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Mr. Claudie Mack Shelton, Sr., of 231 Columbia Street in Chester, South Carolina passed on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
Claudie Mack Shelton, Sr., cherished son of the late Charlie Gale Shelton and Florence Williams Shelton was born Claude Mack, the ninth of ten children on March 1, 1932 in Fairfield County, South Carolina. On the morning of September 12, 2020, our Heavenly Father, in His merciful and compassionate grace called him into His loving and eternal presence.
Childhood Information. Claudie Mack attended Fairfield County primary and secondary schools and graduated from Finley High School in Chester, South Carolina, Class of 1954. He furthered his education at Denmark Technical School, Denmark, South Carolina, earning a degree in Barbering.
While attending high school, Claudie Mack met and later married the love of his life, Carrie Mae Feaster of Carlisle, South Carolina. Together they made a life in Chester where they both became pillars of the community. From their union, five children were born.
Church. At a very early age, Claudie Mack gave his life to Christ and was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church, Woodard South Carolina for 70+ years. While there, he held several positions in the church including Trustee, Treasurer, and Deacon; and for over 50 years he served as leader of the Hymn Choir.
Employment/Community. After graduating Denmark Tech, Claudie Mack returned to Chester and became a successful black business owner, having built Shelton’s Barber Shop and Shelton’s Spirits Store. He not only established these businesses, he also built the family home, Shelton’s Beauty Salon for his wife Carrie, and built and remodeled several other homes in the city. Claudie Mack became a licensed instructor and through his Barber Shop he established apprenticeships by which he trained young people to take and pass the State Barber exam in order to become the next generation of certified barbers.
Joining with several other black professional men in the local community, Mr Shelton became a Founding members of the Chester Men’s Progressive Club whose express purpose was to uplift African Americans and server as role models while providing scholarships, work opportunities, and mentoring to the younger generations. Additionally, Mr Shelton was an avid member of the Burial Aid Society of Chester County.
Family Man. “Papi,” as he was called by his great grandchildren, adored his family. He shared an unwavering love and support for his children and grandchildren, but in his late days it was the bond with his great-grandchildren that he treasured dearly. Even as he began his transition, you would see him totally light up when he received a call or hug and words of comfort from one of them.
He is proceeded in death by daughter Teleta Shelton, and grandson Shotas Shelton.
He leaves to celebrate his life wife Carrie Mae Shelton; four children: Claudie Shelton, Jr. (Rose), Laverne Shelton-Greene, Jeffery Shelton, and Calereno “Taye” Shelton-Cunningham (Aaron); three grandchildren: Isaac Shelton, Sr. (Julianne), Marcus Shelton, and Angel Wells (Raymond); five great-grandchildren: Brianna Wells, Raymond Wells, Jr., Isaac Shelton, Jr., Phoenix Shelton, and Trinity Wells; two brothers: John Shelton (Ida Mae) and Toney (Sarah) Shelton; and, a host of nieces, nephews, God-Children, and friends.
In all these things, Claudie Mack, Mack, granddaddy, Papi, “Unc,” Mr Shelton fought the good fight. He led his life with grace and a quiet demeanor, always finding peaceful resolutions to challenges he faced. He was respected by all and was known to give counsel when needed. During his time of illness, his home was a revolving door of visitors just to check on Mr Shelton or daddy Mack. Even when restricted by the COVID pandemic, the phones never ceased to ring to check on him.
You have earned your rest. God doesn’t make mistakes! You have been called to the Heavenly Choir. Fare ye well. Take your well-earned rest.
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