His moment of life was not then. It was his important life of ministry in the Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he was born again under the ministry of The Rev. Mr. George Stanley, the grandfather of Charles Stanley. He sang songs of the old church, leading the choir and leading the congregation.
Rev. Bennett D. Shelton, age 99 of 7 Westridge Ct., Greensboro, NC, a prominent and well-known native and minister, formerly of the Dry Fork, VA area went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 13, 2016 in Greensboro, NC. He married the late Frances Tarpley Shelton August 23, 1940. During the years that he served the Lord he pastored eleven different churches and served as interim pastor for five different churches prior to his retirement. He was ordained in the Cornerstone Conference in 1944 and served for seventy years in the ministry.
Rev. Shelton is survived by a daughter Gail S. Johnson and husband Dr. David Johnson of Greensboro, NC; a son Dan Shelton and wife Janis of Greensboro, NC; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Shelton of Troy, NC: two grandchildren, Allison Oaster and Erin Everhart both of Greensboro, NC: a great-granddaughter, Adelaide Gray Everhart.
In addition to his parents and wife he was predeceased by a son Ralph P. Shelton.
The family will receive friends, 10:00 a.m. till 10:45 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 3612 Dry Fork Rd., Dry Fork, VA, 24549 prior to the funeral service.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Dr. Danny Penny, Rev. Bishop Doyle Marley, Rev. Roger Collins and Rev. Gerald O’Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church building fund, 3612 Dry Fork Rd., Dry Fork, VA, 24549.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, West End Chapel, 511 Church Ave. Danville is serving the Shelton family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
[Editor's comment: I want to thank the Rev. Mr. Joe Beck, a retired pastor and conference leader of the Cornerstone Conference, who now resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia for alerting me to the home going of Brother Bennett Shelton. Had he not informed me, I would have missed publishing this important news. I have met Brother Shelton when I have attended events in the Western North Carolina Conference since 1957.]