Nona Shelton Roberts

nona roberts

May 19, 1924 ~ September 5, 2021

Born in: Madison Co., NC
Resided in: Oak Ridge, TN

Nona Shelton Roberts, 97, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

A native of Madison Co., NC, Nona was a daughter of the late Soley and Ruth Shelton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Marion Roberts; son-in-law, Jim Ferguson; and all 11 of her siblings.

Mrs. Roberts loved quilting, gardening, and tending to her flowers, and especially loved her daily walks with her canine companion of over 14 years, Penny.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail Ferguson; grandsons, Royce Ferguson (Reneé) and Brian Ferguson (Stephanie); great-grandchildren, Gavin Ferguson, Cole Ferguson, Ashton Ferguson, Taylor Jarnigan (Chad) and Hunter Parrish; sister-in-law, Glenna Shelton; nine nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Gary Leffew.

The graveside service for Mrs. Roberts will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Pastor Craig Shelton will officiate.

Her family wishes to express their thanks to Amedisys Home Health Care, particularly Veronica and Angie, for their compassion and care.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Graveside Service: September 10, 2021 2:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Gail and family : I have so many fond memories of being at your house when you, Sandra and I were in high school. I remember going on those great fishing trips with your family and eating your Mom’s great cooking. My Mother, Mary Lee, passed away July 18, she would have been 97 next January. We certainly will miss our dear Mothers. My condolences to each of you and I will pray for you – now and in the coming days.

  2. Gail, I will miss Nona and getting to see you too. May she rest easy now and you remember she is always with us. Keep strong you did an amazing job caring for her, above and beyond what I have ever seen!

  3. Gail my sister from another Mister and my Sister from another Mother you and your family has my Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy and Condolences I’m here for you Sis I Love you and I’m praying for you, what a wonderful daughter and wife you have been now it’s time for you to get so rest and relaxation hope to see you soon Love Fruity💋🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  4. The family has my deepest sympathy. Nona will be missed by all of her neighbors. Memories of her will be a joy to remember.

  5. Nona was my neighbor from the time I was born until I was 21. I went back to visit occasionally after we moved, but I always kept saying I’d go check on her and then I had heard she moved back to North Carolina. She was the first to know when anything in the neighborhood happened. Her and Bud were like surrogate grandparents – in addition to Paul Shaffer and his wife. Love her dearly and sending lots of love to Gail and the family.

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