Wylie Lonnie “Dub” Shelnut, 79, of Benton died Friday, Sept. 23, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Dec. 12, 1931. to Harlon and Zella Shelnut, who preceded him in death.
Wylie passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and the one true love of his life, his wife of almost 61 years, Joyce Burnett Shelnut.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Brenda Shelnut-Burcham; three young men who gave him much joy and pride, his grandsons, Steven Burcham, John Burcham and wife Tiffany, and Joshua Burcham and wife Jenny; four great-grandchildren, Jaryd, Abigail, Myles and Kegan Burcham; and two sisters, Lottie Jo Rosales and husband Paul of La Habra, Calif., and Wilma Jean Bradford of Benton.
Dub was an elder with the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. where he and Joyce were part of the quickly built program to aid in building Kingdom Halls and working in disaster areas to help rebuild and offer aid. He retired from Reynolds Metals in 1970 and he and Joyce opened Benton Janitorial Service that they ran for the next 30 years.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct.1, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home with David Howell and Gary Melton officiating.
Friends and family may visit anytime at the Shelnut residence.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard .
Family comments: Wylie enjoyed gathering with friends to enjoy camping, good food, music, and travel, and as he used to say, “if there isn’t any room, we will just go home.” So to all who knew him, the family asks that you celebrate that spirit of life and his memory.