GREENSBORO Frances Leftwich Tarpley Shelton, age 91, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Blumenthal's Nursing Home in Greensboro, NC. She served as a pastor's wife of the Cornerstone Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church for a total of 73 years.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, the Reverend Bennett Dodd Shelton, Sr.; Daughter, Lydia Gail Wolfe-Johnson and her husband Dr. David Johnson; Son, Bennett Dodd Shelton, Jr. (Danny Ray) and wife Janis J. Shelton; two granddaughters, Allison Wolfe Oster and husband David Oster, and Erin Gray Shelton Everhart and her husband Elliot Emery Everhart; and one great-grandchild, Adelaide Gray Everhart, age one. Also, she is survived by her sisters Dorothy Haley, Phyllis Zina and Ann Rowan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Phillip Arden Tarpley, mother, Winnie Mae Childress Tarpley, her son, Rev. Ralph Phillip Shelton, and sisters, Louise Ricketts, Lena Stowe, Marie Vanalst, and Bernice Kent.
A Service of Celebration will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dry Fork, Virginia at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Danny Penny of Stanley, NC, the Rev. Bishop Doyle G. Marley, and the Rev. Joe M. Beck officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Frances has requested memorials to be made to The Falcon Children's Home, P.O. Box 39 Falcon, North Carolina 28342.
The family and friends would like to express their sincere and deep gratitude to the staff at Blumenthal's Nursing home for their loving care and attention that Frances received while there.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Danville is serving the Shelton family.
Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com