Stacie Louise SHELBY ID#1207, b. 5 December 1919, d. 1 August 1995
Father*Louis Coffman SHELBY b. 25 Apr 1888, d. 23 May 1969
Mother*Stacie Beatrice SMITH b. 10 Sep 1897, d. 15 Feb 1977
Birth*Stacie Louise SHELBY was born on 5 December 1919 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.1 
She was the daughter of Louis Coffman SHELBY and Stacie Beatrice SMITH
Census 1920Stacie Louise SHELBY appeared on the 1920 census of Louis Coffman SHELBY on 16 January 1920 in 930 Crockett Place, Memphis Ward 21, Dist 181, Shelby, Tennessee.2

Census 1930Stacie Louise SHELBY appeared on the 1930 census of Louis Coffman SHELBY on 2 April 1930 in Summer Avenue, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.3

Census 1940Stacie Louise SHELBY appeared on the 1940 census of Louis Coffman SHELBY on 3 April 1940 in 362 North Montgomery, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.4

Marriage*Stacie Louise SHELBY married Ralph Fuller PORTMANN, son of Dr. Ursus V. PORTMANN and Ina FULLER, on 3 August 1942 in Linden Avenue Christian Church, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee; THIRD GENERATION WILL WED IN SAME SANCTUARY
Stacie Louise Shelby's Wedding to Ralph F. Portman Aug. 5 at Linden Avenue Church
More than half a century ago Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shelby were married in Linden Avenue Christian Church. In the same sanctuary on Aug. 15 25 years ago was the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Louise Coffman Shelby. And now Stacie Louise Shelby will be the third generation to pledge her nuptial vows.

This attractive young Memphian will become the bride of Raplh Fuller Portmann, midshipmen in the United States Naval Reserve in a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. at Linden Avenue. The couple had chosen the silver wedding anniversary of he parents as their date, but the graduation of the groom from the U. S. Naval reserve Midshipment School at Northwestern will take place on August 3 and his orders will be forthcoming immediately, so the wedding day had to be moved up. Rev. Howard Thomas Wood, pastor, will officiate.

The bride will be given in marriage by her father.

Her sister, Mrs. Austin J. McDermott Jr., of Wilmington, N. C., the former Martha Shelby, will attend her as matron of honor and another sister, Joy Shelby, will be her maid of honor. Bridesmaids are Mrs. Frank Preston, a cousin; Mrs. Peter Mommsen Jr., Frances reynolds of Cleveland, Miss. and Mrs E. H. Thomas of Little Rock, the former Jean Reinhardt of Memphis. William Sinclair of Cleveland Ohio will attend Mr. Portmann as the best man. Groomsmen will be Thomeas E. Wood of Cincinnati, William Davidson, Ben Glasgow, Jim Herman and Robert Hunt, all of Memphis.
Reception to Follow

Following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Shelby will entertain at a wedding reception at their home on N. Montgomery for the two families, the bridal party, out-of-town guests and a few close friends.

Miss Shelby is a talented musician, having won the Mary Louise Curtis Bok scholarship for four years and received a bachelor of music degree from Memphis College of Music. She attended Southwestern and received a bachelor of science degree from Memphis State College. Mr. Portman is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ursus Victor Portmann of Shaker Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy, attended Oberlin College, received bachelor of arts degree from Western Reserve University and a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He made his home in Memphis for several months while associated with Proctor and Gamble.

Printed in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Thursday, July 16, 1942.5
Death*Stacie Louise SHELBY died on 1 August 1995 in Mercer Island, King, Washington, at age 75.1 
Burial*She was buried in Port Blakely Cemetery, Bainbridge, Kitsap, Washington.1 


Ralph Fuller PORTMANN b. 9 Jul 1916, d. 29 Aug 2005

Sources (

  1. [S48] Find A Grave Website with Photo - only listings with photos of grave markers that are contemporary to the deceased individuals death are acceptable for genealogical proof.
  2. [S1920] 1920 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  3. [S1930] 1930 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  4. [S1940] 1940 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  5. [S52] Marriage Certificate or Register.
Last Edited20 May 2023