Fallen Hero: MSG Anthony Dewayne Shelton (Ret)

Paragould, AR / Jackson, MS

Funeral Home

Chancellor Funeral Home

Siwell Rd Byram, MS


Thursday, April 20, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home.

Friday, April 21, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, 10-11 a.m., Chancellor Funeral Home, Byram, Mississippi.  


 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22, Chancellor Funeral Home.  


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on April 19, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home. MSG Anthony Dewayne Shelton (Ret), age 75, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard and served in the 66th Troop Command, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, visitation, and service details:

Anthony Dewayne Shelton, 75, of Paragould, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.  He was born March 22, 1948, in Mobile, Alabama, to J. Paul and Martha Mae Shelton.  He lived most of his life in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended Forest Hill High School, Mississippi College, and Hinds Community College where he was inducted into the College Sports Hall of Fame.  Anthony retired as a Master Sergeant from the Mississippi Army National Guard after 33 years of service and serving stateside during Vietnam and Desert Storm.  He was a football and basketball coach at McCluer Academy, then a welding salesman for Air Gas, Inc. in Mississippi.  After retirement, he and his wife, Shirley, relocated to Paragould, Arkansas, where he worked as a family service representative for Phillips Funeral Home.  Anthony was a faithful member of Westview Baptist Church.  Anthony touched the hearts of all he met, he will be truly missed. 

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents and numerous other family members.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Shelton; daughters, Tami S. Davis and Jennifer Jackson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jay and Francis Shelton, Randy and Alice Shelton, Keith and Cynara Shelton, Tim and Cheryl Shelton; two grandchildren, Christopher Jackson (DeAnna) and Destiny Jackson; and one great-grandson, Hunter Jackson.

The family will receive friends Thursday, April 20, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends Friday, April 21, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram, Mississippi.  The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Chancellor Funeral Home.  Burial with military honors will follow in Kosciusko City Cemetery in Kosciusko, Mississippi. 

If one wishes to make a memorial, Anthony would be honored with donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.