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Charles Sheldon, 88 of Dumas, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at First Baptist Church with Pastor Laquita Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Northlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Beeson ~ Morrison Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 6 o'clock until 8 o'clock in the evening on Friday at the funeral home.
Charles was born June 18, 1934, in Texhoma, Oklahoma to Charles and Nola Sheldon. He moved to the Derrick Ranch in Dumas in 1935 when he was 11 months old. He resided on the Derrick Ranch, next door to the house in which he was raised, until his death.
Charles graduated from Dumas High School in 1951 and received a football scholarship to Panhandle A&M College. While attending college, he met Janey Armstrong who he married in 1953. After graduating from Panhandle A&M College with a degree in Animal Science in 1955, he returned to Dumas to farm. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Over the years Charles was involved in many organizations benefiting Moore County including the Dumas Noon Lions Club, Moore County Junior Livestock Show Association and Moore County Fair. He was involved with the Moore County Livestock Show for over 75 years as an exhibitor and volunteer. Additionally, Charles served on the Rita Blanca Electric Co-Op Board for 40 years.
Charles was named the 2014-2015 Dumas Noon Lions Club Old Timer of the Year. He was inducted into the Wall of Honor at Demon Stadium in the fall of 2018 and named the 2018 Moore County Farmer/Rancher of the Year the following spring. He also received the Moore County Junior Livestock Show Top Hand Award and an Honorary Lone Star Farmer Degree from the Texas FFA.
Charles was a proud supporter of the Dumas Demons and attended his 68th consecutive Demon football season opener this August. He enjoyed having his family and friends around and always looked for a reason for a get together. He also enjoyed sharing stories and working with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids on the farm.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janey; son: James Loren Sheldon; parents; brother: Tom Sheldon; and sister: Bertha Clifton.
Charles is survived by his sons: Terry Sheldon and wife Kathy of Amarillo, TX, Chris Sheldon and wife Patricia of Dumas, TX; daughter: Janis Genn and husband Doyle of Dumas, TX; and 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one on the way; sister: Sylvia Spray of Las Cruces, NM; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
The family requests with gratitude memorials be made to Charles Sheldon Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Amarillo Area Foundation, 801 S Fillmore Suite 700, Amarillo, TX 79101 or Circle of Friends of Moore County.
We are so sorry for your loss. May you memories and God's sweet grace bring you comfort. Sending love and prayers.
Heika Bassham Nov 5 2022 9:09 PM
A great loss to the family and community. Our prayers to his family
Quintin and Neta Clark
Neta Clark Oct 20 2022 6:56 PM
what a great loss to not only the family who loved him so, but also the community that was so enriched by him, and the family he raised there. Grateful to God for receiving this wonderful brother after a full life well lived. well done, sir. well done
Kimila Brazel Oct 15 2022 12:27 PM
I am very sorry for the loss of a true pioneer and leader in Moore County. Mr. Sheldon has been an integral member of his community and a shining example to those of us who grew up in the community.
My prayer are with his family and loved ones.
Georgenia (Brown) Van Tuyl
Georgenia Van Tuyl Oct 13 2022 8:01 PM
Bub was the best brother, partner in work at the Derrick Ranch for 30 years and most-of-the time best friend to Tom, brother along with Bobbie Spencer I never had and encourager for Beth and I when our best friend was so ill for the last two months of his life before Tom went to Heaven in June, 2002. I am sorry Bub is gone now even though I wouldn't want him to come back to earth to suffer. Now, all left of the four and their spouses is one couple and one widow. What a super family to be a part of when the others all were so excited little brother found the long-lost high school sweetheart with that precious 3-year-old who asked him to come live with her and be her daddy. I am so sorry I cannot be there due to health but do hope Beth and Kelly can make the services. Strange that little gal found her spouse sort of from the Derrick Ranch. Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others are telling you is right, wrong or indifferent. Remember, you are never an orphan when you cling tightly to our Lord's unfailing and unchanging hand; He will carry each of you iall of the way wherever and whatever. Remember, we are all still family with wonderful memories. Love to all, Aunt Jackie
Jackie Sheldon Oct 12 2022 10:51 PM