Thomas Carlton Shelton

April 18, 1956January 11, 2013

Dr. Thomas Carlton Shelton Jr. of Rockwell, went home to be with his Lord on Friday January 11, 2013 at Rowan Regional Medical Center. Born on April 18, 1956 in Rockingham County, he was the son of the late Thomas Carlton Shelton Sr.and Maureen Lewellyn Shelton. Dr. Shelton was educated in the Rockingham Schools and served his country in the US Army. He was a a member of Sloan Lake Community Church, where he was the assistant pastor. He worked for over 25 years as a respiratory therapist for Rowan Regional Medical Center. He enjoyed playing chess and golf, visiting with his friends and taking trips to the mountains. Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 38 years Hope Gentry Shelton, daughter Joy Shelton of Rockwell, Mandi Idries (Khaled) of Woodleaf, and sons, Thomas Jared Shelton of Rockwell, Matthew Shelton (Jessica) of Kannapolis and Brett Carlton Shelton (Rachel) of Salisbury. He is also survived by 9 much loved grandchildren and 4 sisters.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 til 11:00 at Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove with funeral at 11:00 also at the funeral home with Rev. Zach Sizemore, minister. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454 Alexandria, Va. 22312. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  • Funeral Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Margie Ellington

January 18, 2013

Hope, I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. It was a pleasure knowing Tommy and being his friend. He will be missed. Class of 1974

Tim Middleton

January 17, 2013

To Hope and the entire family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Tommy. He was a great friend during our years at Bethany High.His words of wisdom at graduation will not be forgotten.I will be praying for everyone as you go through the difficult days ahead.
Tim Middleton (Class of '74)

Rodney Moore

January 16, 2013

Bro. Tom was a wonderful man. You will be missed always in our hearts. Hope I love you!!!

Jesse & Deb Rorie

January 16, 2013

Tom, for the short time we got to know you, you brought a shining light into our lives with you sense of humor and your love for the lord!!

Robbin Gentry Martin

January 16, 2013

Hope & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm so glad we got the chance to see Tom at Christmas. Dad and I plan to attend on Wednesday.

Jay & Deb Wiest

January 16, 2013

Hope and Family - Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers. Tom was the first one to welcome us into the Sloan Lake family and helped lead me closer to the Lord. I know God himself was standing at the Pearly Gates waiting to welcome Tom home.

January 16, 2013

God bless you all in the time of your loss,love u all Steve

Joe Stewart

January 15, 2013

My deepest sympathy in the passing of Tommy, prayers for the family in their loss, God Bless!

Mike & Pat Harrington

January 15, 2013

No more gentle man ever lived. Meeting and becoming friends with Pastor Tom is a pleasure I will not forget. Both Patricia and I feel the weight of your emptiness, yet we sorrow not for Tom. His is place is solid and we know that God will one day permit us all to see Tom's smiling face, feel his loving embrace and share the joy of eternal life..

Billy and Jolene Hodges

January 15, 2013

Bless this precious family during this difficult time. We are praying that God comforts this family now and always!