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Billy Carson Shelton

September 12, 1947 ~ October 4, 2018 (age 71)

Billy Carson (Pete) Shelton passed away peacefully on Oct. 4, 2018. Bill was born Sept. 12, 1947, in Winston-Salem, NC, to Hardy Ellington Shelton and Rosietta McNeil Shelton and spent his early childhood years on the family farm in Yadkinville.  In 1965, Bill graduated from Gray High School in Winston-Salem, where he played basketball and ran track. After graduating from Western Carolina University in 1969, he entered the United States Air Force and received his officer's commission in 1970. During that time, Bill was stationed at Sembach Air Base, Germany, where he met Janice, a school teacher on the American base. They were married in 1971.  After his discharge in 1973, Bill and Janice moved to Knoxville, TN, where Bill worked for the Knoxville Utilities Board and also served six years in the Tennessee Air National Guard. Their daughter Monica and son Peter were born in Knoxville. In 1977, the family moved back to Winston-Salem.  Bill began working for the City of Winston-Salem as an IT professional and remained there until his retirement in 2002.  In retirement, he and Janice had wonderful opportunities to share their lifelong love of travel and the outdoors, visiting many national parks and countries around the world.  A longtime woodworker, Bill also put his retirement years to use building furniture, boxes crafted of exotic wood, and other keepsakes for his family and friends.  Bill let his workshop be a place where his peace of mind merged with his inspiration, and his passion for the craft of woodworking lives on through his many creations. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janice Harvat Shelton, daughter Monica (Shelton) Schnurr, son Peter Shelton, son-in-law John Schnurr, and grandchildren Roger and Colleen Schnurr; his sisters Mary Peterson and Pam Shelton.  He was predeceased by his brothers: Gene, Homer, and Joe Shelton.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at 2:00p.m., at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, 3315 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Trellis Supportive Care (formerly Hospice), 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at

Donations may be made to:

Trellis Supportive Care
101 Hospice Ln, Winston-Salem NC 27103
Tel: 1-336-768-3972

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