Floyd Gene “Chief” Shelton was born June 18, 1940 in Houma, LA to his parents Eugene and Bertha Shelton. Floyd confessed his life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mizpah Seventh Day Adventist Church under the pastorate of Elder Douglas Batson. He attended the East Chicago Public School System. Later, he enlisted in the army at the age of 17, before graduation, but was allowed to complete high school. Floyd attended Washington High School and graduated with his class in 1959. He served 4 years as a medic and was stationed in Germany. He learned to speak German and spoke it fluently. Later, He served as a Local Elder in in Seventh Day Adventist Churches in the area.
After returning from the service, he was employed at US Steel in Gary, IN. Floyd enjoyed wood carving and quoting Bible scriptures, which he will be remembered for. He knew the Bible well from cover to cover. Floyd met, fell in love, and married the girl we knew as “Tomi” in 1976. No children were born to this union. Later, after going their separate ways, he resided in the surrounding areas such as Gary, East Chicago, and Hammond, IN.
On February 11, 2018, Floyd departed this life at 2:18PM at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, IN after a short illness. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Bertha Shelton; grandparents Paul and Albertha Smith; 3 uncles Paul, Henry, and Daniel Smith and one aunt Helen R. Smith. He leaves to cherish his memories his two aunts Pearl Williams of East Chicago, IN and Ellen Gibbs of Hammond, IN; nine first cousins Pamela E.G. Swader, known as Floyd’s singing cousin, Harrison (Darlene) Gibbs, Sr., Joyce D. Abrams, (Proctor of Affairs), Rev. Daniel T (Abondo) Smith, Jr., Debra (Samuel) Smith, Barry (Christina) Smith, Robert (Nina) Williams, Lila Gibbs, and Mazola (Rudolph) Frank; his special friends Roger Haney, Walter Hurley, and Willie Collins; extended family Mizpah Seventh Day Adventist Church, Straford Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church, Brunswick Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church, All Nations Seventh Day Adventist Church, and Hammond Seventh Day Adventist Church and a host of other relatives and friends.