Selwyn McRae Burleson and Shirley Ann Barlow Burleson

Published 4:31 pm Monday, January 8, 2018

Selwyn McRae Burleson, 58, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. His wife, Shirley Ann Barlow Burleson, 62, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at their residence.
Residents of the Shell Creek Community of Roan Mountain, Selwyn was the son of Pauline Brown Burleson, Roaring Creek, N.C., and the late McRae Burleson. He was a native of Spruce Pine, N.C. Shirley was the daughter of the late Ira and Emma Sparks Barlow. She was a native of Crossnore, N.C.
Selwyn McRae Burleson was a carpenter. He loved trains and carpentry work and spending time with family. Shirley Ann Barlow Burleson was a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed antiques and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Both Mr. and Mrs. Burleson were members of Lower Shell Creek Christian Church.
Selwyn McRae Burleson was preceded in death by his father. Shirley Ann Barlow Burleson, in addition to her parents, was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Buchanan, and a brother, Frank Barlow.
Those left to cherish their memory include a daughter, Megan Dakota Trivett and husband Justin, Banner Elk, N.C.; two sons, Jack Shell and wife Ginger, Johnson City, Tenn., and John Shell and wife Amy, Jonas Ridge, N.C.; grandchildren, Reed Shell, Caroline Shell, Jaxon Street, Alexis Sumner, Shad Teaster, Dalton Turbyfill and A.J. Harmon; and great-grandchildren, Asher Harmon and Adriyan Harmon. Mr. Burleson is also survived by a brother, Alric Burleson, and a sister, Paula Burleson, both of Roaring Creek, N.C.
A graveside service to honor the lives of Selwyn McRae Burleson and Shirley Ann Barlow Burleson will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, in the Perry Cemetery, Shell Creek Community, Roan Mountain, Tenn., with Mr. Roger Boone, minister, officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at the Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, Tenn., from 12 until 2 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the graveside service. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is serving the Burleson family. Office: (423) 543-5544.

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