Shelton worked at C. William Hetzer Inc. contractors, Hagerstown, in the maintenance department at the new asphalt plant, said his father, Larry Shelton Sr.
He was two credits away from graduating from Hedgesville High School where he played football. He also attended Parkersburg South High School for two years.
In 1993, Shelton began weightlifing and won the West Virginia State Weightlifting Championship that year. Shelton placed second in the National Weightlifting Championships in 1994.
"He was a very healthy, young, strong individual who had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone," his father said.
For the past two years, Shelton volunteered at a summer camp with the Wood County Crippled Children's Society. He worked as a counselor taking disabled children on hikes, showing them how to fish and do other activities, his father said. He had planned to work there this summer.
"He was a very loving, caring, healthy and happy individual," his father said.
Though Shelton's earlier goal was to play football in college, he had recently decided to enter military service and had talked to a U.S. Army recruiter a few weeks ago, Shelton said.
Shelton also is survived by his mother, Carol Hatison Pierce of Martinsburg; two sisters; two step-sisters and his grandmother.
Funeral services will held Friday morning at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The family will receive friends and family at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.