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Obituary: Asa Marshall Shelton, 97, Columbia, KY

Over much of the past century, this beloved, highly respected Adair Countian has been associated with Lindsey Wilson College, serving as faculty member, and acting President, and in many other capacities. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the institution. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Columbia United Methodist Church. A native of Clark Co., KY, he will be buried in Adair Co., KY, in the Columbia Cemetery
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Asa Marshall Shelton, 97, died Saturday, September 12, 2009, at 12:30pmCT at Jane Todd Crawford Hospital in Greensburg, KY.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at 11:00amCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Rev. Neal Janes and Rev. Richard Lowe the officiating clergy. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery, 315 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 9:00amCT, Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at the funeral home.

Asa Marshall Shelton, 97, Adair Co., KY (September 1, 1912 - September 12, 2009)

He was born September 1, 1912 in Clark Co., KY, to the late Marshall and Jessie Ingram Shelton. He died September 12, 2009, in Greensburg, KY at the age of 97 years and 11 days.

He earned his B.A. from Kentucky Wesleyan College, Winchester, KY, where he served as captain of the varsity basketball team and his M.A. from the University of Kentucky.

In 1936, he joined the faculty of Lindsey Wilson College as a math and physics teacher. In 1940, he was named the college's registrar and dean of faculty. In 1942, the Board of Trustees name him the college's executive vice president, a position which placed him in charge of day-to-day operations and effectively acting president while President A.P. White battled cancer. He left Lindsey Wilson in 1943 when he entered the US Air Corps during World War II.

He served as a meteorologist in the 21st Weather Squadron, issuing weather forecasts to Allied forces in England, France and Germany. He left the Army Air Corps in 1946 as a Captain, and then worked for he Kentucky Department of Revenue.

Shelton returned to Lindsey Wilson College in 1947 as registrar and dean of the faculty, a position he held until 1952.

From 1952-1975, he worked for the Dallas based Revere Copper & Brass Co., retiring as that company's district office supervisor.

In 1996, the Lindsey Wilson College Board of Trustees and Faculty honored him with a doctor of human letters, honoris causa. He was a member of the Columbia United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Allie Breeding Dillon Shelton, and a son, David A. Shelton.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy "Tillie" Wood Shelton, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • One son: Dan (Montie) Shelton, Huntsville, TX

  • One grandson: Richard B. Shelton, Plano, TX

  • Three step-daughters: Sue Zanco, Baton Rouge, LA; Julie Bosworth and Margaret Carter, both of Charolotte, NC
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggest to either his church, the Asa, Allie and David Shelton Scholarship Fund, or the Dorothy "Tillie" Shelton Scholarship Fund, both at Lindsey Wilson College. These may be left at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Kevin Thompson, George Kolbenschlag, Chris Watts, Charles Barnes, Richard Grant, and Aubrey Crump.

Honorary pallbearers are Nancy Sinclair, Debbie Wentworth, Bill Squires, George Keltner, Sam Pelly, Grover Gilpin, Shirley Glasgow, and the faculty and staff of Lindsey Wilson College.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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Remembering: Asa Marshall Shelton, Columbia, KY

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Asa Marshall Shelton, 97, Adair Co., KY (September 1, 1912 - September 12, 2009)

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