James Alan Shelton, 53, passed away on Tuesday at Holston Valley Medical Center after being diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
James was born in Kingsport and called Gate City, Va. Home. He played lead guitar for the most legendary of Bluegrass bands, Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys. He was also the band's road manager for nearly 20 years.
James received a Grammy award in 2002 for best Bbluegrass album for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and Jim Lauderdale.
Visiting hours will be from 5pm to 8pm Friday at Johnson-Arrowood Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted 11am Saturday in the funeral home chapel.
Graveside services will be conducted following the service Saturday at Church Hill Memory Gardens.
Donations may be made to The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue in Kingsport or the American Cancer Society in Johnson City.