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Whittier United Methodist Church
Friday October 5th, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am

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William Rogers Shelton

William Rogers Shelton Sr. 98 of the Qualla Community passed from this life on Sunday, September 30th, 2018. He was the husband of the late Rita Cabe Shelton and the son of the late Crawford and Lucy Shelton.

He was a member of Whittier United Methodist Church where he served for many years on the church council. He owned and operated the first Dairy Queen in Cherokee for many years. He was the owner and operator of Green Acres Farm and Cottages in Qualla. Rogers was also a livestock and tobacco farmer. He was very active in Jackson County, having served on the Jackson County School Board, SCC Foundation Board of Directors and the NC State School Board of Directors. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.

He is survived by one daughter Drucilla Shelton Russell (Barry) of Whittier; a son, William Rogers Shelton, Jr. (Sabrina) of Whittier; five grandchildren, Susan Tamaera Laney (Chad), William Rogers Shelton III, Samuel Crawford Shelton, Morton Calloway Shelton and Thomas Cabe Shelton. He also had one great grandchild, Emily Laney.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by one daughter Diane Filiak Crisp and one brother Harry Crawford.

A memorial service will be held Friday October 5th at 11 AM at Whittier United Methodist Church with Rev. David Baxter officiating. The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM at the church prior to the service.

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My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Jessie Wilson Oct 5 2018 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to all the family. Rogers and Rita both are amazing people of character and will always mean the world to me. Ed

Ed Sharpe Oct 5 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Mr. Shelton's passing. Prayers for the family, esp Drucilla, she was in school with me.

Donna Wyatt Hunt Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

To the Family and loved ones of Rogers Shelton, My condolences and prayers to all the family. I came to know Rogers in the summer of 1955. Rogers gave me my first job (summer) @ The Dairy Queen in that year. I worked for him thru 1959 while I was in High School. I came to know his parents, his wife Rita. Roger was a Mentor to me, he inspired me in so many ways. He will never be forgotten, a man I shall always respect. May God bless each of you in this time of great Loss. Charles Chambers Hendersonville, NC

Charles Chambers Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

Mr. Shelton will be missed. I really enjoyed seeing him at the farm and hearing his great stories.

Susan Fouts Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry about your father. He certainly was a wonderful supporter of Jackson County. I certainly enjoyed teaching and working with you, Drucilla and William. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Joanne W. Bradley Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry you've lost your Dad. He's at piece now. You are all in our prayers.

Sharon Shearouse Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Shelton

Sharon Shearouse Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Mr. Shelton's passing. He was a dear friend to us & both he & Mrs. Shelton will be remembered with love, laughter, respect & admiration. True friends who will never be forgotten! Prayers for you, Drucilla & all the family. May God bless you & comfort you!!

Ken(Bull) & Patti Moore Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

Love and prayers for the Shelton family

Helen Kitchin and family Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM

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