January 23, 2022

Mrs. Irma Shelnutt

Mrs. Irma Hyatt Shelnutt, beloved teacher, principal, and owner of Shelnutt’s Grocery, passed away Thursday morning, November 12, 2020.

Her homegoing service will be held Saturday November 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will accept guests Saturday afternoon at the church from 12:00 – 2:00 PM prior to the service.

In the interest of the current health situation, please remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask for the protection of yourself and others.

Mrs. Shelnutt was born in Heard County, Georgia, to the late Henry and Clara Eley Hyatt on April 10, 1929.

She had been a resident of Centralhatchee for more than 70 years and taught at Centralhatchee Elementary School for more than 30 years, where she also served as principal. She taught many of the local children and was known for her loving heart and stern but fair discipline.

“Miss Irma,” as she was most often called, loved people and conversation, and was an expert at both. She cooked for and fed everyone she could convince to eat.  She was well-known for her love, caring, and generosity toward all.

As a big part of Shelnutt’s Grocery and S & L Auto Parts, she always greeted customers, friends, acquaintances, and strangers equally, graciously and enthusiastically with a sincere and open smile of welcome, ready to listen and help as much as she could.

Miss Irma was also an active member of Centralhatchee First Baptist Church where she more than willingly helped in any and all ways she could. She taught the adult Sunday School class for many years and was a member of several committees.

She rarely missed a Sunday morning service and made every effort to attend when she was able.

Survivors include one son, Hal Shelnutt; daughter, Rita Loftin; son-in-law, Chuck Loftin; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, John and Jennifer Nelms and children Aiden, Johnathan, Evelyn, and Ripp; Joe and Amy Loftin and children Zach and Alex Loftin and Leona Johnson; Daniel and Nicole Frith and children Caleb Frith, Aiden and Henry Weaver, and Tyler and Kaygan Frith; Joshua Loftin; Jacob and Chelsea Johnson and son Wade; Matt and Jessica Ridgeway and sons Carter and Mason; and Chance Shelnutt.

Miss Irma was preceded in death by her husband, H.J. Shelnutt; sister, Ethel Crockett Stephens of Centralhatchee; brother, Fred Hyatt of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; brother, J.L. Hyatt of Concord, Massachusetts; grandson, Jacob Richard Loftin, and great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Nelms.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.


  1. Tesia Nutt McCormick says

    Rita, Hal & all family, I am so sorry to hear this. Miss Irma was a Sweet, Wonderful, Kind & Beautiful Lady. I learned alot from her at Centralhattchee Elementay School. She was just a Great Person. What a Huge Blessing to have had your Mom this Long. I know yall are Truly Thankful, & Verg Proud to be her Family. She is a Legend ! & Will be missed & remembereby Many ! Prayers for Comfort for all of you. May God carry you through the next days, weeks & months to follow.

  2. i loved mrs irma she was so nice and sweet i will miss her very much

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