Thomas Eugene “Tom” Shelton

May 20, 1949 ‒ January 27, 2018

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Thomas Eugene “Tom” Shelton passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, NC. He was 68.

He was born May 20, 1949 in Mocksville, NC to parents George William Shelton & Eloise (Williams) Green. After he graduated from High School he went on to do some college work.

On January 18, 1986, he married Virginia “Ginger” Shelton and they shared 31 wonderful years of marriage together until she passed away last year.

Tom worked for the Sprint Telephone Company, working his way up until retiring. In spare time, he took pleasure in traveling in the motor home.

He is survived by his daughter Jeanie Brown; granddaughter Mary Catherine Brown; mother Lela Shelton; aunts & uncles Wayne, Betty Sue, Gerald and Roger; and Marlene Nail

In addition to his wife Virginia “Ginger” Shelton, he was preceded in death by his son Eric Paul Shelton; parents George & Eloise; grandparents William & Brownie Williams and uncle Baxter Williams.

Tom’s family will receive friends Friday, February 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow the calling hours at 12:15 p.m. in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation. Please send checks to 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or even donate online at:

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  • We loved Gene and will miss him, but will keep him in our hearts I am so glad we had time together thsee past months. Love to Jeanie, Marlene and Mary. You stood tall.

  • I will treasure the years I worked with Tom and Ginger at the telephone company. God blessed us with them.

  • Gene and I were friends all the way back to elementary school. We got into trouble from time to time, but had a lot of fun growing up together. We had reconnected the last few years years and shared and enjoyed each other’s company. Gene had a lot of challenges the last couple of years. It is really difficult for me to say good bye to my buddy. RIP Gene.