ALLEN SHELTON  1936-2009

                                     left to right: Joe Binglehead, Vassar Clements, Jesse, Jim, and Allen Shelton

It is with great sadness we let you know of the passing of one of the world's greatest banjo players, 
Virginia Boy Allen Shelton.

Raymond Allen Shelton, age 73, of Bethpage, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2009, at Centennial Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Johnston Shelton of Bethpage; son, Todd (Nancy) Shelton of Bethpage; daughters, Drew (Lee) Porter of Franklin, Tenn., Timberley (Richard) Denning and Robin (Larry) Summers of Westmoreland; 11 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Troy Joseph and Margaret Matthews Poole; sister, Hazel Williamson.

These words from Allen's daughter-in-law Nancy, via the Bluegrass Blog:
"I don't know how to tell you this, but Mr. Shelton passed away this afternoon. He had to be readmitted to the hospital Thur. because his platelets were low. He was fine Friday evening, but at some point he went to sleep and they could not get him to wake up. They ran tests and believe he had a heart attack and a stroke. He never woke up again, but thankfully he went peacefully surrounded by his family.
We are all very sad, but thankful to know that he was a Christian and is now with the Lord.
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Funeral arrangements will be made tomorrow, but the funeral will be held at Anderson-Woodard in Westmoreland.
We appreciate prayers for the family."

Allen's wife, Shirley, said donations would be most appreciated:
Please give either blood donations to the Red Cross
  or donate for bibles to the Gideon's Bible foundation.

To read Peter Cooper's writeup on Allen in hisTennessean column, click here: