January 4, 1921 ~ July 26, 2016

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Manley "Jack" Shelton, Jr., 95, of Asheville, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Charles George VA Medical Center. Born in Buncombe County to the late Manley, Sr. and Martha Shelton, he was a proud veteran of the US Army. During his Army career he was badly wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and after recovering for eleven months, came home to his wife and son, who was born six days before he was wounded. When he was younger, he and his brother sang duets together until his brother passed away. While he was pursuing a musical career, he made friends with such legends as Carl Smith and Don Gibson. When he returned to Asheville after his time in the Army, he went to work at WLOS-TV and retired after 37 years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Geraldine Sams Shelton; also siblings, Richard, Loren, Ursie, Curley, Murrill Shelton, Madeline Crum, Eva Kozel and Bertie Fox. Survivors include his son, Jack Shelton, of Asheville. A funeral service will be held Monday, August 1st, at 2:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Black Mountain, with burial to follow. Major Mark Satterlee will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 204 Haywood St., Asheville, NC, 28806.

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  1. Jackie,
    You have my deepest heart felt sympathy in the loss of your father.
    Uncle Jack was a true gentleman with an easy smile, and a gentle nature. I have always been proud of his accomplishments as a musician; as he was widely known among the older generation of Greene County TN.
    He was truly one of the ‘Greatest Generation’ and he will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.

  2. I went to church at the Salvation Army with Jack Shelton. He was a very kind, nice man and greatly admired for that and his military service. He will be missed. May God comfort all.

  3. A true Gentleman. Jack, our thoughts are with you. Your mom and dad were very special to us back in the days.

  4. A pleasent person to know always friendly and pleasure to talk to. RIP
    Attended Church with him at the Salvation army.

  5. Mr. Shelton, I was sadden to hear about your dad, we at Cracker Barrel enjoyed seeing him so much, he was such a joy to be around. Just know that you and your family are in our hearts and our prayers.

  6. Jack, I worked with your dad for a very brief time at @WLOS in the early 70’s. He was a true gentleman.!!!! Very well respected man.
    Praying God will give you strength to face the difficult days ahead.
    With Deepest Sympathy
    Betty Ponder


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