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Ben Shelor RIP
Sep 24th, 2009 at 12:25pm
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Some of you may know or remember Ben from this forum. He went by Tar Baby at one time and Phoenix another time. Anyway, I just got this email from his wife that Ben had passed away Tuesday. Ben had recently suffered a stroke and while in the hospital, had several more that in the end were fatal. Although I never met the man in person, he and I struck up an internet friendship for the past few years partly due to our mutual interest in collecting martinis. Several times, we swapped and bought things from each other and a couple of times Ben just sent me an odd martini part he found lying around his place. Many days we shared phone conversations about guns, shooting and life in general.

Ben had an odd way of looking at life to some and could be misread by some but he was everybit a good person. He will be missed by many.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Some day we will meet and it will likely be on the banks by a slow moving stream looking for some turtles to take a pot shot at. God speed my friend.

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Ben A. Shelor, 68, of Newtown, VA left this world on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. He was the son of the late Fredrick Lynn and Mary Simmons Shelor of Sandston, VA. He was a beloved husband and Father, he is survived by his wife, Virginia (Biddie) Walker Shelor;  children, Jennifer Travis Shelor, of Midlothian, VA, and Forrest Lynn Shelor of Richmond, VA.; brother, Fredrick McIver Shelor of Chesterfield, VA. Ben will be remembered as a renowned craftsman of custom knives, a talented firearms engraver, an outdoor sportsman and a true friend. He not only followed his own drumbeat, he marched to his own band, and will be sorely missed. Friends are invited to join family at his home Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 2pm to 5pm to celebrate his life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper King & Queen Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 154, Newtown, VA. 23126, or to the Upper King & Queen Fire Department, P.O. Box 5, Newtown VA. 23126
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Reply #1 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 2:23pm
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I know that Ben jerked a few folks tails and chains a bit now and again here in the ASSRA site; However I always enjoyed his input.  I think sometimes I can hear the drums and bands he marched to myself

indeed RIP Ben
My thoughts and pryers go out for his family and friends 

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Ben was truly a Good man who made me smile and let me think about what was really important in life. Safe Journey, my friend.

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Reply #3 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 4:17pm
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Sad news indeed, I only knew Ben through various firearms 'Forums' and Emails. We are all deminished by the loss of a fellow enthusiast.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Sad news indeed,  I met Ben through the forum and had the pleasure of meeting him in person. We  talked single shots often on the phone Had wondered why he did not call for so long when Whitey gave me the news he was sick.

He will be missed

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Too bad about Ben. He made me laugh and wonder. 


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Reply #6 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 10:53pm
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I hate losing a friend.  Ben was a man who enjoyed life on his terms, full throttle, full flavor, nothing spared, and few compromises.  Friends and well made toys were his delight. 

Sometimes it takes a very complex man to be simple.  Once you got to know him, you could hear his laugh and see the thought that went into the brevity of his posts on the internet.  Sometimes it said the most when he was like his icon, the tarbaby, and he "jus sat der an sed nuttin".  Sometimes he just had to call up ask if I had seen a particular thread, and tell me what the nuttin had kept him from saying.

He will be missed.

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Reply #7 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 11:06pm
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I never met him, but talked with him on the phone once, bought a shootin' iron from him before that and thoroughly enjoyed his approach to life!

SOMEONE has to fill his shoes now - he played a needed role in keeping folks straight! 

  

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Reply #8 - Sep 25th, 2009 at 10:57am
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I always enjoyed his information. Far too young.
  
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Whether it was on the phone, or through an email, Ben made me laugh. The world was a better place because of Ben, and a little less with his departure.
I'm proud to call Ben a good friend.-Vall
  

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Reply #10 - Sep 26th, 2009 at 1:41pm
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Ben Shelor aka Tar Baby will be missed for his take on life in general. He was a engraver with a special talent for his creations. On his may trips on his acreage(on patrol) he did encounter turtles and other creatures of nature. He had a knack for putting everyday situations in perspective. I think everyone who perused the For Sale items has seen the marble top table that he used for a backdrop for his for sale items. Patrol on my friend .  4570SS
  

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Reply #11 - Sep 26th, 2009 at 2:43pm
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Never met the gentleman, nor spoke with or corresponded with him...but I looked forward to seeing his take on the discussions.  Don't know if it's appropriate for him...prolly not...but I've said Kaddish for Ben.

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Reply #12 - Sep 26th, 2009 at 10:16pm
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Bens table top.  He told me once he had more offers to buy his turtle shell and the do nothing machine than the rifles that were on it.

I told him I liked the machine also, and he offered to send it to me.  He said he had been given it by a friend, and appreciated it for the memories.  I told him I couldn't take it, and he told me he would send it to me when he died.  I told him to consider it already done, I had seen the picture of it.

Thursday, when I saw this post, I went out to the shop to think about Ben, and worked on an appropriate project to complete his generous offer.

Ben, thanks for the machine.  It works amazingly well, my littlest one has run it several hours already in the last 2 days!

