Morton Harlin Shelton

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rev. Morton Harlin Shelton, 84, of Piggott, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at his residence.

He was a retired United Methodist minister and was attending the Wrights Chapel United Methodist Church.

Born on a farm in the Strangers Home community, west of Alicia, on Feb. 27, 1927, he attended elementary school at Alicia and later graduated from Swifton High School. He was a farmer for several years before entering the ministry and continued to have a great interest in farming.

He entered into the ministry in 1978, attended the course of study school at Perkins and at St. Paul, as well as one year at Hawaii Loa College. He also attended ASU at Jonesboro. He became an associate member in 1984.

His ministry was in the North Arkansas Conference, and he served the following charges: Imboden-Smithville, Umsted-Hope, Shiloh-Stanford, Marvell-Lexa, Desha-Southside, Mammoth Spring and Camp.

On the district, he served on the D.C.O.M. He participated in a tour-study of the Holy Land and of Wesley in England. He also participated in a ministerial exchange to Stafford, England.

Survivors include his wife, Vondala Shelton of the home; one son, Morton Harlin "Butch" Shelton, Jr.; two daughters, Saundra Rodriguez of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Deborah Campbell of Yellville; one stepson and four stepdaughters.

He is also survived by two brothers, Ronnie Shelton of Jonesboro and Donnie Shelton of Springdale; six grandchildren, Johnothan Harlin Hunter, Beverly Summer Rodriguez, Jerry Lee Campbell II, Lezlie Elizabeth Buechler, Nathan Shelton and Patrick Shelton, and by six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Viola Elizabeth Shelton; his parents, Kell and Ethel Shelton; two brothers, and six sisters.

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Paragould, with John Sandine, Eddie Harris and David Swift officiating. Burial was in the Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia.

United Methodist ministers were honorary pallbearers.

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