the daughter of Ray and Neva Nanney of Bells, Tenn. Ray is an elder with the church of Christ at Crossroads Road, in Bells.
Charles Yawn, minister, is asking for prayers for the family and especially for the recovery of Terry and Abel.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 54 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.