Shelton, Wendell

Wendell Shelton

May 28, 1931 - September 13, 2020

Wendell Shelton of McKinney, Texas passed away on September 13, 2020 at the age of 89. He was born on May 28, 1931 to Clifton Derwood and Cora Melissie (Jowell) Shelton in Chapman Ranch, Texas. Wendell proudly served his country in the United States Navy January 16, 1951 till November 19, 1954 predominately aboard the USS Bexar. He married Peggy Ann Mayfield on August 16, 1958 in Dallas, Texas, and they made their home in Lubbock, Texas, from 1958-1960. They moved to Dallas in 1960 where he joined the Hillcrest High School coaching staff and later became the head football coach in 1965 and won the Dallas city championship. He earned his master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton and moved into Administration for three years at Dallas Spruce High School and Kimball High School. The Sheltons moved from Dallas to McKinney in 1970 where Wendell went into business with his brother, Carrol Shelton, as co-owner of Shelton Feed and Grain from 1970-1991. He was also a long time member of First Baptist Church McKinney. Football and sports were an important part of Wendell’s life, and after coaching in Dallas, he officiated football in the Lone Star and Southland Conferences in the mid-1970s and later the Southwest Conference from 1977 to 1990. He became the Supervisor of Football Officials in the SWC from 1990 until the end of the conference in 1995.

He is survived by his sons, Jay Wendell Shelton and wife, Darla of Anna, Texas and Jim Shelton and fiancé, Jenn Steinocher of McKinney, Texas; grandsons, Jay Wylie Shelton and Wesley Graham Shelton both of Anna, Texas; granddaughters, Annabelle Steinocher and Emily Steinocher both of McKinney, Texas; sister, Nancy Catherine Nolan of Itasca, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and relatives.

Wendell was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Ann Shelton; parents, Clifford D. (Pop) and Cora M. Shelton; brother, Carrol R. Shelton; and sister, Betty Sue Sawyer.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at First Baptist Church McKinney, 1615 W. Louisiana in McKinney.

A “come and go” visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing.

Following the funeral service, a procession will make its way to Ridgeview Memorial Park for a committal service where all are invited to attend the committal service maintaining social distancing or you may remain in your vehicle. You will be able to listen to the service through speakers set up at the gravesite.

