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Frederick L. 'Speed' Shelton, SSA worker

The Baltimore Sun

Frederick L. "Speed" Shelton, a retired Social Security Administration worker and president of the Cloverdale Baltimore Basketball Association, died of a heart attack Oct. 21 at St. Agnes Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 74.

Mr. Shelton was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1953 from Douglass High School, where he was on the school's basketball team.

Mr. Shelton worked as a claims clerk for SSA until retiring in 2004.

In 1955, Mr. Shelton and his brother, Milton "Tea" Shelton, founded the Baltimore Rams Organization, a semipro football team that operated in the 1950s and 1960s.

At his death, he was president of the Cloverdale Baltimore Basketball Association, which sponsors youth basketball games.

Mr. Shelton was a member of the Pennsylvania Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are his brother; a sister, Jean Wheeler of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

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