Shelby Harold Carothers, aged 84, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville. His family will be hosting a gathering for friends on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Humphrey Funeral Chapel. Funeral services to celebrate his life will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Dover, AR, officiated by Dr. Jeff Paxton, Rev. Bob Moore and Rev. Sandy Taylor. Following the service, Shelby will be laid to rest at Rest Haven Memorial Park, under the compassionate care of Humphrey Funeral Service.\n\nShelby was born on June 29, 1939, in Spruce Pine, Alabama, to his loving parents, Harry and Ella Lee (Smith) Carothers. He was preceded in death by his parents, his late wife, Marilyn Geraldine (Cardwell) Carothers, a sister named Juanita Daubach, and a great grandson named Bryce Bowden.\n\nHe is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth Bowden-Carothers of Russellville, and leaves behind a legacy of family, including four sons: Gary Carothers (Charlotte) of Dardanelle, David Carothers of Pottsville, Jim Bowden (Marilyn) of Dardanelle, and Jerry Bowden (Karla) of Dover; a daughter, Marilyn Carothers of Russellville; and ten cherished grandchildren: Austin Carothers, Allison Newton (Justin), Aaron Carothers, Ashley Carothers, Adon Carothers, James Bowden (Gauchi), Hannah Singleton (Clay), Jarret Bowden (Kaitlyn), Gracie Bowden, and Faith Bowden. He also leaves behind three precious great-grandchildren: Lydia Newton, Leecia Bowden, and Chandley Bowden.\n\nShelby proudly served with the Army National Guard and dedicated nearly 20 years of his life to mechanical maintenance in the nuclear industry with Entergy Arkansas Nuclear One. His faith was an integral part of his life, and he worshiped and served with his faith family at Dover First Baptist Church. In his leisure time, Shelby had a passion for motorcycling and was an active member of the Retreads cycle club. He adored stock cars and all things automotive. Whether he was hunting, camping, fishing, four-wheeling, or basking on the beaches of southern Alabama, he found his greatest joy when surrounded by his beloved grandkids. He possessed an insatiable appetite for learning and was equally enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge, often serving as a mentor to both family members and co-workers.\n\nShelby's commitment to the Masonic Lodges spanned over 50 years, with active involvement in both Pottsville and Russellville. He held the esteemed title of Master Mason and was a former Lodge Commander.\n\nFor those wishing to pay their respects and offer condolences, Shelby's internet obituary and online guestbook can be found at www.humphreyfuneral.com.