Dr. Thomas G.
February 19, 1929-
August 5, 2014
Seale, AL- Funeral service for Dr. Thomas G. Shelton, MD will be held 11:30 a.m. EST, Monday, August 11, 2014 at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Noble D. Williams, officiating. Interment will follow in Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery. Visitation is today from 1 - 8 p.m. EST with a Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Memorial Service from 6 - 7 p.m. EST according to Taylor Funeral Home, Inc.
Dr. Shelton was born February 19, 1929 in Pittsburg, PA to the late Lee A. Shelton and the late Mable Shelton. He attended Willington Industrial High School, Wilmington, NC. He received his B.S. Degree in Biophysics and Chemistry from Howard University in 1953. He interrupted his undergraduate training to spend four years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Sergeant.
He received his medical training at Howard University College of Medicine. He completed his internship at the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington D.C. He trained in Internal Medicine and Chest Diseases at the Freedmen's Hospital (now known as Howard University). He later became a full time instructor, where he taught at the University for over ten years.
In 1972, he joined the staff at the Veteran's Hospital, Tuskegee, AL as Chief of Respiratory Therapy.
In 1974, he entered into private practice in Columbus, GA and helped establish the Cardio Respiratory Care Dept. at the Homer D. Cobb Memorial Hospital, Phenix City, AL. He was the first black specialist in chest diseases in Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL.
He later moved his practice to Phenix City, AL where he was the first black Internal Medicine Physician to practice. Several years later, he was appointed to serve as the first black Chairman of the Board for the Russell County Dept. of Human Resources. He continued in this position for more than 20 years. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Dr. Shelton was a member of the Alabama State Medical Association, the Russell County Medical Society, Columbus-Ft. Benning Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honorary Medical Society, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Phenix City - Russell County Chamber of Commerce, Russell County Planning Commission, member of the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board and a member of the NAACP.
He departed this life and entered eternal rest on August 5, 2014. He was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Lewis Shelton.
Dr. Shelton is survived by his wife of 20 years, Dorothy J. Shelton of Seale, AL; seven children, Andrea (William) McKinney of Houston, TX; Eric Shelton of Atlanta, GA; Monica Stewart of Phenix City, AL; Darryl (Karen) Shelton of Virginia Beach, VA; Pamela (Reuben) Schooler of Raleigh, NC; James Stewart, Jr. and Richard (Patricia) Stewart both of Phenix City, AL; his brother, Dr. Lee (Deloris) Shelton of Atlanta, GA; two god daughters, Ramona Bellamy and Brenda (Willie) Sanks; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends who adored him.
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Taylor Funeral Home
1514 5th Ave. Phenix City, AL 36868
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Aug. 10, 2014