George Leonard Shelton, 82, of Three Rivers, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at his home.

He was born February 27, 1940 in Rydersville, Ala. to Thomas and Christina (Harville) Shelton, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1960.

On April 6, 1974, George married Lorraine Alice Patterson. The couple shared 47 years of marriage and raised three children.

He worked in research and development as a biotechnician for the Upjohn Company, later Pfizer, from where he retired in 2006.

George was a loving husband, father and brother who always put God first.

He held the distinction of being the longest member at Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the deacons, treasurer and usher. He was especially honored when the church named him “Father of the Year.”

George also enjoyed participating in the South Lanes Senior Citizens Bowling League.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, Lorraine Shelton; son, Leonard (Shayla) Shelton of Kalamazoo; daughters, Crystal (Dennis) Johnson of Livonia, Ga. and Andrea (Marvin) Davis of Conyers, Ga.; grandchildren, Jemelle Jordan, Derrick Jordan, Ladanien Shelton, Kohan Mays-Shelton and Leonard Shelton Jr.; sisters, Doris Rollerson of Chicago, Ill., Willastyne (Sterling) Carter of Elkhart, Ind. and Shirley Shelton of Kalamazoo; sisters-in-law, Mary Shelton and Beverly Armstrong; brothers-in-law, Coy Whitten and Mansfield Patterson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; five beloved godsons and one beloved goddaughter.

George was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Shelton; and sisters, Velma Whitten and Linda Patterson.

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 17852 S. River Rd., Three Rivers. A funeral service will follow at noon at the church, with Pastor Terry Cropper officiating. He will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.

Donations in George’s memory may be directed to Bethel Baptist Church or Three Rivers Hospice. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, MI 49093 in care of his arrangements.

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