Lt. Col. Ret. Earnest Allen Shelton

September 22, 1917March 17, 2014
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LT. Col. (Ret) Earnest Allen Shelton was born September 22, 1917 in Brashear, Missouri; Son of the late Edgar and Lois Platz Shelton. He graduated in 1935 and immediately entered the armed services. He served 36 years. He was in World War II, Korean War and Vietnam and stayed in the armed service until he retired as Lt. Col. in 1972. He was wounded several times and received numerous medals which included, Combat Badge, Parachute Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army General Staff Identification Badge and Alabama Commendation Medal. After retiring from the service he took up flying and taught flying at the private airport in Columbus, Georgia. During this time he taught a number of prominent people to fly. He taught over 500 people to fly. He also gave tours of the airports for children, over 5,000 of them and people from the nursing home came out for tours. On November 1, 2002, the Mayor of Columbus named that day "Earnie Shelton Day". The City of Columbus also named the street in front of the private airport, formerly CSG, now Flightways Airport, "Earnie Shelton Drive". He has attended Hillside United Methodist since 1999. He is a member of Wilson Williams Masonic Lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Phenix City Shrine Club, Alcazar Temple in Montgomery, AL, Military Officers Association of America, Military Officers of World War and the VFW. Earnie's first wife, Gladys Shelton, predeceased him and he is survived by his present wife, Carolyn G. Shelton, daughter, Margaret Ann Klein, Son, Douglas L. Shelton, three step-sons, James Bradford Moore and wife Vickii, Albert Keith Moore and wife, Patricia, Gregory Robin Moore and wife, Shirley Ann, brother, Joe and wife Nite, 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and many loving friends. Funeral services with military honors will be held 11:00 A.M Friday Mar. 21, 2014 in the chapel of Striffler-Hamby, Phenix City, AL with burial to follow in Main Post Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home. To sign the online registry, please go to



  • Visitation Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 21, 2014

Lt. Col. Ret. Earnest Allen Shelton

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Randy Towler

March 26, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ernie's family, we are so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of the time I spent shoulder to shoulder with Ernie in the cockpit. He taught me to fly and so much more. He was a "Mighty fine man!" and I'm glad to have know him, he will be missed by all.

Brent Shelton

March 25, 2014

Dear Uncle Allen,
As your only Shelton nephew, I was more than proud to call you my Uncle! As a kid I was always excited to know that you & Aunt Gladys, and later Carolyn, were coming to Missouri to visit. I enjoyed hearing your stories even though some of them I may have heard before. Through the years I've heard storied of growing up on the farm near Brashear, the cat walking through paint, and every jovial story followed by a hearty laugh.
In later years I got to know you as Allen Shelton, the man, and could see the discipline that 36 years in the Army brings to a person. Although our visits grew less frequent, and the last time you didn't know me, I still saw the same man that I knew & respected all of my life.
I was honored to be a part of your funeral service by singing for you and now as you have gone before us, give my love to Grandma & Grandma & get that carom board warmed up, we'll all be right behind you one of these days, and once again, everything will be "mighty fine"!

alexis delong

March 23, 2014

R.I.P Earnest Shelton ,
You were a great man who lived to be in his 90's. You fought in World War 2 , and you flew helicopters and all other important stuff. You are a true , brave , and independent guy . I'm sorry cancer had to get to you,. You were like a grandpa to me , a best friend. When I would come to work with my mom, you would always be there , and listen , and talk to me. Your smile was beautiful , and you are a sweetheart. I'm glad your out of your pain and you will always be remembered by me. ! I love you Mr. Shelton , rest piece baby boy and send those angels down to watch me . I'll make you proud and keep moving in life. !

Phil Johnson

March 20, 2014

I will be eternally grateful for earnie. And to carolyn for looking after him,

Henry Lowe

March 20, 2014

Ernie was a great pilot and a great guy. He will be missed in the aviation community.

Jim West

March 19, 2014

I worked with Earnie in the late 1970's and 80's and flew many many miles with him.. He was a great friend and one of the best flight instructors I ever knew. All the years I have known Earnie, I never knew him to be upset over anything. He was always smiling, laughing and everything was "mighty fine." I will always cherish the memories of having him as a true friend. He was loved and will be missed. --Jim West--

Mary Scarbrough

March 19, 2014

My sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Earnie Shelton. He was a very respected, admired, and loved real Southern gentleman, always with a big smile, hug, and greeting. He will be sorely missed never forgotten. He was a legend that will continue to live on forever. May your cherished memories bring you comfort during this time. God Bless You All.

Sam McQuagg, JR

March 19, 2014

One of the "over 500" who took flying lessons from Ernie in the latter 1970's. Ernie was mentor and friend to MANY young pilots in Columbus. May the family be blessed with the best of memories.
Sincerely, Sam McQuagg JR

Brenda (Platz) Capps

March 19, 2014

So very sorry for your loss....prayers for the family...

Rhonda Mitchell

March 19, 2014

To Brent and his family, I pray for your comfort and peace during this very difficult time. My thoughts are with you.