August 30, 1947 ~ March 4, 2021 (age 73)

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Billy Ray Shelton, age 73, of Athens, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his residence.

A native of Athens and longtime resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Ernie and Pauline Combs Shelton.

Billy was of the Baptist faith and was a well-known brick mason.  He did a lot of work for Richard Harrill and Sons Construction Co.  He helped in the construction of the East Athens Baptist Church auditorium and several other churches.

Billy was a loving Father and Papaw.  He was an avid dirt track fan and antique car collector.

Survivors include his

Daughter Brittany Shelton-Morgan of Athens;

Companion and best friend Connie McKenzie of Athens;

Grandchildren Jaylan Witt, Briella Morgan and Bristol Morgan;

Sister Brenda Malone and husband Larry of Athens;

Brothers Don ‘Jake’ Shelton and wife Judy of Niota, Bobby Lee Shelton of Athens, and Leroy ‘Pug’ Shelton and wife Jan of Ten Mile;

Amy McConkey, whom was like a 2nd daughter, and husband Jamie;

Extended families the Watters and the Wattenbarger families.

Special thanks given to Amedysis Hospice, Hospice Nurse Nicole, Dr. Nathan Trenton and his staff. 

The family will receive friends and celebrate the life of Billy from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Saturday March 6th at Ziegler Funeral Home.  Face masks are recommended while attending the visitation.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Graveside Service at 2 PM at Ward Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Stephens officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Nick Webb, Perry Liner, Casey Shelton, Doug Lunsford, James Lunsford and Clint Crisp.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Jaylan Witt, Don ‘Jake’ Shelton, Bobby Lee Shelton and Leroy ‘Pug’ Shelton.

If you are unable to attend the visitation or funeral service, you are encouraged to sign the online registry at:

Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Billy Ray Shelton.

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March 6, 2021

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
ATHENS, TN 37303-3490

Graveside Service
March 6, 2021

2:00 PM
357-429 COUNTY ROAD 50
ATHENS, TN 37303

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