Parker Shelton


In Loving

Parker Shelton

July 22, 1996 – May 13, 2020

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Parker Shelton, loving son and brother passed away at the age of 23.

Parker was born on July 22, 1996 in Henrico, Va to Christina and Carlton Shelton. He graduated from Hanover High School in 2014.  He went to Christopher Newport University for 2 years before pursuing a career in construction as a project manager. Parker had a passion for all things hunting, especially with his father and close friends. He also loved dogs and he combined his two passions by training his beloved bird dog, Willie Nelson. He had a great passion for rehabilitating old trucks. Parker enjoyed physical fitness and chasing gains at the gym. He loved playing volleyball and shared his love of volleyball with the JV Boys Volleyball team as coach at Hanover High School. Parker was known for his candor on politics, quick wit, and light hearted joking that delighted every person he encountered.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Frances Shelton. Parker is survived by his parents; sisters, Nicole and Meredith Shelton; and his maternal grandparents, Barbara and Robert Flournoy, in addition to several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25 at Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23116. A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Pursuant to state regulations masks will be required for all who attend.

Donations may be sent to The JED Foundation and Speak Up.



  1. Mrs. Shawn Coffey (Mrs. Ficor) May 17, 2020 at 11:16 am - Reply

    On behalf of all of us from Troop 555 of Mechanicsville, Va. So very sorry to hear of the loss of this young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shelton family.

  2. Mary Ellen (McKown) Fines May 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Chrissy and family,
    My heart aches for you. I pray you will cling to all that is good and find a refuge in the Lord as you cry out to him. He hears. He loves.

  3. Joe Wegman May 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Parker is a life gone too soon. Peace and Love.

  4. Robin S Carroll May 17, 2020 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Chrissy, Carlton, Meredith and Nicole, our hearts ache for you. A great young man gone too soon. Cherish the memories and celebrate him. We are here for you and many prayers and thoughts. Love, Lou, Robin and family.

  5. Rodney and Jenny Cole and boys May 17, 2020 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. Parker coached our son Teagan at Hanover. Teagan loved him. Prayers for comfort and peace. ❤️

  6. Kenneth and Margaret Mitchell May 17, 2020 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Didn’t know Parker except as a friend of the Kenny Mitchell Family who thinks so much of your whole family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  7. Linda Peay May 17, 2020 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for the news of Parker’s passing. My heart is so pained by this loss. I met Parker last year as he coached the JV Boys Volleyball team. My son was on Varsity but I would be there to watch the JV games sometimes. The win over our rival Atlee was the most exciting match I’ve ever witnessed. Parker did great things with his team and made an impact with many. This loss is great, and I pray for comfort and peace as you navigate this time. May the memories of him and his love sustain you.

  8. Michael Tehan May 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I knew Parker as a scout in Troop 555. I’m proud to have known him.

  9. Monica Rainey Pearce May 17, 2020 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Chrissy, Carlton, Meredith, and Nicole,
    Your family will always hold a very special place in our hearts. It is not just because I taught Meredith and Parker, but because of the special friendships that were made with all of you and remain to this day. Your family did a lot for mine and it is not forgotten.
    I keep thinking of when I would slip and call Parker, “Parkie Poo,” which as a third grader I know he hated, but he just smiled his sweet smile and never corrected me.
    Your family is a bright light to so many and I pray for peace, love, and that same light for you all.
    We love you all,
    Monica, Kevin, Reagan, Logan Pearce and Marion Rainey

  10. Rugby Baker May 17, 2020 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    My grief for your loss is great. May our Father’s grace in comfort give you peace! May His strength sustain each of you.

  11. Reggie Martin May 17, 2020 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Carlton, Chrissy, Meredith and Nicole
    My heart and prayers goes out to each of you. No words can mend the loss of a loved one. May Jesus stand with you and show you his love. You are a loved family and not alone. We are here for you. You can call on me day or night

  12. Hamlett Davenport May 18, 2020 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Sincerely your friends Hamlett and Annie Davenport.

