Douglas Harbart Shelton Jr.

douglas shelton

November 29, 1955 ~ June 20, 2024

Born in: Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Douglas H. Shelton, Jr., 68, of Arlington, Texas, passed away on June 20, 2024. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

After graduation from Richard King High School, he attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Later in life, he attended Tarrant County Community College in Fort Worth, Texas.

Most of Doug’s 40-year career was in the retail and merchandising business. He enjoyed listening to all types of music, his favorite being smooth jazz. He also enjoyed golf, fishing, bowling, gardening, Yahtzee and disc golf. Doug was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Benedict Parish in Fort Worth, Texas.

Doug was preceded in death by his father Douglas Sr. and mother Katherine S., and sister Katherine S. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Adriana R.; daughter Lisa C. and husband W. Brandon Williams; son Douglas III and fiancee Kristin A.; sister Lynn S. and husband Robert E. Bailey; sister Gale S. and husband Ralph McCloskey; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Wade Funeral Home & Crematory, 4140 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas, 76013, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, June 28, 2024, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 2920 Azle Avenue, Fort Worth Texas, 76106. Graveside service will be at Calvary Cemetery, 3200 Cannon Drive, Mansfield, Texas 76063. Reception to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, Texas 76017.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Doug’s honor to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary at


Public Visitation: June 26, 2024 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Rosary: June 26, 2024 7:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Mass: June 28, 2024 10:00 am

St. Benedict Catholic Church
2920 Azle Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76106

(817) 439-9944

Interment: June 28, 2024 12:30 pm

Calvary Cemetery Mansfield
3200 Cannon Drive
Mansfield, Texas 76063

(817) 473-6709

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Memories Timeline


  1. CandleImageThank you for being a good friend and neighbor. I will miss our mailbox chats that we had. You will be missed. Thank you for the times we shared stories.

  2. CandleImageYou were always smiling when I saw you, and I felt very welcome in yours and Mrs. Shelton’s house. Thank you. May you rest in peace 🙏

  3. Harbart the 2 was, to say the least, the most fantastic of characters. Not to mention, in my eyes, a most fantastic father. For some of us friends of Harb the 3, I’d go as far as to say that he was almost like a second father. I’m a friend of Doug’s since high school. Doug and our buddies and I used to practice/play music in the garage at the Shelton household. We weren’t that great, but I don’t think we were that bad either. But in Doug’s dad’s eyes, we were the best. It didn’t matter that we played crappy punk rock and not great metal. What he saw was his son, and his beloved friends, doing what they loved to do most. And that, I can say just from my memory of looking at him while we did this, put him at his happiest. To see his son doing what made HIM happy. A father like this is something every child deserves.
    But if there’s one thing that really struck me personally about this guy was his demeanor. He never judged. No criticism. Advice given only when necessary, not the advice given from someone who always knows it all and has to always give it (to a bunch of young punks or whoever, really). And so humble. Something that most of us on this earth need a lesson on. On what might seem the contrary, he was very engaging. He wanted to know what was up. How you were. What was going on in your world. To hear you. And see you. He could see right through you, with both his mind and those big dorky glasses of his. He wouldn’t let his sight off of you for a second. As a teenager, it was almost overwhelming. But now, for me, as an ‘adult’, I see it as a trait in the people I hope to surround myself with.
    I didn’t see him for a very long time. Fortunately, I made a trip up to Arlington last year and got to spend a little time with him. I wish it would have been longer. But I feel grateful. He was a great person, and I feel grateful to have known him. My love to Adrianna, Lisa, the family and, of course, to you buddy. I lament your loss. He’s gone too soon.

  4. CandleImageDoug was a very hard worker, a devoted husband and father. I remember him from the mid 80’s when he and his wife were living in Louisiana with their two young children, and then later we all wound up in Arlington. His wife became one of my very best friends back then and they both quickly became trusted friends whom I could confide in, they were truly a blessing in my life, instrumental I would say. A man, still young in our day and age, who has passed early in life is just heartbreaking. I can only imagine what his family must be feeling and I have all in my prayers. He will surely be missed but etched in many people’s hearts and will never be forgotten. Prayers to him and his family, may he rest in peace with our Heavenly Father, AMEN!

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