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Reply #13 - Sep 29th, 2009 at 7:34pm
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Sad news indeed.

Ben was an interesting cat. Generous beyond all get out; he sold me a beautiful old Lyman sizer plus 3 or 4 dies for $20 a few years ago that he had "sitting around".

He will be missed.

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Ben was a good friend, a real man whom I took an instant liking to. I just learned of his passing and sit hear thinking about him. He was an inveterate tinkerer with little tiny model train steam locomotives, a hobby which we shared... and we always traded parts for his collection of "little fellers". I laff to myself now, thinking of his great big hands working on those little locomotives that no one else wanted...He would visit me often in my backyard shop at home and a little hobby shop in Woodbridge, VA, bringing some venison he'd hunted in his backyard... and we'd chat at length, telling stories and swapping lies. "I reckon I don't make too much of m'self" was a saying of his, a tongue-in-cheek salute to humility...but he was a GREAT craftsman and a big ol' bear of a friend. I miss him dearly....Adios, Amigo...remember to wave at me from the cab of your engine as you pass by.
  
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Brion,
Sorry you just recently heard of Ben's passing! Ben was a good friend of mine also, even though we lived on opposite sides of the USA. I often think of Ben, and I'm glad you brought this post back up, as I've not heard his name in some time, and it's good to know of others who loved him too.
  

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He was a fine fellow.  I knew him first from the Forum turned out he lived sort of near me.  He heard I was looking for a Unertl BV sent me a message he had one surplus.

Ben Lived on the bank of the Mattaponi River about half way between Richmond and Tappahannock Virginia. Told me to drive to the Rt 360 bridge look for a Bear beside his mail box.  Can't miss it. 

Get close to the river mailbox had a big plastic bear strapped to it. Up the driveway a trailer with at least half a dozen F 150 pick up's out side. Fellow comes out string bean thin sunburned brown no shirt and a straw Cowboy hat. Sort of concerned but wanted that Unertl.  Open up the conversation I commented on his F 150's, so he starts one up so I could hear the engine. Invites me in side, narrow path through the Trailer full of Elvis Memorabilia.  His hobby was driving F 150's to yard sales weekends buying up anything Elvis.

Worked the conversation around to the Scope. "What scope" rifle scope I said. "Rifle", probation officer would put me back inside if I had any Rifles". What about the Bear. "Oh you must be looking for Ben, He's on the other side of the river". "I put that Bear up just so people would stop and talk"

Other side large steel sculpted Bear sign with Ben's Name under. Beautiful Home right on the River. Lots of outbuildings in perfect order and a shooting house in the field so he could test loads.  Ben either knew I would get caught by the old fellow or thought I was coming from the West instead of the East.

I like to think he knew I would drive up to the Trailer first.

Miss him

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With Ben's sense of humor I wouldn't be surprised he might set you up to get the guy in the trailer first Boats! He definitely enjoyed humor, and life in general!
  

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Reply #18 - Sep 10th, 2017 at 11:36am
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Boats,    GREAT Memorial story,   thanks for relating it.
  He and his sense of humor will be remembered --and greatly missed.
  

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Ben came up to Lynchburg once to pick up a scope that was sent to me by another of this forum's late but sadly missed characters, xxgrampa.  It had come to me to do a comparison test between it, and a couple of scopes I had including another BV-20.  I wanted to see how the big, external adjustment scopes compared to one another.  We had quite a few exchanges on this venue before and after that.  RIP, Ben.

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Thinking about another mutual friend Ben and I had, who sadly also passed not long after Ben. Whitey Hansen, was cut from a similar cloth, and a renaissance guy like Ben. Lots of talent from machinist, to automotive, to even boot design! Also a career USAF retired guy. He once sent me a Pedersoli muzzle loader that David Pedersoli had given him for designing a pair of cowboy boots for him!
Ben, Whitey, and I had a lot of fun in our long distance phone conversations!
  

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Used to correspond with Whitey a lot. He was a fine fellow. Had plans to visit him on my way to Raton, shooting buddy had to cancel we never made the trip.

Like to have met him in person.

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boats wrote on Sep 11th, 2017 at 7:33am:
Used to correspond with Whitey a lot. He was a fine fellow. Had plans to visit him on my way to Raton, shooting buddy had to cancel we never made the trip.

Like to have met him in person.

Boats

I got together with Whitey once on a trip to the Colorado Gun collector's show in Denver. Whitey lived in Joe's, Co. which I think is 60-70 miles east of Denver? He lived in the old John Deere dealership in Joe's, which he bought from the city or county at auction. It was perfect for Whitey, as he was a bachelor and the huge building had 3 ph. power, with drive through roll up doors in the shop area, and a climate controlled showroom. Whitey had a huge camp trailer sitting in one bay, and the rest was open for his machine tool overhauls he did. He sold used machine tools for extra money, and had his own equipment set up in the showroom, so he could work all year around. Windows were covered to keep people from seeing what he had there, or thinking it was still an active business.
He had a lot of fun putting guns together, and wheeling and dealing in guns and old cars.
  

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