Graveside services will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Champ Waters Cemetery, 191 Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates at all services at this time. We are limiting graveside seating to no more than 10 with masks being strongly encouraged. Other masked attendees are welcomed but will be expected to practice social distancing.
Graveside services are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
Shelmon was born March 3, 1952 to Elois Cotton Terry and the late Floyd Smith in Macon County, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Thelma Lois Cotton; sisters, Mary E. Hudson, Shirley H. Thomas; grandmother, Gertrude Cotton; and a niece, Sesame Cotton Harpe. He was educated in the public school system of Macon County. Buddy, as he was called by family and friends, was employed as a construction worker while living in Oklahoma. He later moved to Coffeyville, Kansas where he worked and later retired as a lab technician with Sherwin-Williams. Shelmon enjoyed life as it came, he loved playing cards, fishing, and dancing. He will always be remembered by family and friends as the life of the party.
He leaves to cherish his memories: one daughter JoAnne Mason, Warner Robins, Georgia; one grandson Jayden Mason, Warner Robins, Georgia; his mother Elois C. Terry, Oglethorpe, Georgia; seven siblings, Belinda Terry (Donnell), Union City, Georgia, Betty T. Hayes (Levi), Coffeyville, Kansas, Sherry Jones, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Mary Terry, East Point, Georgia, Gwendolyn Smith (Kirkland Sr.), Perry, Georgia and Christopher Terry, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Velma H. Thomas (Eddie); nieces and nephews Tony, Donzell, Sparkle, Joshua, Antwann, LaBresha, Willie Jr., Kyla, KJ, Kirondria and a devoted niece Pamela; aunts and uncles Maxine Gentry, Flint, Michigan, Mack Cotton, Lithonia, Georgia, Willie Cotton (Essie), Marshallville, Georgia, Annie Cotton, Atlanta, Georgia, Jimmie Cotton, Norcross, Georgia, Doris Thompson, Atlanta, Georgia; a host of other aunts, uncles, great nieces, nephews and beloved friends including Scott and Tracy Bromley, Tony Sweeney, and William Strickland all of Coffeyville, Kansas and devoted friend of the family Rita Colbert, Coffeyville, Kansas.