Shaye Lea Havens Somervell, 24 of Christiansburg, Virginia departed this life February 10, 2024 in her home. Born October 13, 1999 in Blacksburg, Virginia she was a daughter of Ivan Gill Jr and Rachel Havens Slusser.
She carried with her the spirit of her beloved hometown throughout her life, embodying the close-knit community's values of friendship and kindness. Shaye's career as a cook at Burger King was more than a job; it was an opportunity to spread joy and connect with her community. Her infectious laugh and generous nature made her a favorite among both regular customers and colleagues. A passionate basketball fan, Shaye's enthusiasm for the game was evident whether she was playing on the local courts or cheering from the sidelines. Her love for the sport was paralleled only by her ability to make people smile. Shaye's sense of humor and her genuine interest in the happiness of others were her most remarkable traits. Above all, Shaye cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Her presence was a source of comfort and joy, and the memories created during those precious moments will be treasured forever.
Shaye is preceded in death by her father, Ivan Gill Jr; grandmother, Linda Kast; and a brother, Jordan.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Rachel Slusser; brother, Dakota Bourne; niece and nephew, Everleigh Bourne, and Lane Davis; aunt, Mary Alice Dodson (Jermire); great-aunt, Pam Dent (Jeff); cousins, Brogan Davis, Gavin Davis (Lauren Adkins), Dee Dee and John Somervell, and many other close family members.
The family will receive friends in a time of visitation on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM in the Kendall Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a funeral service conducted on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the Kendall Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gary Poff officiating. Funeral services will conclude at Angels Rest Memorial Gardens where she will be laid to rest. While the family appreciates gifts of love, in lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Kendall Funeral Home to assist in offsetting funeral expenses. A guestbook is available to send condolences to the family by visiting www.kendallfuneralhome.com. The staff of Kendall Funeral Home are honored to serve the family of Shaye.