Don Edward Shelman, otherwise known as DADDY, PA, PAPA DON, THE BEST BROTHER AND ONE OF A KIND HUSBAND, 81 years old, passed away on June 11th, 2023. He was born June 19, 1941, in Hazen AR., to Evelyn Shelman and Wayne Shelman ( both deceased). He is survived by, his loving wife of 62 1/2 years, Sarah Shelman. He is also survived by 3 children, Alan Shelman ( Patty), Larry Shelman ( Ronda) and Lori Shelman. 5 grandchildren Bradley Shelman ( Chelsea), Corey Shelman ( River), Zack Shelman ( Brianna), Josh Shelman ( Aaliyah) and Ellie Shelman ( Derrick) 9 great grands, Lexi, Olivia, Jasper, Gracie, Bryn, Cole, Rylie, Emerson and Zeke. He is survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers Jimmy Shelman ( Ginger), Glenda Sutton ( Jay), Nancy Douglas, Gary Shelman. 9 more children that were special in his life were Todd Alan, Kate and Anna McDonald,Maddison Hilgeman, Henry, Samuel, Amelia and Theo Schluterman. He was predeceased by his very special great grandson Owen Beck Shelman.
He was well known for his master mechanic skills, which trickled down to many others, especially his grandson Bradley. He was very creative and could draw or paint any picture imaginable. He was an Awesome Christian man, that loved his family, with all of his heart, especially his wife Sarah Shelman. Their marriage was a hugh example of what a good marriage should be. Their love and connection was amazing. He was all of this and more. One of the things that many people know him for is his jokes and the way he loved to make people laugh. All of us hear his jokes, being repeated daily and I pray that never stops.
We would like to thank all of the special people, that helped to take care of him, in varies ways. To include the CARTI foundation, Baptist home health and Carelink. Because of their special care, he died CANCER-FREE!
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 20, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Ark., from 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 21 at Crystal Hill Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., on Lawson and Crystal Valley Road. Immediately following the funeral, lunch will be provided at the church. After lunch, the burial will be 2 p.m. at the Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Bradley Shelman, Corey Shelman, Zack Shelman, Josh Shelman, Derrick Griggs, Gary Shelman, William Eldridge and Craig Schluterman. Honorary Pallbearers are Alan Shelman, Larry Shelman, Jimmy Shelman, Jay Sutton and Steve Casey. Any donations that would like to be made in his name can be made to CARTI research Center in Little Rock.