James Shelnut

June 10, 1951 ~ December 26, 2018 (age 67)

James Steve Shelnut, 67, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. James was born on June 10, 1951 in Winfield, Alabama to James Franklin and Maxine Virginia Shelnut.

James served in the Merchant Marine and went on to work as an operator at TOTAL.  James was a kind, strong, hardworking man who always put family first; he would treat others as family members and even called them family. James was single parent after the death of his beloved wife, Juanita Annette Shelnut, and he was a great provider for his children. James had a passion for his grandchildren and for motorcycles; specifically, Harley Davidson’s. James often said, “I’m not a biker, but a bike rider.” James also enjoyed building hot rod cars, but his focus was always his family. James will be missed by his family and his extended family.

James was preceded in death by his loving wife, Juanita Annette Shelnut.

James is survived by a daughter, Melissa Shelnut; a son, James Shelnut, Jr.; grandchildren, Jak Poydence, Maggie Greig, Jaymi Star Shelnut, Arron Shelnut, and Alissa Shelnut; sisters Brenda Shelnut Seaux, and Terry Jimenez, and husband Robert (RJ); and long-time companion, Janice Goodman; as well as a host of friends and extended family.

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