Pastor Harry Wayne “Peanut” Shelton, 78, of Bassett, VA, went home to be with the Lord on November 28, 2018, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, NC after a long battle with cancer. He was born on November 10, 1940, in Bassett, VA to the late Hermon Shelton and Flora Joyce Shelton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant brothers; his oldest brother, Jimmie Shelton; two nieces, Judy Shelton, and Brenda Shelton and a special friend, Jimbo Ingram.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jane Thomasson Shelton; one daughter, Lisa Shelton Aquilo (Dennis) of Roanoke, VA; one son, Joseph Shelton (Brenda) of MacArthur, WV; two granddaughters, Madison Shelton of MacArthur, WV and Carina Aquilo of Roanoke, VA; one brother, Billy G. Shelton (Joyce) of Roanoke, VA; four nieces, Joyce Ross (Ricky) of Bassett, VA, Linda Joyce (Steve) of Martinsville, VA, Shelia Booker (Charles) of Palmyra, VA, and Sharon Thomasson of Martinsville, VA; two nephews, Brian Shelton (LaToya) of Collinsville, VA and John Thomasson, III (Tania) of Axton, VA; several great and great-great nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Pastor Shelton was called to preach in 1988, and he was ordained as a minister in the Church of the Brethren on August 15, 1999. Through the years he faithfully served as interim pastor and pastor at many churches in Virginia, one church in North Carolina, and one church in West Virginia. He retired on July 30, 2018, as pastor of the Boones Mill Church of the Brethren in Boones Mill, VA.
Prior to becoming a pastor, he honorably served four years in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He and his wife owned and operated Shelton and Kilby Grocery in Bassett, VA for about 14 years. He also worked at the Bassett Post Office as a mail carrier for two years, and he drove a school bus for Henry County Public Schools for one year.
He enjoyed the life God gave him, and he loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed being a Paw Paw to Madison and Carina. He had a true passion for sharing the love of Jesus with everyone he met, and he loved all of his congregations. Some of his favorite pastimes were riding his motorcycle and spending time at the Village Market in Bassett, VA.
He was blessed to have so many good, true friends, and he loved them all. His family would like to express sincere thanks for the many acts of love and kindness during his illness. A special thank you to the girls at the Village Market for spoiling him rotten.
Funeral Services will be held Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 2:00 pm at Bassett Funeral Service with Rev. Marvin Wade and Rev. Danny Gilley officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Bassett Funeral Service from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and other times at his home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Mountain Valley Hospice, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Stuart, VA 24171 or the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Rd, Dobson, NC, 27017 or mtnvalleyhospice.org/donate or to the American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric Rd, Suite 106, Roanoke, VA 24018