Former Justice of the Peace Marlin E. Shelton, 77, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Orange.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Sam Roe, pastor of Colony Baptist Church in Orange. Entombment will follow in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Born March 13, 1932 to Martin Shelton and Nettie (Jeans) Shelton, he was a resident of Orange since 1951 and he was a member of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in Orange. Mr. Shelton served as a Justice of the Peace in Precinct 2 in Orange County for 35 years and was also a pipefitter with Pipefitters Local 195 in Nederland. During his time as justice, Judge Shelton was known as a man who was a people person and helped many people during his service in this capacity. Judge Shelton was an avid Democrat and he enjoyed politics. He often spent time during the summer at the Toledo Bend Lake where he enjoyed trout lining. He was also instrumental in starting softball and band boosters in West Orange.

Preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Hessie Dean and Jessie Barton.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughters, Terry Jordan and husband Mark of Starks, Louisiana and Sherry Worsham and husband Dale of Houston; his special friend, Nita Keel of Orange; his sister, Bettie Cozart of Carrollton; grandchildren, Whitnie Strauss and Wade Worsham; his great grandson, Rhett Strauss and his soon to be born great-grandson, Reid Strauss.

Pallbearers will be David Peck, Mark Jordan, David LeBlanc, Dale Worsham, Wade Worsham and Jimmy Scales.

For those desiring memorial contributions, please make donations in memory of Marlin Shelton to McDonald Memorial Baptist Church, 2015 Sims Street, Orange 77630.