In Loving

Paul Langhorn Shelton

April 30, 1966 – September 23, 2022

Paul Langhorn Shelton, 56, of Glen Allen went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 23, 2022, from Bon Secours Community Hospice House.

Paul was born in Richmond, VA, and spent his early years in the Lakeside neighborhood before the family moved to Mechanicsville, VA. Paul was the middle child sandwiched between his older brother, David, and his younger sister, Joy. He graduated from Lee Davis High School and went on to complete some courses in college before going to work full-time at his family’s tire business. He worked for multiple tire companies and spent about a dozen years in the industry. Right around the time, he began his third decade, he met his future wife, Gretchen. Southern boy meets Jersey girl! Paul moved to NJ, and they began their life together. He changed careers and became a salesman in the copier industry. He would spend over 20 years in that industry at various companies. Most recently, Paul was the sales director for Alchemco, a world leader in concrete waterproofing.

While living in New Jersey, Paul and Gretchen married and had three children – Sydney, Sarah, and Jake. Paul’s children were the lights of his life, and he excelled at being a father. He was involved in all they did and was one of their biggest cheerleaders. Paul wore many hats – son, brother, husband, father, friend, nephew, cousin, uncle, employee, and coach. Paul loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman, loved to play golf, go for a hike, and was passionate about grilling and finding the best way to cook some of the family’s favorites like ribs, brisket, and steak. In his younger days, Paul was a musician/singer, and he could be found in local Richmond bars on the weekends. He loved a good cigar, a tasty IPA, his Dallas Cowboys, throwing cornhole, his Jeep, going to concerts, working in his garden, family time, and get-togethers with friends. Paul was always available to help family and friends. Paul was our family’s rock, he was eternally optimistic, and our spiritual leader. Heaven has truly gained an angel.

Paul is preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Avis Bullock; Jimmy and Irma Shelton; and his mother-in-law, Marion Welsch.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Gretchen Shelton; his children Sydney, Sarah, and Jake Shelton; his sidekick, Kaos; his parents, David and Kay Shelton; his brother, David Shelton (Michele), his sister, Joy Jones (Lew), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, September 30 at Affinity Funeral Service Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. Interment will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Click here to view the live-streamed memorial service for Paul L. Shelton.

In Paul’s honor, a memorial can be made to the Glioblastoma Support Network or the Glioblastoma Foundation.

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service

Richmond Chapel


Fri, September 30, 2022


3:00 p.m.

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  1. Lewis Jones September 28, 2022 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I love you my brother and you will Truly being missed.

  2. Jeanne Langlois September 28, 2022 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    God Bless all of you, Shelton~family. With sincere heartfelt condolences & sharing in your sorrow, today.. & always. Paul was genuinely, 1 of mY very favorite humans, ever. I wish I could be there, w you all, on Friday but I will be thinking of y’all, w continued prayer. The world seems a little less kind w/o Paulie, in it. Much Love to you all & w kindest regards.. Jeanne Goff Langlois (& Charley)

  3. Cal Zenor September 29, 2022 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I only knew Paul for short time, but we became very good friends none the less. I took him to DRAGO’S restaurant in Nawlins for his first “charbroiled oyster experience “, and he was never the same. We talked about fishing and golf, cigars and music, and getting together for work (and play) in La. in the years ahead.
    I was truly blessed to have been able to call him my friend, and honored that he would call me his.
    God bless and keep his family, and give them solace in the knowledge that we will all be seeing him again.

  4. Tammy Wright September 30, 2022 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Shelton family, I am sorry I can’t be there to say goodbye to Paul & see you all, it’s been awhile. I am out of town but my thoughts & prayers are always on you all. Love, care & strength will be with you all. Paul is with his maker & God is covering you all as well. A beautiful angel he is.

  5. Gary & Marianne Mills September 30, 2022 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Prayers for the Shelton Family, so sorry for your loss.

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