Pat Shell was born to Don and Nancy Shell in Elizabethton 60 some odd years back. Though his family traces their roots to the Shell Creek community in Roan Mountain on his father’s side and Boones Creek in Jonesborough on his mother’s it would be some time before they would return here. Don worked for Beaunit Fibers as a quality engineer which took the family, Don, Nancy, Patrick, Gordon and Vicki, to the Research Triangle Park in Cary NC. The Shells would stay there until after all the children had graduated high school. Returning to East TN in the early 80’s Pat decided to follow his passion for music, becoming the lead singer and front man for the touring band Mercy. Pat came off the road just prior to his parents passing in 1988 to work in the new family business, commercial printing. Like his parents, he had a philanthropic heart. Over the years he has been involved in the support of many great organizations including the one his parents formed, The Melting Pot, now located within Muncey United Methodist Church. Other charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Foundation, Washington County Humane Society, The Blue Plum Festival, the Umoja Festival have also enjoyed his involvement. Semi retiring in 2013 Pat enjoys owning and competing in NASCAR as well as building and riding motorcycles. He enjoys spending time with his wife Tagen, his 4 children and 4 almost 5 grandchildren. Pat’s current entrepreneurial endeavor is as a sign fabricator and vehicle wrap installer at Shell Signs in Johnson City.