Deacon Eric E. Shelton, 55. Sunrise September 18, 1955 – Sunset February 5, 2011. He was born in Columbus to the late Jessie and Merrial J. Shelton, Sr. He was a member of Miracle Cathedral where he served as the Head Deacon, Armorbearer, and founder of Freed Up Group. Deacon Shelton owned S & S Company specializing in security, locksmith, auto repair, and wood craftsmanship. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Latasha and brothers William Anthony Shelton, Greg Shelton and Paul Smith. Left to cherish his memory, wife Sheila Shelton, sons Eric (April) Houston, Scottie Henderson, James Shelton, Derrick Shelton, and Tony (Vina) Jenkins, daughters Erica Houston and Tamika Jenkins, brothers Merrial (Edith) Shelton, Jr., Larry (Exar) Shelton, Joe Shelton, Kenneth (Phyllis ) Shelton, and Mark Shelton, sisters Phyllis Poindexter and Karen Shelton, 11 grandchildren, adopted brother Bishop Jerry L. Pierce and a host of other relatives and friends.