Mrs. Erlene Holloway Shelnutt, age 84, of Franklin gained her angels’ wings June 28, 2020.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 2 p.m. from Franklin Church of God with Rev. Noel Forrester and Mr. Shane Lasseter officiating. She will lie in state at the church from 1:00 PM until the funeral hour. Interment will follow the service in Heard County Memorial Gardens.
The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 5 – 7 p.m.
She was born September 4, 1935, in Heard County to the late Charlie Holloway and Essie Mae Wright Holloway.
She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at the age of 13. Her heart’s desire was to become a missionary, but the Lord had other service opportunities in store for her.
She graduated from Heard County High School (Class of 1954) and had plans to attend nursing school at Georgia Baptist. In 1956, she began an internship at Heard County Hospital under the tutelage of Carolyn Booth. Erlene worked in every department at the hospital at one point or another. She was a fast learner and became known for her calming effect on patients.
While interning for the hospital, Erlene lived in a three-room dormitory. One of her housemates, Margaret Shelnutt, introduced her to her brother, Quinard. They fell in love and were married in 1957. They were together for 55 wonderful years until Quinard’s passing in 2012.
Erlene continued to work at the Heard County Hospital until it closed. She also worked many years in the offices of Dr. Caswell, Dr. Fisher, and Dr. Robinson.
It was for her Lord and her fellow man that she had a true servant’s heart. She was a charter member of Franklin Church of God, where she served as the clerk and treasurer. She taught Sunday School and helped with the girls and young ladies ministries. She drove countless miles with Mr. Quinard picking up children to attend church with the bus ministry. She worked in the church’s clothing ministry organizing donated clothes for distribution. She even found the time to teach Sunday School to the residents of Franklin Nursing Home, who honored her with a plaque in 2003 for her service.
She also wanted to ensure that no one went hungry. She helped to organize the local food pantry and invited families to eat at her home each week after church. Some of her most popular dishes were fried salmon with biscuits, green beans, potato salad, and coleslaw.
Survivors include two daughters: Sherrie Kagey (Ken) and Sue Lasseter (Benny); a special daughter, Regina Orth; five grandchildren: Kevin Raines (Gina), Shane Lasseter (Nickie), Shea Lasseter (Ashley), Brian Lasseter, and Jessica Gilland (Brandon); eight great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lois Holloway and Lou Sanders; three brothers: Kenny Holloway (Angela), Frank Holloway (Berdine), and James Holloway; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Quinard Shelnutt; one sister, Mamie Reeves; and four brothers: Benny Holloway, Curtis Holloway, Troy Holloway, and Ray Holloway.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.