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Virginia Estherline Campbell Shelton

April 6, 1925 - August 22, 2022

Virginia Estherline Campbell Shelton, age 97 of Roanoke, VA, passed away on August 22, 2022. She was a resident of Hermitage Roanoke for the past eight years.

She was born in Amherst, VA on April 6, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Stanhope Randolph Campbell and Ida Ellen Hamilton Campbell.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, The Reverend Garry James Shelton; her brother Aubrey Randolph Campbell; and her sister Doris Campbell Johnson.

Virginia is survived by her daughter Joan Shelton Dowdy (Daniel); her son Garry Michael Shelton (Sandy); grandchildren Jason Dowdy (Mary), Benjamin Dowdy (Ann), Lauren Dowdy Puckett (Jacob) Hannah Shelton, and Kirk Dent (Cannady); great grandchildren Nolan Dowdy, Carolina Dowdy, Jane Puckett, Oscar Puckett, Trey Dent, Colt Dent, and Naomi Dent.

After graduating from Amherst County High School, Virginia married Garry Shelton just one week prior to his entry into the United States Army during June of 1944. Upon his return from WWII, Virginia supported Garry while he pursued his undergraduate degree at Lynchburg College and his master’s degree at Duke University. She wholeheartedly served alongside him during his almost 60 years of ministry in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. A dedicated life-long member of the UMC, she was the quintessential minister’s wife of her time maintaining spotless parsonages, playing the piano at church activities, singing in the choir, serving on committees, leading workshops, teaching Sunday School classes, and helping with the settlement of more than 60 refugee families sponsored by the last full-time church Garry served in Hampton, VA. She was a writer and a meticulous keeper of family history notes writing frequently about the Campbells who settled in Virginia in the 1600s.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in Virginia’s memory, please consider, Hermitage Roanoke Good Samaritan Fund, 1009 Old Country Club Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24017; or Poplar United Methodist Church, 1563 Richmond Highway, Amherst, VA 24521.

A funeral service will be held at Poplar United Methodist Church at 1:00pm on Thursday, September 1, 2022, with the Rev. Dr. William A. Davis officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service also at the church. Burial will follow the service at Amherst Cemetery. To send condolences online, please visit Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

Burial Date September 1, 2022

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The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on September 16, 2022

Thinking of all of you at this sad time.

Posted by Alice Hamner Sorum on September 1, 2022

Mike, sorry to hear about your Mom. it's been a long time since we have communicated and sorry to do this at this time. Take care and once again, my condolences to you. Donny (coolbrook rd)

Posted by Donny Turner on August 29, 2022

Virginia was a shining example in every part of her life. Especially in the devotion to her family. It was my honor to have known such a very special lady.

Posted by Page Eney on August 27, 2022

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