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Recognizing the Life of the Honorable Jon D. Shelton

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 9, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KELLY of Mississippi. Madam Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of Jonathan Douglas Shelton, who passed away on Sunday, August 30, in Tupelo, Mississippi, at age 46.

Jon Shelton was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on May 21, 1974. He was raised in Tupelo, graduating from Tupelo High School after standout careers in high school football and powerlifting. Jon then attended the University of Mississippi, where he continued his studies for his Juris Doctorate. During his youth, Jon also served as the executive coordinator of Mississippi Young Democrats.

Following school, Jon moved back to his hometown of Tupelo, where he owned and operated a successful law firm for many years. In 2004, the Lee County Courier chose Jon as Lee County's ``Best Man.'' and Lee County's ``Best Attorney'' four times in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Outside of his successful career, Jon was an avid BMX bicycle racer, winning the Mississippi State Championship and achieving a national ranking for many years.

Through his law firm and his service to his church, East Heights Baptist Church, Jon was a caring soul whose proudest moments were helping those around him.

Left to cherish Jon's memory is his mother, Dr. Judy Woods; his stepfather, Buck Woods; his brother, Mayor Jason L. Shelton; his nephew; and a host of cousins, family, and friends.

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