Jimmy Dean Shelton, 49, son of Wade and Viola (Walker) Shelton, was born Feb. 21, 1964, in Houston, Mo. He passed away June 21, 2013, at his home in Bucyrus, Mo.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his brother, Gregory Wade Shelton, and his mother, Viola. He is survived by his father, Wade; his sister, Brenda Lanning and husband, Todd; his brother, Dewayne Shelton and wife, Pennie; his niece, Jennifer Shelton; his nephew, Greg Shelton and wife, Crystal; two great-nieces, Lilly and Emily; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jimmy grew up and lived in the Houston area most of his life. He was in the top 10 percent of his high school graduating class in 1982. He was class president of his senior class.
After high school he joined his father and brother in the family body shop in Bucyrus, Mo., where he did body work and was known as one of the best in the business. He later moved to Kansas City, where he worked on a road construction crew. He then moved to the Branson area, where he did body work for several years. He returned home to Houston, where he owned and operated his own business. After selling his business, he helped with the family farm and shop. He also cut wood for his family, neighbors and the local Piney River Brewery.
Over the past several years,, Jimmy developed a great love for gardening and each year it grew larger than the previous year. He would plant corn every two weeks to make sure he would have it throughout the summer. He had attracted many repeat customers to purchase his home grown produce and they knew he took great pride in producing it. What beautiful gardens he grew.
Jimmy also loved mushroom hunting. He was featured on KY3 a few years ago showing off a monster mushroom he had found. He enjoyed spending the day on the river floating with his best friend, Michael Moore. He enjoyed turkey and deer hunting and fishing. Jimmy spent many weekends at the lake enjoying being around his friends and family.
Anyone who knew Jimmy would agree he was one-of-a-kind. Many of us will remember him as Crash and Burn for this was his greatest love for many years with his truck pulling hobby. He won many trophies for this and was proud of each one.
Jimmy treasured his high school friends and the good times they shared together. He enjoyed keeping up with his classmates and attending reunions to see everyone again.
Jimmy believed in God and had recently made the statement, “What a wonderful God we have.” Every day when he would lie down to take a nap or go to bed he would pray.
He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. He has gone home to meet his Heavenly Father and be reunited with his mother and brother and other family and friends.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Evans Funeral Home. A celebration of Jimmy’s life is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home with Paul Murray officiating.
Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.