  13. Jimmy Wegman May 18, 2020 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers to your family. I always enjoyed hunting with you and your dad. Thanks for the memories and laughs. Jimmy and Anna Wegman

  14. Jessica Colbert and Family May 18, 2020 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Our hearts break for your loss. We stand with you in prayer during this time – that you may grieve and someday find the peace that passes all understanding.

  15. Deanna and Buck Kesler May 18, 2020 at 11:46 am - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear about Parker. We are sending prayers for all of you. We remember him from the many Sports fields where we were together, he was so sweet. Hugs and love to you all.

  16. Lynne Kegel May 18, 2020 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    We adored your son! He was like a part of our family and for that, we are so very grateful. He was funny and kind, and his friendship with both of our boys created an impact that will last their lifetimes. Hunting, Softball, Xbox and shenanigans in High School (especially laughing about Senior prank day) those things make us smile and we thank God for allowing us the time spent with your dear son.

    Please know that we are praying for you Carlton, Chrissy, your girls, and the extended family. We pray in time, that God will provide you with the peace that passes all understanding. Parker will always and forever be remembered with a smile.

    Much love, John and Lynne Kegel

  17. Juli Smith May 18, 2020 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I am broken hearted to read the news of Parker’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I didn’t have the pleasure of teaching Parker, but I loved getting to know him when he would come to school to see Meredith and Nicole. I remember coming to your house and Parker was so excited that he was going to get “Bessert” if he ate a good lunch or dinner! Sending lots of love to all of you as the grieve the loss of such a special son and brother.

  18. Todd Davenport May 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I knew Parker in high school and he was a good energy and a quick wit. God bless you and yours in this difficult time.

  19. Nancy Farrell May 18, 2020 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I pray for the peace that passes all understanding to be over you. I remember Parker at “Why the Star”, helping out with parking and he helped my friend in a wheelchair get through the path through the woods. He and another young man at times had to pick up the wheelchair and carry it, just so my friend could see the whole performance! Unselfish and compassionate. My continued prayers and love to your family.

  20. Dalton Luffey May 18, 2020 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Parker was always a great personality to be around. I knew him from kindergarten, and we later shared a trigonometry class in our senior year of high school that I have really good memories of. He was a peoples person that could get along with anyone. His presence was always a good one. My sympathy goes out to his family.

  21. Jacob Kegel May 18, 2020 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Going to miss you so much, brother. You were a big part of my life growing up and your friendship with my brother and your kindness and inclusiveness of me, and your willingness to listen and help others up spoke mountains about your character. We will be thinking about you always.

  22. Ed, Gail & Jakob Hellermann May 18, 2020 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences and we are keeping the entire Shelton family in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Susan Sandridge May 18, 2020 at 5:32 pm - Reply


    We are so sorry for your loss of Parker. We remember meeting Parker and the dogs when you were building our house. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May happy memories of Parker help sustain you all during this time of grief.

    Our deepest sympathies to you all,

    Mike and Susan Sandridge

  24. Bev Pack May 19, 2020 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Carlton, Chrissy, Nicole and Meredith, our hearts are broken. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know a Gary and I are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bev and Gary Pack

  25. Laurie & Tim Bellows May 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Shelton Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We pray that you find peace and comfort in the loving arms of God and family & friends. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Bellows Family-Tim, Laurie, Abby, & Hunter

  26. Fabiola Hall May 19, 2020 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. I remember teaching Parker in Middle School. Very sorry for your loss.
    Fabiola Hall

  27. Mark & Tammie Bleakley May 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Love to all ❤️

  28. Keegan Maloney May 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was on the Hanover High School Varsity Volleyball team but I knew Parker very well. I saw him as a great coach but also as a role model that I could look up to. He could brighten the mood with one of his jokes. My time knowing Parker was short but I will never forget the memories he left with me and the whole Boys Volleyball team. I am praying for your whole family.

