At 7:30 pm, January 2, 2019, Larry C. Shelton of Hayesville, NC passed away peacefully in the North East Georgia Medical Center after a short illness.
He was a native of Hayesville, NC and the son of the late Grady and Beatrice York Shelton. Larry was drafted into the Army right out of high school where he served a one year tour in Vietnam. He loved his country and was proud to serve. His first job was as a hard rock driller on Franklin Mountain and his last job was the NC Department of Transportation, and many other jobs in between.
He was all about family. Larry loved fly fishing and quite time on the river. He was a guitar picker and singer of songs; he loved country and country gospel songs especially Merle Haggard. Larry was an easy-going mild manner man with an awesome sense of humor which earned him much love and respect for his family and friends. His motto was "keep on picking".
Larry was a member of the Fires Creek Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey Roach Shelton; one daughter, Candy Kirby and husband Benny of Hayesville; one son, Clancy Shelton and wife Brinita of Murphy; one grandson, Bronson Kirby of Hayesville; one granddaughter, Fionnah Hallgren Shelton of Murphy; mother-in-law, Christine Roach of Hayesville; brother-in-law, Johnny Roach and wife Joan of the Peachtree community; sister-in-law, Gail Lands and husband Tony of Hayesville; nephew, Cordell Lands; niece, Haley Evans Jones; Aunts, Nell Norton and Wanda Shelton both of Lake Toxaway, NC; Uncle, Johnny Shelton and wife Louise of Hayesville; and many cousins and friends which he loved dearly.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Fires Creek Baptist Church in Hayesville. Rev. Mark Laney and Rev. Dallas Crowder will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post #96 Murphy, American Legion Post 532 Hayesville, VFW Post 6812, Hayesville, NC and the Marine Corp League Marble, NC. Pallbearers will be Jason Shelton, Warren Shelton, Timmy Shelton, B.J. Shelton, Steven R. Shelton and Dexter Shelton.
The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Fires Creek Baptist Church.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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