Joey Shelley graduated with honors from Dothan High School in 1983, received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Psychology from Troy University Dothan Campus, and was working toward his Doctorate in Foundations of Education in Psychology. Joey was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and was the Charter President of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society at Troy University Dothan Campus. He was a member of Denton Road Methodist Church and was affiliated with Grimes United Methodist Church. He spent a great deal of his lifetime involved in Wiregrass sports. In 1993 he served as head coach for the Dothan Chiefs semi-pro football team then went on to combine his love for sports and children by serving as a coach in Dixie Youth Baseball and as a youth umpire in both the Midland City and Dothan areas.
He was married to Tonya Lynn Shelley with whom he had three children, son Keagan and daughters Kaitlyn and Kendall.
Dr. Kirk Davis, professor of Psychology at Troy Dothan, sponsored the tree in his memory.
“Nuttall oak (Quercus nuttallii), not distinguished as a species until 1927, is also called red oak, Red River oak, and pin oak. It is one of the few commercially important species found on poorly drained clay flats and low bottoms of the Gulf Coastal Plain and north in the Mississippi and Red River Valleys. The acorn or winter buds identify Nuttall oak, easily confused with pin oak (Q. palustris). The lumber is often cut and sold as red oak. In addition to producing timber, Nuttall oak is an important species for wildlife management because of heavy annual mast production.” [Source - http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/quercus/nutallii.htm]
“The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of about 400 species of oak trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (from Latin "oak tree). The genus quercus is native to the northern hemisphere, and includes deciduous and evergreen species extending from cold latitudes to tropical Asia and the Americas. Oaks have spirally arranged leaves, with a lobed margin in many species; some have serrated leaves or entire leaves with a smooth margin. The flowers are catkins, produced in spring. The fruit is a nut called an acorn, borne in a cup-like structure known as a cupule; each acorn contains one seed (rarely two or three) and takes 6-18 months to mature, depending on species. The "live oaks" (oaks with evergreen leaves) are not a distinct group, instead with their members scattered among the sections below.
The Common North American Oak Species: black oak, bur oak, cherrybark oak, laurel oak, live oak, Oregon white oak, overcup oak, post oak, pin oak, northern red oak, scarlet oak, Shumard oak, southern red oak, swamp chestnut oak, water oak, white oak, and willow oak.” [Source - http://forestry.about.com/cs/treeid/a/the_oak.htm]
The “For More Info” Project is a joint venture of The Wiregrass Archives and the Troy University Libraries funded in part by a generous grant from the Historic Chattahoochee Commission Seed Grant Program. Begun in 2015, “For More Info” provides a place to find biographical information and images of the people honored in the Memorial Tree Program established by the Dothan Beautification Board in 1991 and continued at Troy University Dothan Campus.
“For More Info” also provides organizational histories and biographical sketches concerning named buildings, rooms, and other facilities on campus.