The Rev. James Wheeler Shelton, 88, St. Augustine, Fla., went to be with his Heavenly Father on March 6, 2013, in Community Hospice while surrounded by his loving family. He was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Nashville, Tenn., to James Ernest and Marjorie Elizabeth Shelton. At the age of 2 his family moved to Pontiac, Mich.
He experienced the call to the ministry during a Missionary Conference at First Baptist Church, Pontiac in 1941. When the war came he laid aside the call to preach and was going on with previous plans of a career with the Navy Air Reserve, but God intervened and after a struggle he yielded to God"s will and he left that fall to attend seminary at Bob Jones University.
After college he moved to Miami, Fla., where he served as an associate pastor and educational director at Calvary Baptist Church and was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister on May 30, 1948. He served many churches in his lifetime.
Years later he graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor"s degree in education and served as an educator in Central Florida including Williston, Fort McCoy, and Chiefland while continuing to serve as a minister.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Lee; his three children, James W. Shelton II, (Dianne), G. Shelton Kiernan (Paul) and Melissa Lord (Mike); eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors at 12 noon and services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Moultrie Baptist Church, 3966 US Hwy 1 South, St. Augustine. In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to Moultrie Baptist Church or Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.
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St. Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of services