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There are many happy memories of going to the Elevator when I was a child. My grandparents Wayne & Dorothy Scott & my Daddy Larry Scott always held Wendell & Carroll in high esteem & respect. I feel sure they're catching up on old times now. Please accept our deepest condolences. ~ The Wayne and Larry Scott families. Shelley Scott Roberts, September 19, 2020 Mr. Shelton was one of a kind and my family is blessed to have called him friend. We will remember the evenings we sat and watched the Andy Griffith show and listen to him just start singing away. Loved listening to him recount many stories and amazing memories that he had over his many years on earth. What true love he shared for his family and friends and his dear Peggy. So happy they have been reunited. We pray for the family and friends that remain on earth to carry on his legacy and memory. Tina J. Puckett, September 17, 2020 Mr. Shelton was one of my favorite customers that would come into the bank. He would come all the way to our branch even though there was a closer location to his house just so he could say "Hello" and shake my hand. He sure did love those grandkids and spoke of them often with pride. I know in my heart he is so unbelievably happy to be able to see his sweet Peggy again. He was a fine man and I am honored to have been his banker for these past 11 years. Becky Cooley, September 17, 2020 I will always remember his kind words, his gentle grace and the service he gave our country. It was an honor to know him as a fellow Veteran and friend, but most importantly as family. K.D. Lewis Jr., September 17, 2020 Our sympathies to the Shelton family. Wendell was a wonderful Christian and our neighbor for many years. Always enjoyed talking with him, usually along the roadside in our neighborhood where he would pull over in his pickup and share a story with us regarding his many life experiences He had a way with words and you always knew he cared about you. The love of his life was Peggy who will I am sure welcome him to his eternal home along with our Lord. Charlie and Valerie New, September 16, 2020 Wendell will be greatly missed. With my deepest Sympathy - Peace and Comfort for you and your family. Jackie Jackie Young, September 16, 2020 Mr. Shelton - You my Friend was a Gift. Loved all of our conversations and experiences together. Always enjoyed your Stories, inspiration and gentle way. My favorite greeting was from you at Church every Sunday. I will miss your Handshakes... Smile and encouraging word. God bless you! Robert (Bobby) Dyke, September 16, 2020 Coach Shelton was a good coach & mentor but even more important he taught us how to be good men. He had us just for a short period of time but he impacted the rest of our lives for the good. May he rest in peace with the Lord. Andy Browder, September 15, 2020 Coach Shelton had a big influence on my life. I was on the HHS 65 team and proud to have had him as my Head Coach. He was a great leader and role model. Always had a smile on his face and a great attitude. He will be dearly missed and my prayers go out to his family. Joe McDaniel Joe McDaniel, September 15, 2020 Jay, I'm sorry for your loss. Tricia Parks, September 15, 2020 Dear Shelton Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you comfort, peace and strength. I know that there are no words that can mend your heartache, but know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers! May God bless and keep you! With Deepest Sympathy, Susan Minner "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." - Matthew 5:4 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." - Revelation 21:4 Susan Minner, September 15, 2020 Jay, Sending our condolences to you and your family. We pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Sincerely, Elizabeth Elizabeth Parks Thrash, September 15, 2020 When Wendell Shelton became head football coach at Hillcrest High School, he inherited a small, ragtag group of returning players. I emphasize “ragtag” because as a group, we had accomplished little and even less was expected of us. I emphasize “small” because we were generally small in stature and body habitus and there were only a few of us. On some days during the season we didn’t have any able bodies to line up 11 vs. 11. Despite these obvious shortcomings, Coach Shelton was able to convince us that we could succeed and actually win football games. He did so not so much with Xs and Os or specific football techniques, but by what he did on and off the field to support us. Whether it was scrounging a football helmet from the Dallas Cowboys to fit one of our players, whether it was refusing a talented athlete with an obnoxious personality and an obnoxious father from joining the squad, whether is prodding an indifferent faculty into actually going to the games and promoting school spirit, or whether it was encouraging players who were ready to quit football, drop out of school, and just party to stay on the squad and graduate – Coach Shelton did it. And he encouraged each of us simply to do our best. I learned a valuable lesson from Coach Shelton – and it was simply not to over-coach. Coach Shelton turned the offense over to me and thereby gave me the confidence to do what I thought was best in every situation. He only sent in 5-6 plays over the course of the entire season. So I didn’t even think twice about silently changing a play to a quarterback keeper on 4th down and 5 yards to go on the South Oak Cliff 45 yard line. But the true measure of the man was that 50+ years later we were still calling him, he was still calling us, and we were still taking him out to lunch. With love and respect – we will miss you coach. Samuel E. Lewis, M.D., F.A.C.C., September 15, 2020 So sorry to learn of Wendell's death. We were referees together in the Southwest Conference, and later he was my supervisor of officials. He will be missed. Rogers Redding, September 15, 2020 So sorry to hear of Wendell’s passing. He was a friend, breakfast buddy, and one who loved to share great coaching and referee stories. Many laughs together. Will sure miss those times. He was a faithful Christian and know he is enjoying his home going and being with his Heavenly Father and Peggy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jay and Jim and all the family. Coach Joe and Judy Bratcher, September 15, 2020 What great friend, Wendell was to so many. I was fortunate to serve on Wendell’s crew and serve under him while he was supervisor of officials in the old SWC. Talked to him by phone 2 weeks ago. He was ready to go see Jesus and Peggy, in that order. Mike Liner Lubbock Mike Liner, September 14, 2020 Jim and Jenn, I am praying for comfort for you guys! From all the wonderful stories you have told me, I know Wendell was a wonderful man and father. Camron Hart, September 14, 2020 Wendell was a friend and one of the finest men I have ever known. He supported our little church and served His Lord until the Lord blew the whistle and called Time. Our prayers are with the family. Julie and Rickey Hargrave, September 14, 2020 I am so sorry to hear about Wendell’s passing. Sending condolences and prayers to the family. Jacque Poston Waddell, September 14, 2020