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Faye S. Kelton, age 76, of Greeneville, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Laughlin Healthcare Center.
She retired from Greene Valley Developmental Center in 1999 due to declining health. She was on dialysis for two years before receiving the gift of a kidney transplant on May 26, 2001. She was so thankful for another chance at life and corresponded with the donor family by letter and phone.
Mrs. Kelton was a member of Cedar Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church and also attended Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church in recent years, as long as her health permitted. She was also a member of Christian Women’s Organization and a charter member of the Women of the Moose.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family and her church came first. Mrs. Kelton was a very hard working honest individual. She had a warm place in her heart for the elderly, children, and those less fortunate than herself and was always doing kind deeds for others. She loved to cook.
Her home was always open to family, friends and neighbors for meals and fellowship as long as her health permitted. She always made them feel welcome. She will be greatly missed both by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Lee and Altha Phillips Shelton; three sisters: Wilma Ray, Stella Ramsey, and Helen Shelton; five brothers: Fred, Ed, Paul, Carroll, and Travis Shelton; special niece: Linda Gail Arrington.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years: Billy Kelton; a daughter and son-in-law: Teresa and Robert Lamb of Greeneville; one grandson and granddaughter-in-law: Robbie and Karla Lamb of Chuckey; two very special great-granddaughters: Chloe and Rylie Lamb; one sister: Mary Joyce Johnson of Tusculum; one brother: Lloyd “Berlin” Shelton of Chuckey; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; very special niece: Kathy Bowens.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Jimmy Peyton and the Rev. Tammy Greene officiating. A eulogy will be given by Donnie Solomon. Committal services will be held at 1 p.m., Wed., at the Chimes Mausoleum at GreeneLawn Memory Gardens. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday to go in procession to the service.
Active pallbearers will be Terry Cannon, Alan Corley, Donnie Solomon, J. B. Johnson, Edward Shelton, and Donald Shelton. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Laughlin Healthcare Center and family of her kidney donor Cindi Thompson, of Saginaw, Mich., Don Beckwith of Indianapolis, Ind.. and Candis Beckwith of Belmont, Mich.