Harry Douglas Shelton, 66, of Casscoe passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Baptist Health Medical Center Stuttgart.
Harry was born March 1, 1952 to the late Ernest and Johnny Shelton. He was a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church, founding member of the Casscoe Fire Department and a Grand Prairie Water Association board member.
Harry had an unconditional love for his family that he cherished more than life. His childhood sweetheart that he has shared the last 49 years with has always been the love of his life. The pride he had for his three sons and his daughter-in-law was immeasurable. Just when he thought life couldn’t get any better the Lord blessed him three precious granddaughters that were the apple of his eye. If you looked real close, you could see him wrapped around their little fingers.
Harry always had an infectious smile and could brighten a room by just walking in. A jokester is an understatement. Some would say he didn’t have a serious bone in his body. He always had a funny story and joke to tell that would leave you wondering if he was really telling the truth. If you ever heard him tell the stories of growing up and all the stunts he and his brothers and sister pulled, you would wonder how they survived their childhood. Some weren’t sure if his name was Harry or “Willie Brown”.
Harry worked 39 years for GTE now CenturyTel. The men he worked with were just an extended family to him. He built friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. To hear the tales he would tell about work, one would often wonder just how much “work” they actually did. If the walls of that shop could talk, I’m certain many of the stories should not be repeated.
Harry was loved by many nieces and nephews and was everybody’s “favorite uncle”. The love he had for each of them was endless. He shared his love of life so freely with them and taught them the important things in life - that the LORD comes first and family second and that the most important things in life are not “things”. Family is what is important and he certainly loved all of his - blood or not.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Ray Shelton.
Survivors are his loving wife of 49 years, Bettie Ruth Shelton of Casscoe; two sons, Douglas Dewayne (Maxine) Shelton and Jason Lee Shelton, both of Casscoe; two brothers, Billy Shelton and Bubby Shelton, both of Casscoe; one sister, Treva Annette Bailey of Casscoe; and three grandchildren, Jessi Brownell, Camryn Shelton and Caitlyn Shelton.
Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Turpin Funeral Home with the funeral service Monday 2 p.m. at Turpin Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow in Hunter’s Chapel Cemetery at Casscoe.
The family requests memorials to Hunter’s Chapel Cemetery, P.O. Box 583, Casscoe, Ark. 72026.