It is with regret we announce the passing of Mr. Earl Raby Shelton, age 90, of Fayetteville, TN. Mr. Shelton was born November 15, 1932, to the late John R. and Burlie Steelman Shelton. He was a 1950 graduate of Central High School in Fayetteville and a 20-year member of the National Guard. Earl worked as an order dispatcher at Genesco and then as a truck driver for Elk Valley Freightlines. He was a member of Beech Grove Methodist Church, he enjoyed quail hunting, but his passion was farming. Earl farmed nearly all his life, raising beef cattle, and loved sharing that with his daughter Lisa even as late as just a few days ago. Mr. Shelton passed away November 25, 2022, at Donalson Care Center.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Betty Jean Collins Shelton; daughters, Wanda Shelton, and Lisa (Gary) Creson; grandsons, James Earl Creson, John Raby Creson, and Coy Sisk; great-grandchildren, Hannah Creson, Brookelynn Creson, Avery Sisk, and Carley Sisk; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his sisters, Ena Marie Bradford, Inez Squires, Johnnie Thomas, Jenny Mae Hall; and brother, Melvin Shelton.
Private services for Mr. Shelton were held at Barnes Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of choice.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Earl Raby Shelton.