Joe was a devout and faithful member of First Christian Church of Metropolis for most of his life. He was an elder, taught the adult married Sunday school class and sang in the choir for many years.
Survivors include one brother, James Robert Shelton and wife Reda of Palm Springs, Calif.; one sister, Sue Montgomery and husband Dale of St. Charles; two nieces, Carla Grippe of Tampa, Fla. and Sharon Morse of Ocala, Fla.; three nephews, Bryan Montgomery of Belleville, Michael Montgomery of St. Charles and Jon Shelton of Los Angeles, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Arnold and Myra Golightly Shelton; and one sister, Mary Storms.
Funeral service was held Saturday at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Mike Duncan officiating. Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis, IL 62960.