Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Charles Waco Shelley

Former Juneau resident Charles Waco Shelley, 87, died Dec. 5, 2000, in Beaumont, Texas.

Shelley was born Feb. 24, 1913, on a sharecropper's farm in Bell County, Texas. He attended Temple Junior College and Texas A&M. He met and married Bonnie Baily in 1936.

In 1979, shortly after the death of his wife, he accepted the offer of Mobil to open a lobbying office in Juneau. It was at the time of the Prudhoe Bay oil strike and the planning for construction of the Alaska pipeline. Friends wrote that Shelley became a legend in the halls of the Legislature and in the state. He was a walking history book of the oil industry.

Shelley was honored in Juneau in the early 1990s for his 80th birthday. The Legislature recognized his service and dedication to the state and the city of Juneau issued a proclamation making it Waco Shelley Day. Gov. Walter Hickel wrote, "Alaskans have a great deal to thank you (Waco Shelley) for as you have tirelessly represented Mobil in the Legislature for 21 years. Your efforts on behalf of one of our major industries has benefited many Alaskans."

He was the first President Emeritus of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, a Rotarian, member of the Juneau Planning Commission and other civic organizations.

In 1997, following the death of his second wife Millie, he closed his office and returned to Beaumont to be near his family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Luellen (Sissy) Newton in 1999. He is survived by daughter Bonnie (and husband Don) McCracken of Beaumont, Texas; son-in law Bob Newton; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Dec. 7, 2000, in Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4090 Delaware, Beaumont, Texas, 77706.

Wilbur J. 'Bill' Hamilton

Longtime Juneau resident Wilbur J. "Bill" Hamilton, 70, died Jan. 22, 2001, at his home.

Hamilton was born June 3, 1930, in Hugoton, Kan., son of Wilbur Clayton and Violet Hamilton. His parents died when he was young and he was raised by his grandparents on their farm in Kansas. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served in Guam and San Diego. He married in 1953.

After his discharge from the Navy he farmed with his grandfather for several years before going to work in the construction business. He and his family came to Juneau in 1972 for the summer and never left. He and his three sons built homes and apartments all over Juneau.

He was a charter member of the Juneau Home Builders Association and served as local and national director. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge and the Auke Bay American Legion.

His great love was fishing and he spent many hours on his boat, Cindy Lee, taking friends and family fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Forita "Rita" Hamilton, his children Steven (and wife Wendy) Hamilton and Cindy (and husband Tom) Stadt of Juneau, Ted (and wife Rhoda) Hamilton of Chino Valley, Ariz., and Jerry (and wife Delores) of El Cajon, Calif.; grandchildren Josh (and husband Andy) Hamilton and Lindsey and Jamie Daniel of Juneau, Jase, David, Nicole, and Taylor Hamilton all of El Cajon, Calif.; Casey and Larissa Hamilton of Chino Valley, Ariz., and great-granddaughter Marren Hamilton of Juneau.

A reception and celebration of his life will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Moose Lodge.

The family address is P.O. Box 32802, Juneau, AK, 99803. The family requests that no flowers be sent, but remembrances may be made to the Bill Bosse Donation Fund at National Bank of Alaska, or to the Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, 9200 Hospital Drive, No. 100, Juneau, AK 99801.

Conrad Paul 'Bud' Baines Jr.

Conrad Paul "Bud" Baines Jr., 53, died Jan. 24, 2001, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage of an aneurysm.

He was born in April 30, 1947, to Velma and Conrad Baines Sr. in Metlakatla. He was of the Tsimshian Eagle Clan. He lived Metlakatla, Juneau, Anchorage and Sitka.

He held degrees in business administration and public health and served as the director for SEARHC in Juneau and as a technical writer for the Indian Health Service. He was the director of Metlakatla Housing and was the project director for the Association of American Indian Physicians. He also worked with the Rural Alaska Community Action Program. He was involved with commercial purse seining and served in the National Guard.

His family wrote, "He was a family man above all. As the oldest of nine children, he was a good example for advanced education and career success. He always encouraged his brothers and sisters to do better and get more education. He was well known for his keen sense of humor, and he loved to laugh."

He is survived by his wife Rhoda A. Baines; children Sgt. Aaron Baines of Fort Drum, N.Y., Joel Ryan Baines & Everette Davis Baines of Anchorage; stepchildren Marcell Campbell of Nebraska and Narbonea Campbell of Arizona; mother Velma Baines; brothers Ronald & Robert of Sitka, Daniel of Seldovia, Frank of Anchorage, Terrence (and wife Sherry) of Muskogee, Okla., Michael (and wife Marlene) of LaConner, Wash.; sisters Betty Ann Baines and Barbara Baines of Sitka, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

His funeral was held Jan. 27 in Anchorage.

Memorial or condolences can be directed to Rhoda Baines, 809 Queen Victoria Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, 99518.

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