Fannie Lee Shelton

December 31, 1941April 12, 2019

Fannie Lee Shelton, 77, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, April 12, 2019, at The Oaks at Mayview in Raleigh.

Lee was born on Dec. 31, 1941 in Tylertown, Miss., to William and Elberta (Ratcliff) Atwood. She graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in 1962 and moved to Jackson, Miss., where she met Roy Shelton. They were married on Nov. 8, 1963. They moved to Columbus, Miss., where she worked and assisted Roy in obtaining an engineering degree at Mississippi State. Roy’s employment with the U.S. DOT required numerous moves across the Southeastern U.S., including Tallahassee, Fla., Frankfort, Ky., Atlanta, Ga., and finally Raleigh, NC, in 1984.

A caring and attentive mother to her three children, Lee could always be found volunteering at football, basketball and softball games. She also worked outside the home in several clerical and administrative positions. Lee was known in those offices as being particularly good at handling phone lines, always offering a friendly voice to those who needed to hear one. She loved to talk to people and so was a natural for that kind of work.

Lee loved traveling with her husband and family and was able to take several enjoyable trips in retirement. Later in life, she was blessed to have six grandchildren and relished spending time with them. Listening to waves crash on the beach was one of her happiest pastimes. She also enjoyed watching Hallmark Channel movies, the afternoon soap operas that she had been following since she was a young woman and NC State Wolfpack football and men’s basketball games, especially when family members could join her around the television.

Along with her husband, Roy, of the home, survivors include; a brother Bill Atwood and wife, Barbara, of Frankfort, Ky.; two sons, Bill Shelton and wife, Christa, of Austin, Texas and Michael Shelton and wife, Kim, of Weaverville, NC; a daughter, Connie Shelton Lancaster and husband, Brent, of Raleigh; six grandchildren, Scott and Cody Shelton of Austin, Texas, Olivia and Alixanna Shelton of Weaverville, NC, and Noah and Grace Lancaster of Raleigh; and a nephew, Chris Atwood, of Frankfort, Ky.

Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Billye Sue Atwood.

The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, April 16 for a visitation at 11 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, followed by a formal procession to Raleigh Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Lee may be directed to support Gall Bladder Cancer Research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Fannie Lee Shelton to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202 or make a gift online (direct link below).


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Keith Rogers

April 15, 2019

Lee was my first cousin to whom I was very close. I was born on December 12, 1941 and she was born on December 31st of the same year. She and I were members of the same high school class graduating in 1960 in a class of ten students. I had the honor of serving as best man at her and Roy's wedding. I have been blessed to be in Raleigh for her funeral. My wife, Brenda, who is attending with me add our prayers for the family. Keith and Brenda Rogers, Lafayette, Indiana.

Mitchell Ratcliff

April 15, 2019

Fannie Lee is my first cousin. We all went to school together and enjoyed our growing up years. Sorry to hear of her passing.