Irvin Kenneth Shelton, a lifelong resident of Halifax County, passed away at his home on Monday, April 25, 2022.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1932, to Willie Claud Shelton and Sue Arendall Shelton.

He was a tobacco farmer and avid vegetable gardener who retired from Daystrom Furniture.

Kenneth loved his family and his church, County Line Baptist, where he was still active. He served as deacon, Sunday school director, cemetery committee chairman, choir member and in many other roles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathy Diane Shelton; and a grandson, Evan Shelton Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of almost 65 years; his daughter, Karen Smith (Paul); a grandson, Aaron Smith (Emily); special blessings, Avery and Olivia; a “granddaughter,” Grace Lanham; and a beloved cat, “Boots.”

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2022, at County Line Baptist Church, Java, with pastor Mike McDowell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, make gifts to County Line Baptist Church, 13146 Chatham Road, Vernon Hill, VA 24597 or to the National MS Society in memory of Evan Shelton Smith, P.O. Box #91891, Washington, D.C. 20090.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.