Shelton Lavon Barker was born on March 31, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mary-Alice “Penny” Vivian (preceded in death). He departed this life on January 22, 2022.
Shelton was a God-fearing, loving husband, devoted father, caring brother and good friend.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife Yvelande St. Barker; four sons Jalen Barker, Jahvon Barker, Qawi’Jordyn St. Barker and X’Zayvion St. Hilaire; three daughters Jasmine Whittaker (granddaughter Addison Ballard), Myracle St. Hilaire and Iymperiahl St. Hilaire; two sisters Alicia Hemphill (brother-in-law Don; nephew/niece Anthony, Ariyonnah), Rasheedah Vivian (brother-in-law Christopher; niece Sina) and brother Anwar Vivian; three great aunts Paulette Carter, Marion VanGuine (Uncle Julius) and Etta Barton; two aunts Nikki Berry and Paula Barker; and uncle Benjamin “Benny” Barker; father-in-law Arnold St. Hilaire; mother-in-law Elude St. Hilaire and their children; best friends Travis Warren and Willie Brown; and a host of other relatives which includes other nieces and nephews, cousins, other aunts and uncles and friends.
Shelton was a high school graduate of Edgewater High School. After high school he enlisted in the Marine Corp from 1992-1995 and served in the Persian Gulf War. He then received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at Liberty University. He also obtained a certificate of completion from Virginia Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship Program, which led him to become a licensed electrician.
We lost a special one with Shelton, he saw the hope in all things and was able to put words to it. His warm demeanor was infectious and his laugh, a comfort to the ear. He loved fiercely and deeply and we take comfort in knowing that Shelton is now at peace surrounded by God’s comfort. He was gone before we knew it, and only God knew why. A million times we needed you, a million times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God took you home. Until we meet again. May your spirit rest in the arms of God.
Shelton Lavon Barker, we love and miss you dearly.