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Robert Gene Pinky Shelton
August 28, 1937 - March 25, 2017

6-9pm, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Weaver Mortuary, 1718 West Third Avenue, Williamson, Mingo County, West Virginia 25661. Telephone 304.235.2414

First United Methodist Church, Second Ave., Williamson, WV
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Mt. View Memory Gardens at Huddy, Pike County, Kentucky


Robert Gene Pinky Shelton Dies

Robert Gene Pinky Shelton
Registered Pharmacist
Williamson, Mingo County, West Virginia

Robert Gene Pinky Shelton, a lifelong Williamson resident, and widely known and respected Tug Valley pharmacist, passed away on March 25, 2017, at Baptist Health of Lexington, in Lexington, Kentucky, following a brief illness. He was 79.

Born August 28, 1937, in Goody, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Robert Lee and Ida Beatrice Craig Shelton.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Donald Shelton, and two sisters-in-law, Helen Stepp Shelton and Betty Maynard Shelton.

Affectionately known as Pinky, Bob was a 1955 graduate of Williamson High School and went on to attend the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Science Pharmacy Degree. He graduated from UK in 1961, and returned to Williamson where he was actively engaged in his profession for 56 years. He was employed as a clinical pharmacist with the Appalachian Regional Hospital for 41 years prior to his retirement in 2002. Although retired, Bob remained actively engaged as a pharmacist until his death. After his retirement, he continued working for several pharmacies throughout the region as a part-time and cover pharmacist. He was a licensed pharmacist in West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. He had been a fixture behind the counter at Hurley Drug in downtown Williamson where he had filled prescriptions on Saturdays for more than 50 years. Bob had also worked as a consulting pharmacist for Medi Home Care Services of America since 2003.

Bobs return to his beloved Williamson, and acceptance of employment with the Appalachian Regional Hospital after pharmacy school, proved fortuitous as he met his wife, Linda Weddington Shelton, who was also employed by the hospital at time, in a hospital elevator. Their happenstance meeting in that elevator began the journey of a lifetime. Bob and Linda married on November 22, 1961, and celebrated their 56th anniversary this past November.

While Linda says that, Bob lived to work,€ it was not all work and no play. Together they raised two beautiful daughters, and they enjoyed watching them grow into adulthood and reach for their own dreams. There were many family vacations, sporting events, watching the girls cheer, graduations, college, marriages and then the grandchildren came into their lives. Bob deeply cherished his sons-in-law and enjoyed time spent with each of them. He loved to attend baseball games with his grandsons and to watch them play. He loved being with his granddaughters during family vacations and holidays. Bob deeply loved his family and was proud of everyones individual accomplishments.

Bob was always active and in motion. He was an avid tennis player and former golfer. He and Linda walked daily. He was a University of Kentucky sports fans and follower of the Cats. He was also known for the immaculate care he gave to his lawn and home located on Sixth Avenue. Bob would often return from a road trip, unload the car, and within thirty minutes, was mowing the lawn. He seemed to be a vessel of endless energy.

Bob was a devoted and lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Williamson where he was a member of the Methodist Men, sang in the Mens Choir, was an usher and a former Director of Sunday School.

Bob was a member of the Kentucky Pharmacist Association and the American Pharmacist Association. He was also a member of the local Mountain Club.

Bobs was a life well lived. God afforded to him the gifts of grace, wonderful parents and brothers, a beloved wife, daughters, and sons-in law, grandchildren, seeing and holding his first great-grandchild, a gift and endless calling for the profession he so dearly loved, and the strength and good health to enjoy it all for 79 years. Bob will be sorely missed, always in our hearts and never far from our thoughts.

In addition to his wife, Linda, Bob is survived by two daughters, Ann and her husband, Craig Loftis, Berea, KY and Lora Beth and her husband, Ron, Chapel Hill, NC; four grandchildren, Ashlee and her husband, Michael Kennedy, Crestview Springs, KY, Katee Loftis of Fort Thomas, KY, Robert Charles “Chase” Smith and Caden Emmett Smith, both of Chapel Hill, NC; great-granddaughter, Caroline Kennedy, Crestview Spring, KY; a brother, Dr. Charles Shelton, Huntington; two brothers-in-law, Larry and his wife, Sandi Weddington, Russell, KY and Daniel and his wife, Wanda Weddington of Kermit; nine nephews and nieces, Dr. Charles “Chuck” and his wife, Amy Shelton, Lexington, KY, Craig and his wife, Karen Shelton, Ripley, Joel and his wife, Mayuko Shelton, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Nancy and her husband, Paul Clements, Fairfax Station, VA, Julie and her husband, Sherman Snyder, Franklin TN, Brittany and her husband, Jason Dials, Paintsville, KY, Lindsey Weddington, Huntington, WV, Larry and his wife, Renae Weddington, and Amy and her husband, Matt Saunders of Russell, KY; a host of wonderful cousins who were more like brothers and sisters than cousins; many friends who truly enriched his life and his neighbors on West Sixth Avenue, who are all deeply saddened by Bobs passing.

Visitation is from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Tuesday evening, March 28, 2017, at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, Second Avenue, Williamson. Reverend Jerry Shields will officiate.

Interment is in the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, KY. Active pallbearers include Paul Clements, Michael Kennedy, Dr. Charles Chuck Shelton, Craig Shelton, Sherman Snyder, Tim McNamee and Danny Weddington.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Robert Shelton School of Pharmacy Scholarship, Campbell University, 143 Main Street, Buies Creek, NC 27506 or the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 78, Williamson, WV 25661.

The family wishes to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to the doctors, nurses and chaplains of Baptist Health of Lexington, and Pikeville Medical Center for their compassionate and professional care during Bobs illness. We also extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciate to Dr. Charles Chuck Shelton and his wife, Amy, for the comfort and strength you were to each of us during our time in Lexington. Your loving care and compassion shall never be forgotten.

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Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson is serving the Shelton family.