Carl Rogers Shelton, age 84, died peacefully at home on Feb. 11, 2020.
Carl was born Aug. 24, 1935 (or June 24 if it’s military) and began his military career with the U.S. Marine Corp at the age of 17. He was a proud serviceman and a member of the VFW Tuckasegee Post 9493.
His family knew him best as a stern, fierce, yet loving man. Carl loved to hunt and fish with his son, grandsons and closest friends. He spent many weekends passing his knowledge and hobbies on to his adored grandchildren. If he wasn’t hunting or fishing, you could most likely find him tinkering in his garage or catching up with old friends outside the Speedwell General Store. Most in the Speedwell community knew Carl well and often had a humorous tale to share. With thick skin, he was a true mountain man, but would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need.
In his younger days, Carl worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic. There wasn’t much that Carl couldn’t take apart and put right back together “perfectly,” even with a piece or two left out. He understood the mechanics in a simple manner, much as he viewed life. He never needed or wanted much – just a hot meal, a truck to putt in, a dog by his side and a cold beverage in his hand.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Moore Shelton; twin daughters, Kara Shelton Jones and Gwen Shelton; grandsons, Mark Junaluska (Samantha) and Carlin Shelton (Kassie); granddaughters, Kayla Junaluska (Matt), Rachel Jones and Carly Mundy; great-grandchildren, Laylan, William, Charli, Aubree and Zayden; much loved sisters-in-laws, Murriel Ashe Shelton and Martha Moore Hawkins; brother-in-law, Charles Moore (Mary); special family, Mark Junaluska and Jeff Jones; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Willie Shelton; brother, John Shelton; sister, Frankie Jean Stewart (Cline); and his first-born son, Robert Samuel Shelton.
An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.
Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., is serving the family.