Ollie Mack Shelton, 78, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in a local hospital.
He was born on Aug. 15, 1934, to the late Benton M. and Hazel Munger Shelton. He was of the Baptist faith and a very active member at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church.
He retired from the city of Cleveland Public Works department after 20 years of service. He was an avid softball player and umpire, while also enjoying playing in Rook tournaments with friends all over the area.
He raised Tennessee Walking Horses for his entire life, spending much of his time tending to them. He also enjoyed working with family and close friends in the hay field on the Wilson farm. Among all other things Mack enjoyed throughout his life, his family was his pride and joy, by far.
He cherished time with them whenever they were together, especially enjoying weekends spent at their cabin on the Hiawassee river.
In addition to his mother and father, he is preceded in death by one son, Ricky Dean Shelton; one great-granddaughter, Chloe Shelton; two sisters: Ruth Wilkinson and Pearl Graham; two brothers: Benton Shelton Jr. and R. L. Shelton; and mother and father-in-law, George and Mary Lou Roberson.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 49 years, Nina Roberson Shelton; two sons: Rocky Shelton and Blake Shelton (Melanie); one daughter, Shelli Cody (Robbie); eight grandchildren: Jeremiah Shelton of Panama City Beach, Fla., Josiah Shelton (Beth), Jessica Shelton (fiancé Aaron), Jared Shelton (Tanya), Trae and Allie Beth Cody, Karlie and Kenslie Shelton; four great-grandchildren: Eli Shelton, Trinity Reagan, Casen Shelton, and Cailee Shelton; one sister, Elizabeth Leamon (Bill); one sister-in-law, Ruth Draughon; one brother-in-law, James Roberson (Sandy); and many other nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends whom he loved dearly.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church, located at 2412 Georgetown Road N.W.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at Clingan Ridge Baptist with the Revs. Lamar Dietz and Michael Broome officiating.
Interment will follow the service at Tasso United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rocky Shelton, Blake Shelton, Josiah Shelton, Jared Shelton, Trae Cody, Tim Bacon, John Buchanan and Dale Wilson will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers please donate memorials in Mack’s memory to the Clingan Ridge Baptist building fund.
You are invited to share a story, memory, or your personal condolences with Mack’s family at his online guestbook located at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Shelton family with these arrangements.