ERNUL - Shelton Jay Smith, 49, of Ernul, went home to be with The Lord on Saturday, December 15, 2012. A former State Trooper, Shelton served with the N.C. Highway Patrol for more than sixteen years, had served with the New Bern Police Dept. and had owned his own painting company for several years. Shelton had a gift for making people laugh and enjoyed collecting seashells. Perhaps his greatest joy in life was spending time with his friends and family, especially with his son, Brandon and his mother, Ann.
Service will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Pollock-Best Funeral Chapel with Dr. Steve Fitzgerald and the Rev. Danny French officiating. He will be laid to rest with his grandparents in the Hill Family Cemetery at a later date.
Shelton is survived by his son, Brandon Jay Smith and wife, Dannielle, of Rota, Spain; his parents, Ann Turner and husband, the Rev. Perry Turner of Ernul; brothers, Stephen J. Smith of Ernul, Michael C. Smith and wife, Teresa, of Cove City and Craig Smith and wife, Sarah, of Alaska; stepsister, Susan T. Branton of Vanceboro; stepbrother, Perry G. Turner Sr. of New Bern; nieces and nephews, Chris and Chelsea Smith, Tyler and Danielle Smith, Grace and Claire Smith, Bryan Branton, Julie Broadway and Perry G. Turner Jr.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and seven great nieces and nephews; and his stepmother, Linda Smith of New Bern.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adolph and Ethel Hill, and his father, Murray J. Smith Jr.
The family will receive friends just prior to the service from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times at the home of Perry and Ann Turner. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Dr. Ken Wilkins, the nurses and staff of the 2nd and 4th floors at CarolinaEast Medical Center and to Two Rivers Healthcare Center – Neuse Campus for all of the compassionate and attentive care given to Shelton during his illness. Friends are invited to sign the online guest book by visiting www.pollockbest.com.
Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations has the honor of serving The Smith Family.