Carolyn Melton

Carolyn Melton, 86, of Madison, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Hanover Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at the Lytle Funeral Chapel.

Gaberella Parker

Gaberella Wiley Parker, 95, of Versailles, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at The Waters of Clifty Falls.

She was born Jan. 12, 1919, at Stamping Ground in Scott County, Ky., to Edward and Addie Strange Wiley. She was a former supervisor for the Union Garment Company in Frankfort, Ky. She worked for Reliance Electric from 1961 until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Gardella Richards of Otisco and Sandra Noah of Versailles; two sisters, Evelyn Dempsey of Frankfort, Ky. and Marcille Stewart of Georgetown, Ky.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Parker, whom she married June 17, 1939, and who died Nov. 7, 1996; her parents; five sisters Pauline Payton, Saraphine Hall, Sue Wiley, Mary Wiley and Bertha Wiley; and seven brothers, Frances Wiley, William Wiley, Alvin Wiley, Coleman Wiley, Joseph Wiley, Thurston Wiley and Benton Wiley.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Ripley County Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Landis Shelton

Landis Shelton, 81, of Hanover, formerly of Madison, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

He was born June 11, 1932, in Sallisaw, Okla., to Landis Sr. and Birdie Rape Shelton. He graduated high school in Oklahoma. He formerly lived in Arkansas, Oregon and Florida. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, sequestered on a secret base in Western United States for 18 months working as a mechanic for the first jet aircraft for the Air Force. He owned and operated several businesses around the country, including a concrete figurine business in Palm Bay, Fla., and the Bumble Bee Trailer Rental Company in Tulsa, Okla. He retired 29 years ago. He was a pilot, owning a company that served funeral homes by transporting casketed remains from one funeral home to another. He also held a patent on the design of a special device used by fishermen for their fishing poles. He was a Protestant.

He is survived by one daughter, Sindy Young of Auburn, Wash.; his caregiver, Craig Cook of Madison; three grandchildren; one step great-granddaughter; and two step great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby McKibben Shelton, who died in 2000; his father; and his mother, Birdie Shelton McFereson.

No services will be held. Burial will be in Oklahoma.

Lytle Funeral Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

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