Benny Lester Shelton

April 17, 1939December 28, 2011

Benny Lester Shelton, 72 years of age, died Wednesday, December 28, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Sue Shelton. The two were high school sweethearts. He is survived by his two sons Jack Shelton, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and JD Shelton, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Jack Shelton and his wife Robin have two daughters, Gracie Shelton, age 18 and Isabelle Shelton, age 14. JD Shelton and his wife Pam have a son, Cale Shelton, age 15, and a daughter, Cayden Shelton, age 11. Ben Shelton, born in Arkansas, was the only child of Lester and Lois Shelton. At early age, his family relocated to Sulphur, Oklahoma. It was in Sulphur, Oklahoma where he met and began dating Sue Shelton. After high school, Ben went on to graduate from Central State University in Edmund, Oklahoma. After graduation, Ben obtained a teaching and coaching position in Oklahoma. Ben changed careers around the time of the birth of his first son, Jack Shelton. Ben began working in sales with Warner Lambert. Ben and his young family left Oklahoma and moved to New Jersey for a short period of time. Warner Lambert transferred Ben and his family to Tucker, Georgia in 1971. Ben was a member of the Tucker First United Methodist Church. He was an avid college football fan who always looked forward to football Saturdays in the fall. He loved to play golf and was doing so weekly up until his death. Ben never met a stranger and thoroughly enjoyed talking to anyone, anywhere.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 31, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, December 30, 2011

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Ed Maes

January 6, 2012

Dear Jack,Jeff, and families, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and would like to offer you all my heartfelt sympathies. Your dad and mom were like family to us when we moved in next door in June 1987. They were such a comfort to have as neighbors, and treated our son Alex (3 months at that time) like a grandchild. They always inquired about our families too. I feel very enriched to have known them and want you to know that both your Dad and Mom (Grandma and Grandpa) touched us deeply. May you all find comfort in each other and your friends at this difficult time.
With much affection and respect, Ed, Penny, and Alex

Beth and Lee Thomas

January 3, 2012

To JD and Family

Please accept our sympathies for your loss. Your integrity, honesty, and drive provide insight into those that raised you. I am sure that Mr. Ben Shelton was a significant factor in all that is good in your life. We are thinking of you and your family during this tough time

January 3, 2012

Although I have not had the privilege of knowing Ben's family I offer heartfelt sympathy. I remember Ben as a caring person, always smiling and friendly. He was a great asset to Tucker Methodist Church.Ethel Bay, a church friend.

Ray Parks

January 2, 2012

I would like to offer the family my sincere condolences. I've enjoyed getting to know Ben while working and playing golf with him at Heritage Golf Course. You could tell that he was a family man because he often spoke well of his two sons and his grandchildren. He will be truly missed by all that knew him. May he rest in peace and remain in your hearts forever.

Bob Rogers, Jr.

January 2, 2012

Ben was a faithful member of Tucker First UMC & a dedicated usher at the 8:30am service every Sunday he was needed. He had a warm welcome for all of us & always made us feel glad we were there. I'll miss him very much indeed. My deepest sympathy to his family. He was a good man.

Evelyn Thomas

January 1, 2012

I knew Ben thru the walking group at FBC Tucker. He was such an encourager to me, and always had a smile and friendly greeting for everyone. Ben met me outside the gym one recent morning to praise me for my weight loss, saying "Damn, you look good!" On the morning of the day he passed, he asked me how I had maintained my diet thru the holidays, then wished me a happy new year before he left. I will miss Ben very much.

Carolyn Freck

December 31, 2011

I met Ben through my husband during the time they both worked for JCP. During one visit to the store, Ben told me I looked like I had gained weight. When Sue found out what he had said, she gave him heck since that is the last thing you should say to a female! It never failed. Every time I saw him after that, he asked me if I had gained weight and then flashed that million-dollar smile! I'll always remember his fun and funny personality.
Carolyn Freck

Ted Williams, Jr

December 31, 2011

Thank you Ben for being such a good friend to my father and your co-worker at JCP. He always thought highly of you. I thank you for helping me with qualifying his estate. My God bless you and take your soul into his kingdom


December 31, 2011

May the God of all comfort help you in this most difficult time.
(2 Cor. 1:3,4)

Joe & Sheryl Lupy

December 31, 2011

Goodbye old friend. You will be missed by your friends and family.