Palm South Jones Mortuary

1600 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV


Shelton Lewis Bailey

5 June , 195431 August , 2019

Shelton Lewis Bailey was born on June 5, 1954 in Stratford, Connecticut the only child to William and Edythe Bailey. He was called to rest on August 31, 2019.

Shel attended Saint Joseph High School in Trumball, Connecticut and loved playing football and basketball. After High School he served his country in the US Marines having the opportunity to travel the world which is where he got his flair for cooking, boxing, photography and martial arts. He traveled the country living on the East Coast for the first 40 years of his life and then headed out West moving to Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. In Phoenix, he started as a sales rep in the haircare industry, then worked at various hair salons around town until he eventually acquired his own salon. This is where he met Brenda who was looking for a tennis partner and instead she found her life partner and soul mate.

After selling his salon, he decided to reinvent himself and returned to school and obtained his Associates Degree in Theatre from Scottsdale Community College and further theatrical studies at Arizona State University while pursuing an acting career. He was an actor and performed in numerous plays with The Phoenix Theatre Company and The Black Theatre Troupe and enjoyed performing Shakespeare. Shelton was also in several commercials and movies and was nominated for a Zonie - a theatrical award of excellence.

When Shelton & Brenda moved to Las Vegas he reinvented himself again and was hired by the MGM Grand Garden Arena as a stage hand and then trained to become a rigger. He then joined IATSE Local 720 – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees - and worked various positions and eventually became a steward. He was an active member of IATSE for 15 years and worked on various projects and causes including the political committee. For his work on one campaign he would receive Christmas cards from the White House!

Shelton regularly attended The Lohan school of Shaolin/Spiritual & Cultural Center in Las Vegas where he taught Tai Chi and participated in various events. Shelton was a man who wore many hats – LITERALLY he wore a hat, scarves, rings and watches with every outfit! He was known as a great, fun-loving husband, bigger-than-life friend, cousin, uncle and son and he will be missed.

Shelton leaves a loving family and host of friends to cherish his memory: his wife Brenda Ellison, nephew Michael W. Bailey, Sr. and his wife Rosanna and their 6 children and 14 grandchildren; cousins: Howard Johnson, Juliet Kelly, Adrien Johnson, Kathy Rutherford, Jewel Johnson, Fran Tizzard, Deresa Helms, William Kelly, Roy Kelly and Shawn Johnson and a host of many more relatives and very close friends. Although Shelton didn’t have children of his own, he had great love for Jordan, Marion and Tra as if they were his own.

The Celebration of Life Services are being held on Saturday September 7, 2019 doors open at 1:00 P.M. and the service starts at 2:00 P.M. at The Palms Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 and immediately following the service there will be a gathering of family and friends for a reception from 2:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, 7 September , 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 7 September , 2019
  • Reception Saturday, 7 September , 2019


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Cleo El Shant’e

3 October 2019

In 1972 Shel, known at that time as “ Smooth”, attended Lea College, On Beautiful Lake Chateau, in Albert Lea, MN, ( located just over 60 miles SW of the Twin Cities). He was there for one year as a freshman. His interest in photography began to flourish, so he transferred to MIA ( Minneapolis Institute of Art ) where he studied photography. Lew, as I referred to him of late, became an impressive photographer! Yes, he was a Jack of All trades, master of many! Perhaps I will share other memories and facts as I continue to reflect on his amazing life.

Clifton McCaskill

6 September 2019

We were all fortunate to cross paths with Shel Bailey. Intelligent, thoughtful, empathetic, a linear thinker n problem solver. gourmet n the kitchen, palette extraordinaire with food n spirits and conversation. This was a person I thought highly of n this has rocked me to my core. Brenda, all my love n support to u on this day, and all the loved ones affected. All my love n strength, Clifton.

Robbie Moore

6 September 2019

This is a small world. We traveled in similar circles in Phoenix, knowing the same people, but never really met. It took Brenda to bring us together in Las Vegas.
I am grateful to have met and known him. I am happy for the bond my friend Brenda shared with her Husband and Life-mate.
May God hold the fondest memories in your heart forever.

Donell Gaston

6 September 2019

Who was this guy with 3 inch platform bump toes clogs, ring in the ear, patched bell bottom
jeans, mandarin white shirt and turquoise stone necklace bracelet and rings. Little that I know
that he would become my best friend and yippy running buddy. We were both black hippies know
as yippee back in the day. We saw together so many concerts in Cleveland Ohio. Just to name a few Deep Purple, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Blood Sweat and TEARS, David Bowie’s first U.S. concert, Roxy Music and Pink Floyd performing the Medal’s Album at Case Western Campus gym for free. Pink Floyd was Rocking so hard the sidewalk was vibrating a block away.

Talking about fun times that we experience all the times. Too many times cover them all and some I can’t tell. I am missing my old running buddy. We laugh so hard back then. Those were the days of joy and care free living back in the days of peace and love.

Love you Shel your friend always,


Cleo El Shant’e

4 September 2019

The love of my life, never ending friendship from the top to the bottom, from the gate to the finish 1972-2019, Last words “ wrapped in love”! Wait on me my friend my love! Cleo 🙏🏼❤️😘💋