Captain John Presley Shelton

Posted 7/14/20

Captain John Presley Shelton was born May 6, 1922 in Wills Point, Texas to John Milton Shelton & Leatha Sledge Shelton. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas in 1940. He then attended Rice University to study Chemical Engineering. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps as a Cadet.

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Captain John Presley Shelton was born May 6, 1922 in Wills Point, Texas to John Milton Shelton & Leatha Sledge Shelton. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas in 1940. He then attended Rice University to study Chemical Engineering. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps as a Cadet.

While in that program, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1946 with the class of 1947. He spent the next 30 years serving his country as a naval submarine officer, intelligence specialist and retired as Captain, U.S. Navy. He had 14 commands including the submarine USS Wahoo and several deep draft surface warfare ships. His last duty station was in Rabat, Morocco where he served as Defense Attaché during the middle east crisis in the early 1970’s. He earned various medals for his exemplary service, including the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal. He served his country and his family selflessly and honorably for his entire life.

Captain Shelton died June 28, 2020. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and wife, Mary Shelton. Surviving family members include son, John Presley Shelton, Jr.; daughter, Stacy Shelton Fuchs; grandchildren, Candice Roades, Jennifer, Gingras, Stephen Fuchs, Anton Fuchs, Linz Shelton, John Presley Shelton, III and Brooke Shelton and great-grandchildren, Tristan Roades, Ethan Roades, Gracelynn Roades, Peyton Roades, Corbyn Roades, Jack Pashman, John Presley Shelton, IV, Hallie Shelton, Jake Zipperer, Kaitlyn Zipperer, Ava Gingras, Hallam Fuchs, Ramona Fuchs, Emma Fuchs, Madelyn Fuchs and Aiden Fuchs.

A funeral service was held 10 A.M., Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Madisonville Funeral Home, Madisonville, Texas. Graveside services were held 3 P.M. at White Rose Cemetery, Wills Point, Texas.

Arrangements were in care of Madisonville Funeral Home, Madisonville, Texas.

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