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James Roger ‘J.R.’ Shelton
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Funeral services for James Roger “J.R.” Shelton, 63, of Easley, S.C., formerly of Toccoa, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Georges Creek Baptist Church, Easley, S.C., with the Rev. Travis Bowers, the Rev. Mike Taylor and the Rev. Sam Parsons officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Shelton died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born April 29, 1949, in Stephens County, he was a son of the late Joseph Manston and Mary Jane Cleveland Shelton. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Shelton; a sister, Rita Faye Shelton; and his father-in-law, the Rev. Lester Burgess.

He was a loving, devoted husband, father and Pop.

He was a member of Georges Creek Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., was retired from Norfolk Southern Railway, and was a U. S. Army Vietnam-era veteran. Mr. Shelton was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Gainesville City School Board from 1982-90 and the Chestatee Regional Library Board. He was a graduate of Stephens County High School and North Georgia Tech.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Burgess Shelton; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Carl Reddish and Joy and Pick Speed; sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Layne Shelton, and Jack Shelton; grandchildren, Danielle and Andrew Reddish, Baylee, Alex, Tori, Jay and Maggie Shelton, and John Pick Speed; brothers, Doug Shelton and Joe Terrell Shelton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mattie and Rich Smalko, and Renee and Troy Smith; his mother-in-law, Christine Burgess; brother-in-law, Phil Burgess and his wife Jimmie; sister-in-law, DeJuan Martin and her husband Ken; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s Memorial Bible Fund, the American Cancer Society, or the Georges Creek Baptist Church.

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Whitlock Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

January 9, 2013