Robert Patrick “Scooter” Shelton, age 71, died during his afternoon nap on December 5, 2023 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born December 14, 1951, in El Dorado, Arkansas, the youngest of four children born to Helen and Pat Shelton.
Scooter attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School then Rogers Junior high and graduated El Dorado High School class of 1970. He studied accounting at South Arkansas University before going to work offshore as a cook on an oil exploration ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Scooter then worked in pool construction and maintenance for James Mason in El Dorado.
After moving to Little Rock in the mid 1980s, he worked for Purolator Company and later for United Healthcare delivering infusions. In 1990, Scooter became very depressed and was eventually accepted by Birch Tree Communities for over 20 years. Most recently he lived at Good Shepherd Community and then assisted living at the Heights at Parkway Village.
Scooter was an avid sports fan and a huge supporter of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Dallas Cowboys. He was the best “color commentator” and statistician ever. Scooter always enjoyed attending the Little Rock Touchdown club meetings.
A lifelong Catholic, Scooter served as an altar boy at Holy Redeemer and shared many stories of Father Louis Janesko. He attended Mass at Christ the King and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Little Rock and always prayed the Rosary.
Scooter was predeceased by his parents and his brother Stanley “Bud” Shelton. Surviving him are sisters Patricia Miles of Little Rock and his brother-in-law Jim who saw to Scooter’s every need, and Catherine Ward of Conway, South Carolina, his beloved niece, Barbara Miles (Hank Bates) and Kristen Anders; nephews Steve Miles, Deron Anders and Allan James.
We all remember Scooter as the life of the party who loved his family and friends, many of whom stayed in close touch with him and visited him. His and their adventures are unparalleled.
Our family is especially grateful to Dr Jasmine Prime and staff of Baptist PACE and also the staff of Parkway Heights assisted living who provided him such supportive care.
Scooter chose to be cremated and his ashes will be buried in our family plot in El Dorado with Catholic graveside services followed by a celebration of his life at a future date in El Dorado. Memorials for Scooter have been established at the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado for the Cecil Kellum ball park online at httsp://www.eldoradokids.org or mail memorials to 1201 N. West Avenue Eldorado, AR 71730 and also for Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 440 West Main St., El Dorado, AR 71730.
Cremation services are being provided by Smith Family Funeral Home, Little Rock.