Louis Shelton Wright, 78, of Farmville, passed away peacefully at his home
on March 17, 2017, with his wife of 54 years at his side. A lifelong
Farmville native, he was born on December 8, 1938, the son of Wilbur Dink
and Martha Lowe Wright, who predeceased him. Survivors include his wife,
Patricia Whirley Wright; two children, Gregory S. Wright and Robin
Wright Vincent (David), five grandchildren: Grace Patricia Vincent, Mary Frances
Vincent, and Nancy Anne Vincent; Jason Louis Wright and Christopher Jordan
Wright. He is also survived by two brothers: Virgil Wright (Ruth) and
Carroll Wright (Louise); and, several nieces and nephews. He is also pre-
deceased by three brothers: Wilbur D. Wright, Jr., Richard Wright, and
He attended Farmville and Worsham Public Schools in Prince Edward County.
Shelton, was self-employed in the property rental and convenience store
business for the past 43 years, and also worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Prince
Edward County, and was the first full-time Campus Police employed at Hampden
Sydney College. While at Hamden Sydney College, he was named by the Farmville
Jaycees as the Outstanding Young Police Officer of the Year for 1973.
Shelton joined Worsham Baptist Church in 1974 where he made his
profession of faith to Jesus Christ and was baptized. He rededicated his life to the
Lord several months prior to his death by a visit from a pastorial friend, Steve
Conwell, Pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church, Farmville.
Shelton enjoyed hunting and fishing, but hunting and keeping his dogs
ready for the season was his favorite sport. He enjoyed his friends and looked
forward to morning breakfast at Granny B's with "the boys". He also enjoyed
working on his property, doing his own bulldozing and keeping things in good
order. A few days before his passing, he remarked "Well, I think I've finished
everything I wanted to do".
He loved times with his granddaughters, especially riding the four wheeler,
taking them shopping, and teaching them how to care for land. You could tell
when family and old friends were around by hearing them call him "Louie" which
we enjoyed and always brought a smile to those who knew him as Shelton.
The family will receive family and friends on Sunday, March 19, from 6-8 p.m. at
Puckett Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on March 20 , at 2:00PM in Puckett
Funeral Home with internment in the Worsham Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Prince Edward County Rescue Squad, or Centra Hospice in Farmville. Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family.