top of page

Tribute Page


The family of Sean Shelton created this Life Tributes page to view information related to the service or send flowers to the family.

Doc May 18, 2021, 7_edited.png
Sean Shelton

September 28, 1964


May 13, 2021



Sean Shelton, was born September 28, 1964 in Detroit, MI to mother, Janice O. Shelton and father, Wardell Piper, Sr.  Both his mother and father preceded him in death.


Sean was edcuated in the Hamtramck Catholic School System for his entire schooling from K-12.  Sean was very smart, earning a 4.0 GPA, and receiving many honors and certificates.   Sean also played most sports and his love was basketball.  He went straight to the varsity team becasue of his hard work in practice and his recreation time. Due to his skills, size and especially his height, he was published weekly in Hamtramck newspapers. 


He enrolled in Indiana College furthering his education and sports career.  He was being watched by many scouts during those years.  Unfortunately, due to a knee injurty, he was out for a period of time.  But in time, we witnessed Sean return with a vengeance, because he LOVED THE GAME!


His manager/coach referred and recommended Sean with his skills and talent, he played in Yugoslavia.   He appeared in many news articles and papers, even in another country.  After the wars broke out Sean, returned to the U.S.   He continued his career, however, due to his knee injuries with complications, Sean unfortunately had to retire after a great run on the court.


He was Later employed with Karmanos Cancer Institute, Comerica Bank and finally he spent the last 34 years at Chrysler Corporation (i.e. Daimler, FCA and now Stellantis).  Sean as a UAW brother, working even the last day of his life, May 13, 2021.  He will be greatly missed.


Sean was a 3rd generation member from birth of Jones Temple, COGIC, following his grandmother, mother and many family members, all falling under the leadership of the late Bishop Alexander Jones.


Sean was greatly loved by his family, and he was blessed to have a comfortable life and good education.  Janice bragged on her Sean!  He learned a strong work ethic because of those before and around him.  He was very supportive in all family functions in times of ups and downs.  Sean grew up a gentle giant, he would give you the shirt off his back, but dont get it wrong, he was no push over and stood for what he believed.


He leaves to mourn his loss and cherish his memories, brother, Wardell Piper, Jr.; sisters, Deborah Porter, Diane Ivy and Stella Means and a host of aunts, cousins, family and friends, including his UAW Family.

Funeral Service

Friday, May 21, 2021

2:00pm (EST) Funeral

Life Journey's Funeral Home

31730 Mound Rd

Warren, MI  48092



Telephone: 586-554-7974
Facebook: Life's Journey Funeral Home 
Instagram:  Life's Journey Funeral Home



31730 Mound Rd.

Warren, MI  48092

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm


bottom of page