  29. Mike and Fonda Cody May 19, 2020 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    We are so very sorry about your great loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you during your time of need.

  30. Sharon Miller May 19, 2020 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time,I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Sharon Miller

  31. Catharine White Tucker May 20, 2020 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Please accept my sincere condolences for such a great loss. I knew Parker for such a little time, but appreciated his enthusiasm for the woods & wildlife, & his integrity as a sportsman. He was kind and generous and good company. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, I am certain.

  32. Ralph Brickey May 20, 2020 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Deepest sympathy from Ira Glen Farm! Please come out and spend time in the woods as God heals your soul by you laying your concerns at the foot of the cross. He will carry you the rest of the way. May God bless you and your family, and give you peace!

  33. Wayne and Judy Ayers May 20, 2020 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    He had to be special to all that knew him. Our prayers are with the family.

  34. Brooke Philpy May 21, 2020 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Carlton & Family:

    I am deeply saddened to hear about your lose. I remember Parker when he was a member of the Four Rivers 4-H club. He always displayed good sportsmanship and respect. His marksmanship skills definitely carried over in his love for hunting and the outdoors. A great young man! He will truly be missed!

    My deepest sympathy.

  35. Carrie (Miles) Ransom May 21, 2020 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Chrissy & Carlton – I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your son. Praying for comfort at this unthinkable time. Lots of love!

  36. Jill (Miles) Carmichael May 21, 2020 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Chrissy & Carlton,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your son. My family will keep yours in our thoughts & prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

  37. Henry Atkinson May 22, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Coach Parker Shelton began his first year coaching volleyball on Hanover’s JV team and helping with the varsity team as well. I was on the varsity team and whenever he was in our midst we would all have a smile to our faces. He brought nothing but fun, jokes, and happiness to them courts. I pray for everyone who has been touches by his joyfulness, and his loved ones. This is heart breaking for every single boy at Hanover volleyball, but his name will live for ever in our hearts.

  38. Irma B. Adams May 23, 2020 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I am very sorry for your loss. My son was on the varsity volleyball team for Hanover High School. The boys on the JV and varsity teams respected and enjoyed having Parker as their coach. He worked so hard with the JV team, and their progress was amazing. I pray for God’s comfort to you all during this very sad and difficult time.

  39. Stephanie Beale May 23, 2020 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Carlton and Chris’s,
    So sorry for your loss. Kevin and I have fond memories of Parker from 2010 when Carlton was building our garage. Parker sent of the nicest thank you card, and a surprise restaurant gift card. We were Happy to let Parker, family and friends hunt on family land at Hanover Courthouse.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Kevin and Stephanie

  40. Ann & Jamie Call May 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Carlton, my heart goes out to you and your family. Although I did not have the opportunity to know your Parker I understand he was a remarkable young man. Prayers for you and your family that God will see you through this, as only He can.

  41. Tripp Binns May 27, 2020 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    The Binns Family has your entire family in our prayers. We are so sorry for the loss of Parker. God will be there for your family!

  42. Chris Cheatham May 29, 2020 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Carlton – I am devastated for you and your family. I pray for your family and healing during this darkness. I know that in time you will remember the good times with Parker and not the despair of today. Blessings to all of the Sheltons.

  43. Ryan Bonds June 3, 2020 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Carlton, Chrissy, Henny, Barbara, Bobby. I’m so sorry, and I hope you heal gently. In god’s name I pray, AMEN!

  44. Marcey Patton July 25, 2020 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Dear Shelton Family,
    We met Parker when he sparked up the Hanover Hawks volleyball team as a player with Eliott. We followed his journey as the boys were CNU Captains. His warm, kind, and jovial personality showed every time he stopped by the house, talked trucks, hunted with the boys, or stayed with us at the beach. His constant smile will remain with us. Our hearts grieve with you thinking of him every day. We will miss him very much. Our deepest sympathy to your whole family.

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