Wesley N. Shelton dies at age 75

Pharmacist who co-owned drugstores

August 06, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Wesley Nathaniel Shelton, a retired pharmacist who had co-owned four drugstores, died July 26 of sarcoidosis and cardiovascular disease at his West Baltimore home. He was 75.

Mr. Shelton, the son of a Bethlehem steelworker and a homemaker, was born in Blackstone, Va., and moved with his family to West Baltimore in the early 1940s.

He was a 1951 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned his pharmacy degree in 1955 from Howard University.

Mr. Shelton served as an Army pharmacist from 1957 to 1959.

With two partners, Mr. Shelton established Hilton Court Pharmacies Inc. at Liberty Heights Avenue and Hilton Street.

After the death of his two business associates, he formed a partnership with Marcus Carson, and the two men continued operating the Northwest Baltimore pharmacy, which they later renamed the Garwyn Pharmacy and closed because of changing economic conditions.

They later owned and operated the Harlem Park Pharmacy, Pharmacy 4200 and Madison Park Pharmacy. He retired in 1998 after selling the businesses to Rite Aid.

Mr. Shelton had been a 42-year member of Enon Baptist Church, where he had served as a trustee, committee member and chairman of the pulpit committee and was active in the Porter W. Phillips Men's Club.

A longtime resident of the Fairmount neighborhood, Mr. Shelton was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and had served as president of the Delta Lambda chapter. He also was a member of Chi Delta Mu, a medical, dental and pharmacy fraternity, and the Maryland Pharmacy Society.

He was an avid photographer and collector of jazz and blues recordings.

Services were held Monday at his church.

Surviving are his college sweetheart and wife of 53 years, the former Alice Gray Jones, a retired social worker; a son, Darryl S. Shelton of Baltimore; a daughter, Stephanie D. Utsey of Baltimore; three sisters, Ruth Binsky of Lochearn, Madelyn Thompson of Randallstown and Maxine Jackson of Owings Mills; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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