Judge Wayne Shelton honored for service

After being presented a proclamation, Judge Wayne Shelton and his wife Patty Shelton stand with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

The Montgomery County Commission honored by proclamation retiring Judge Wayne Shelton for his 43-year career to the Division II of Montgomery County Juvenile and General Sessions Court.

Shelton is the longest presiding General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge in the State of Tennessee.

On Monday, June 13, at the Montgomery County Commission meeting, County Mayor Jim Durrett presented Shelton with a proclamation.

Wayne Shelton graduated from Stuttgart High School in Arkansas in 1963. Shelton graduated from Southwestern in Memphis, which became Rhodes College in 1967 with a BA in philosophy, according to the proclamation.

In 1973, Shelton graduated from Memphis State University School of Law. He served in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer from 1968 to 1972. He was stationed with the West Germany Army.

Shortly after receiving his law degree, Shelton began practicing in Clarksville.

On July 1, 1979, he was appointed Judge of the Division II Juvenile and General Sessions court by Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander and has served in the capacity since that appointment.

Following Monday’s presentation, Shelton said he appreciated the recognition.

“Serving this county has been a real honor these 43 years,” Shelton said. “Serving the Army is another honor I’m very proud of. … It’s a real blessing to be a servant.”

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