George Martin Shelton (Marty), 85, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.
He was born March 31, 1934, in Martinsville, VA, son of the late Ferdinand Shelton and Juanita (Martin) Shelton.
Marty served in the U.S. Navy from December 1951 until May 1993 attaining the rank of CWO4. He was a part of the Civil Engineering Corps primarily assigned to Construction Battalions (Seabees). His tours in Vietnam were particularly significant where he traveled independently through unsecured areas from fire base to fire base ensuring all systems on the bases were fully functional. He epitomized the Seabee "can do" motto. At the time of his retirement he was the oldest Seabee on active duty. Marty served in Vietnam (two tours), was stationed throughout the U.S. and served abroad in Japan, Guam, Italy and Puerto Rico. His final post was at Naval Station Oakland, CA, where he worked in the public works department. He was awarded numerous medals and citations, the most significant being the Bronze Star with Combat V and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Marty had a private pilot's license and enjoyed flying single engine aircraft, participating in the Navy Flying Club at locations where he was stationed. He was an excellent swimmer, enjoying many water sports; he was a certified scuba diver and particularly loved diving in Guam and throughout the Caribbean. An accomplished sailor and a longtime member of the Roosevelt Roads Yacht Club, Marty also taught sailing. He was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed participating with other like-minded individuals on extended rides involving camping. Between his work, family and hobbies, Marty earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
Marty was a life member of Williamson Road Masonic Lodge #103, Roanoke, VA; a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Roanoke; and a proud Shriner of Kazim Shrine Temple, Roanoke, VA. He was also an active member of the Cumberland Shrine Club, Crossville, and enjoyed the monthly dinner and meeting.
He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Martin Shelton of California and Robert Michael Shelton of Virginia; daughters, Robyn Neil Martinez of Nevada and Paige McQuerey Campbell of Virginia; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to Marty's parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Ann (Glover) Shelton; infant brother, Frederick Shelton; and twin sisters, Erma Wirt and Nina Shelton.
A memorial service will be held at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church (Fairfield Glade) on Saturday June 1, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jay Archer and Rev. Moses Han officiating. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. ( was in charge of the arrangements.
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