September 16, 1934 - July 24, 2021
Walter P. Shelton of Greeneville passed away Saturday evening at the age of 86. He was born September 16, 1934, in Madison County, NC, a son of the late Rev. Melvin and Sudie Shelton. Walter was one of seven children and was the last surviving child. He was preceded in death by his six siblings: Lovada Chandley, Vera Lee Dixon, Nella Davis, Evelyn Murdock, William David Shelton, and Rev. Melvin Shelton, Jr. Walter was also preceded in death by his wife of 51 years: Betty Blue Snowden Shelton and her siblings: Charles Snowden, J.D. Snowden, Jr., Alice Snowden Addington, and Edith Snowden Ricker. Although Walter was never a biological father, he had numerous nieces and nephews whom he cared for as if they were his own. He is also survived by a special friend: Sandra Denney. Walter was a lifelong member of the First Church of God where he served in various capacities: Board of Trustees, Sound Technician, usher, and a member of several musical groups utilizing his God-given talents. He was gifted with the ability to play the bass guitar, acoustic guitar, and the piano. He retired from Philips Magnavox after 35 years of service and was part-time maintenance technician at First Church of God. Walter had several hobbies: woodworking, electrical, plumbing, and a car enthusiast. The family will receive friends at First Church of God, 1505 West Main Street, Greeneville, from 3 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27th. The funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church with Dr. Nathan Leasure officiating. Entombment will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel Mausoleum at GreeneLawn Memory Gardens. Family and friends are asked to meet at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home at 9 a.m. to go in procession to the committal service. Pallbearers will be David Ricker, Arthur Ricker, Jr., Mark Ricker, Ryan Ricker, Brennan Ricker, Scott Jaynes, Dylan DeBusk, Connor DeBusk, James Davis, Jimmie Shelton, and Wayne Dixon. Honorary pallbearers will be the church staff, members of the Joy Group, Arlin Shelton, Robert Crum, Jimmy Waddell, Mickey Waddell, Rev. Gerald Rudd, Bob Bailey, David Dotson, and Bryon Trantham. The family extends special thanks to the staff of Amedisys, Laughlin Healthcare Center, Laughlin Hospital 3rd Floor Staff, Dr. Jason Carter, Dr. Theo Hensley, Ashley Cole, Sheila Harrison, Patsy Stanton, the staff of Top Choice Barbecue, and the UT Home Health Services. Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Walter P. Shelton of Greeneville passed away Saturday evening at the age of 86. He was born September 16, 1934, in Madison County, NC, a son of the late Rev. Melvin and Sudie Shelton. Walter was one of seven children and was the last surviving... View Obituary & Service Information
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