Mr. Collin Greene “Bud” Shelton, Jr., age 79, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday evening (1/27/20) at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following an extended illness.
Born January 5, 1942 in Lawrenceburg, TN, he was a son of the late Collin Greene Shelton, Sr. and Vivian Williams Shelton. He was raised in Lawrenceburg and had attended Columbia Military College on a football scholarship. He also attended Memphis State University studying Pre-Med. Changing career paths, he became a medical equipment salesman, retiring from Finova. Selling MRI machines, CT machines, and other equipment, he had worked and lived in Texas, Vermont, and other places before settling in Alpharetta 1992. Following retirement, he moved to Blackshear in 1998.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear and attended the MISFITS Sunday School Class. Bud was a Unit Director for the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteering to help those affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes in states including New York, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Disaster Relief work was his true passion along with ministry. He actively participated in the First Baptist Men’s Ministry helping to oversee the meal preparation for the Annual Venison Supper. Each year Bud faithfully assisted in preparing lunch for the children and staff who participated in the Pierce County Special Olympics.
Along with his passions for volunteering with the Disaster Relief and ministering to others, Bud enjoyed his yearly fishing and hunting trips with his friends. Bud loved his family, friends, a good fish fry, and sitting around the dining room table after a delicious meal enjoying conversation.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Sam Shelton.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Shelton of Blackshear; his son, Col. Collin Greene “Bo” Shelton, III (wife Karyn) of Dallas, GA; his daughter, Ashley Hurst (husband Jerrod) of Cartersville, GA; his step-sons, Kevin Strickland (wife Yvette) of Cummings, GA and Brian Strickland (wife Frankie) of Waycross; 5 grandchildren, Eryn Hanes (husband Jerry) of Brentwood, TN, Zach Shelton of Sadieville, KY, Jamie Strickland of Cumming, GA, Michael Strickland of Cumming, GA, and Ethan Strickland of Waycross; his sister, Gretchen Thompson of Atlanta; several nieces, nephews and many friends and other relatives.
A private family service will take place.
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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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