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Mr. Don Gordon Shelton, 85, died May 11, 2020, at Vista Park Nursing Home in Douglas, Ga.

Mr. Shelton was born Aug. 12, 1934, in Giles County. He graduated from Jones High School in Lynnville in 1952. At the age of 18, he decided he wanted to see the world, so he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Once there, he ventured out to one of the surrounding towns, named Devine, where he would later meet his future wife of 59 years Dora Fernandez; they were married June 30, 1956, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine, Texas. Later in life, he served and retired out of the U.S. Navy, worked as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service and owned “Double D Gun Shop” in Victoria, Texas, and later in Homerville, Ga. He served in both Korea and Vietnam while in the military and was also a member of the Shriners, Masons and the Homerville Congregational Methodist Church. Since 2012, the couple lived in Homerville, Ga. He is preceded in death by wife Dora Fernandez Shelton; parents, Jack Owen (Beef) and Ann Lacey Dougherty Shelton; brother Jack Owen Shelton Jr.; and brother-in-law James Wolfe.

Services were held May 19 in Devine, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children at

Survivors include sons, James Shelton and wife Agnes of Homerville, Ga., Richard Shelton and wife Roberta of Zirconia, N.C.; sister Martha Helen Flowers and husband Gene of Nashville; grandchildren: Owen Shelton and wife Megan of Clayton, Ga., Sarah Yawn and husband John of Poulan, Ga.; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

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