James King suffers a parent’s worst nightmare

Tragic news this morning from a bluegrass icon. James King’s 18 year old daughter, Shelby Ann, was killed last night in an automobile accident in Amelia County, VA.

According to Julie King, James’ wife and Shelby’s stepmother, Shelby was driving home from work last night around 6:00 p.m., and was involved in a single vehicle accident. She was the only occupant in the car, which rolled several times. Witnesses reported that Shelby climbed out of the car, and immediately collapsed. Attempts to revive her on the scene were unsuccessful.

Shelby was a talented bluegrass singer in her own right. Here is a brief clip of her on stage two years ago.


More information about arrangements will be forthcoming.

Messages can be sent to James at:

The James King Family
P.O. Box 10179
Danville, VA 24543

I’m sure that the entire bluegrass world joins us in extending sincerest condolences to James, Shelby’s mom, and all their many friends and family members.

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  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with your family, GOD please be with this family through a time like this!!

  • Deepest regrets to hear this. God bless her and the family.

  • Berachah Valley

    Thinking of James King…..we pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and He helps you heal with the passage of time. Much in prayer. Our sympathy. Berachah Valley.

    • I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m praying God’s Grace for you and your family at this time.
      Penny Wheeler
      (Sister of Roger Bass, of Roger Bass and The Hillbillies – formerly W/Tater Hill)
      PS Roger passed away November 16th of this year.

  • kenneth

    while i do give my prayers to james …i really give her mother renee lester king my deepest sympathy and prayers …

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers will continiously go up during this very sad time. I know there isn’t any words that can comfort you during this time. I will pray that God will bring peace to your heart.

    Love Tammy King-Balkcum & Chris King

    Merle, Mike, Shawn, Shirley & John King

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  • Emory Shover

    So very sad. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with the King family at this time. There is never a good time for something like this to happen, but here at Christmas surely makes it worse. My God’s give them strength at this time.

    with Sympathy,
    G. Emory Shover
    Cabin Hill Band

  • RIP Shelby! Prayers and love to James King and family and friends as they live through this painful loss. May you find some peace.

    -from a fan in Montana

  • larry

    James, your family will be in our prayers, so sorry for this loss.