James Ray Shelton
November 20, 1935 – January 26, 2020
Services for James Ray Shelton, 84, of Wells, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Horace Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Wells.
James was born November 20. 1935 in Wells, Texas to the late Virgie Jane (Landrum) and Apostle Paul Shelton, and passed away on January 26, 2020 at his residence in Wells.
James was a timber contractor employed with Owen Illinois. He was a cattleman and one of his hobbies was wood-working, as well as hunting and fishing. He especially loved researching the ancestry of his family and sharing this information with his loved ones.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Shelton of Wells; daughters, Irene Austin of Orange, Diane Nida of Santa Paula, California, and Kathleen Murphy of Lufkin; son, William Shelton of San Diego, California; sister, Vernell Faulk of Lufkin; 10 grandchildren, 3 great-great grand children and numerous other relatives.
James was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Pauline Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Storment, Trever Riddley, William Shelton, Paul Austin, Calvin Burkhart and Dylan Campbell.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday evening, January 31, 2020 at the funeral home.
Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com
- Melba Shelton, Wife
- Irene Austin, Daughter
- Diane Nida, Daughter
- Kathleen Murphy, Daughter
- William Shelton, Son
- Vernell Faulk, Sister
Mr. Shelton is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgie Jane (Landrum) and Apostle Paul Shelton; and his sister, Pauline Jackson.
- Daniel Storment, Active Pallbearer
- Trever Riddley, Active Pallbearer
- William Shelton, Active Pallbearer
- Paul Austin, Active Pallbearer
- Calvin Burkhart, Active Pallbearer
- Dylan Campbell, Active Pallbearer
- Visitation Friday, January 31, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
James Ray Shelton
February 1, 2020
I am John Monk and worked for Owens-Illinois Western Woodlands. I was Manager of Wood Procurement when OI sold to Temple. There are not a lot of us left from the early days of OI in Texas and Louisiana. I wanted the family to know that James was always considered one of our top logging contractors and we were never concerned about putting him on any job. We knew it would be done right. My condolences on behalf of all OI people who knew and worked with James.
January 29, 2020
My fondest memory is how friendly and welcoming you and Mrs. Melba were to me when I had to evacuated during Hurricane Rita. You welcomed me because Irene and I had become best friends. Your kindness was so appreciative and I've never forgotten the love you showed to me and Unsuk (not sure if it's spelled correctly). Prayers for your precious family during this extremely difficult time.
Kim Sessions Morton
January 28, 2020
Prayers for your family at this difficult time.