Bruce D. Shelton, 48, died on Dec. 25 after a long illness.
Shelton graduated from West Mesquite High School in 1986 and attended Texas A&M and Richland College. He was an active volunteer throughout the community, volunteering for years at Resource Center and Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance. He was also actively involved in Stonewall Democrats candidates screenings.
Shelton was preceded in death by his grandparents, Inez and Leroy White, Frances Umpleby and Bill Shelton. He is survived by his parents, Ronnie and Cleta Shelton; brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Lori Shelton; nephews Jordan and Cameron; uncle and aunt, Carl and Virginia Shelton; aunt Faye Walls; aunt and uncle, Novell and Gordon Allen; great-aunt Irene Wells; numerous cousins and friends.
As per his wishes, there will be no services. He will be buried at Starr Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Starr Cemetery, P.O. Box 1162, Canton, Texas 75103, or to the charity of your choice.
Longtime Imperial Court de’ Fort Worth/Arlington and Texas Gay Rodeo Association volunteer Robert “Bob” Jackson died Dec. 27 from natural causes at his home in Fort Worth. He was 68.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter Lee Jackson and Frankie Fay Jackson and his life partner of over 30 years, the late Tom “Pawpaw” Merit.
Jackson was Emperor XV of The Imperial Court de’ Fort Worth/Arlington and the couple was very involved with TGRA since its inception.
He was very involved in his community and he loved a parade – any parade. He was also an animal lover and volunteered at a few animal shelters when he had the time. If you kept up with him on Facebook, you could see him almost daily at some community celebration or festival. All that had the privilege to know him will miss him. He is now at Pawpaw’s side. Both are happily watching all of his family and friends.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Jan. 5 at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 1, 2016.