Former Alabama newspaper publisher dies at 89

Published 8:49 am Monday, July 13, 2020

Retired Alabama newspaper executive Barrett Shelton Jr., who helped promote the Tennessee Valley region during in time in journalism, has died.

The Decatur Daily, where Shelton worked as editor and publisher until his retirement about a decade ago, reported that Shelton died Sunday. He was 89.

Shelton began working in the newspaper business in the late 1950s and was named general manager of the family-owned paper in 1965. He took over the top roles following the death of his father in 1984.

Remembered for his love of the community along with his work in journalism, Shelton also helped promote the Tennessee Valley region and develop industry in the area.

“There wasn’t a bigger supporter of Decatur and Morgan County than Barrett Shelton,” said Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur. “He did a lot around the community and did it quietly. He was very impactful and very generous.”

Survivors include Shelton’s wife and three children.