Clyde H. Shelton

  • Born: March 7, 1931
  • Died: June 2017
  • Location: Tennessee

Tribute & Message From The Family

Clyde was born on March 7, 1931 and passed away in June 2017.

Clyde was a resident of Tennessee at the time of passing.

He went on to graduate from Central High School in 1949.

He went to work at Kraft Foods until joining the United States Air Force in 1951 where he trained as a crew chief on the T-33 and F86 aircraft.

Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday at 1 PM until time of service at 4 PM at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. John Hathcock officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

For his extraordinary and endearing contributions to aviation, Clyde was elected into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame in 2016.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I just found out about Mr. Clyde's passing. I was saddened to hear this. Mr. Clyde gave me three checkrides and is instrumental in me continuing to fly as a flight instructor. I will miss knowing he is just a phone call or email away.

Posted by Donald Neuberg - LaGrange, GA   April 23, 2018

I was always honored, and humbled to be in Mr. Shelton's presence. He knew more about aviation, than anyone could ever imagine. He is flight instructing at the highest level now. Thank you for being part of my life, Mr. Shelton.

Posted by Hardin Randle - Denver, CO   June 30, 2017

Sorry for your loss. I'm one of the 1000 plus who took my private check ride from Clyde.

Posted by Roger Swanson - Lindale, GA   June 21, 2017

What a loss to the pilot community. I am very glad that I has a chance to know and meet him.

Posted by Donnie Underwood - Columbia, TN   June 19, 2017

I flew from Atlanta for my private check ride in '97. I probably learned more on that check ride than I did during my training. Was such a great experience. I remember making him laugh on the ride. Hit my first check point right on schedule. He told me my destination was closed. I eyeballed my alternate and made sure that I could use any method at my disposal to navigate to that airport. He said "yes". I still had Huntsville approach on the other half of my radio. Flipped freqs and got a radar vector. Don't think he saw that one coming and got a chuckle out of it. Best part was Mr. Shelton having fun with me after the test. We (I) flew under the hood all the way back and shot a hooded approach with him giving me instructions all the way to the flare. He was a one of a kind to be sure and will be greatly missed.

Will Bruner - Atlanta, GA

Posted by Will Bruner - Marietta, GA   June 19, 2017

If there ever was a true gentleman from the South, it was Clyde Shelton.

Posted by A friend   June 16, 2017


Posted by KELLEY - OH   June 16, 2017

Mr. Shelton and I met last November for my IFR check ride. I am so thankful for the opportunity to fly with him and his graciousness in dealing with a nervous pilot. I will never forget him bringing me in to MDQ under the hood, all the way to touchdown! I wish I could've known him more. God Bless You Mr. Shelton, till we meet again...

Posted by Mike Johnson - Decatur, AL   June 15, 2017

What a great man he was. I learned not just flight lessons, but life lessons from him. Over come your fears. Don't panic. Know your check list. He made sure I'd always remember the day I solo'd even though I didn't think I was ready. It was the day of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident and I only had 7 hours of instruction. But, I did it! Thank you, Clyde, for almost that you have.

Posted by Grady Gaston - Huntsville, AL   June 14, 2017

From 2006-2009 I spoke with Clyde twice a week and sent ~600 checkrides from our two locations to help towards the 10000. The instructor pool turned over quite a bit, but Clyde was a mainstay. Without him, my job would have been near impossible. I will fondly remember our phone conversations as we worked together to get so many pilots in the air for life. Though it's been years since we've spoken, a big part of my old team is now gone. I'll miss him. In the mean time, I'll be praying for your family and all Clyde's friends.

Posted by Wylie Jones - Atlanta, GA   June 14, 2017

A checkride with MR Shelton was always a lesson from a master. He was a man of the highest integrity and. Commitment to his profession, family and community. An Icon and role model to the pilot community that touched many people's lives in a positive way that molded so many . Blue skies and tailwinds to Ya Clyde.!

Posted by Mike Dohrenwend - Madison, AL   June 14, 2017

Clyde taught me to fly 34 years ago. He was a wonderful flight instructor and I remember my time spent in the cockpit with him very fondly. I still use and enjoy the skills he taught me to this day.

Posted by Dan Langhout - Owens Cross Roads, AL   June 13, 2017

This literally hurts my heart to see. He was a great man and an awesome pilot. I know he will be missed by many. Rest in peace Mr. Shelton. I feel honored to have flown with you. God bless you and your loves ones.

Posted by paul Emerson - cordova, TN   June 13, 2017

One of the best men I ever had the chance to know! He administered five check-rides to me and everyone was a pleasure. You will be missed ole friend. Until we meet again, enjoy the flying up there.

Posted by Kyle Copeland - Smyrna, GA   June 13, 2017

As a CFI at North Huntsville from '87-89, I sent probably a dozen aviators to Clyde for their respective pilot certificate. Mr Shelton was a consummate aviator, citizen, and friend. He will be missed.

Posted by Chuck Buchanan Delta Airlines/A-320 - Atlanta, GA   June 13, 2017

Thanks for the memories and all your dedication to bringing more pilots into this world and keeping them safe. You will be missed and not forgotten

Posted by Bill Hanks - Huntsville, AL   June 13, 2017

Clyde was my flight instructor and such a wonderful man. I'll never forget how calm he was in any situation and how lovingly he spoke of his wife. He was one of the good guys and I'll treasure my memories of him.

Posted by Pam Wallace - Huntsville, AL   June 13, 2017

As a flying student of Clyde for several years I am saddened at his passing. He was a wonderful teacher and human being.

Posted by John Bailey - Huntsville, AL   June 13, 2017

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by young - OH   June 12, 2017