Johnny Lee Shelton, Sr., 77, of Orange passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, in Beaumont.

A memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24,  at Bethel Baptist Church, 2906 Western Ave in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Mike Fink. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the church fellowship hall.

Born in Hamburg, Ar., on Sept. 2, 1936, Johnny Lee was the son of Henry Lee and Clara (Almeva) Shelton. He served in the United States Marines and later worked and retired with the Equitable Bag Factory in Orange. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, especially during Christmas, when he was able to dress up as Santa Clause for family photos.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elizabeth Thompson and brother, Bobby Jean Shelton.

Johnny Lee is survived by his brother, John Wayne Shelton and wife, Margie; son, Johnny Lee Shelton, Jr. and wife, Mitzie; son, Kurt Allen Shelton and wife, Trudie; numerous nieces and nephews; his close friend, Ray; grandsons, Ty and Cody and many numerous relatives and friends who will all miss him.

The family would like to thank Patricia “Prissy” Mulholland and the many other family and friends for all of the care and prayers given during his illnesses.