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Howard Lafayette Shelton, just shy of 75 years, passed peacefully in his sleep in his home. He is survived by his wife, Rosanna Shelton, of 14 years; five children and 17 grandchildren. He will be missed very much by his close friends and family, including his cousin Lisa Treadwell in New York City, and his “brother” Wally Ward, in Florida. He very much appreciated his loyal and dedicated office staff, Domenicca Dalla Rosa and Patricia Baldwin.

He graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. with a degree in Economics. He always conducted himself in a dignified and calm manner, regardless of stress. He was known as a gentleman and a friend. Many Lexingtonians know him best as the State Farm Insurance Agent, located on Richmond Road for the last 32 years. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to open several business venues including a local bakery, a carpet installation company, a lawn care business, and rental properties. He not only took pride in his businesses, he relished the many friends he made along the way.

He attended Berklee College of Music, in Boston, which complimented his love of drumming. After moving to Lexington, he played within a few local bands. He particularly enjoyed all things Jazz, which is reflected in his massive music collection.

Another keen interest was his love for tennis. Over the years he was often found playing at The Lexington Tennis Club, where he enjoyed much camaraderie. As a true tennis enthusiast, he enjoyed travelling and attending professional tennis tournaments. Howard’s varied interests and accomplishments will forever remain an inspiration.

Memorial services to be determined. Cards and love are gratefully accepted at Howard Shelton State Farm, 2614 Richmond Rd. Lexington, KY 40509. Care Cremation and Funeral Service are entrusted with final care.


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