Brian Scott Shell Jr., 34, of Johnson City, formerly of Greeneville, passed away suddenly at his home on Friday.

He was a veteran of the Air Force with a huge heart that never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dick and Doris Cooter, and Marion and Mary Wilson.

Survivors include his parents: Tammy and Lee Ervin; his lifelong love: Talia Britton; two sons: Kingston and Kamron; one sister: Leigh Ann Purgason; several cousins; and special friends: Madge Britton, Brian Schuler, Josh McClain and Amanda Quillen.

The family expressed thanks to the staff of James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. in Doughty-Stevens Chapel with Pastor Brian Schuler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.