18 Jun Couples: Shelley and Justin Charton
HER Shelley Charton
Where did you grow up: Hot Springs.
Education: Bachelor of science degree in nursing from UAMS.
Job: I previously worked as a labor and delivery nurse. Once we moved to Conway, I worked in childbirth and diabetes education. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom after having my third baby girl.
Why did you choose your vocation: It is all I have ever wanted to do! I love taking care of patients in the hospital setting.
Parents: Bren May of Maumelle.
Community activities: Justin and I serve on the K-Life board.
Church activities: We have been a part of a life group at New Life Church for seven years.
Hobbies/special interests: I enjoy running, biking, tennis, and pretty much anything with my girls.
How would you describe yourself: I am an optimistic extrovert who loves people!
What is one thing people don’t know about you: I am deathly afraid of riding in a car on mountains. Not all heights, just cars on mountains.
What do you enjoy most about living in the 501: After living in Texas, I realize how much I love trees! Arkansas is such a beautiful state with so many great opportunities for our family.
HIM Justin Charton
Native of: Morrilton.
Education: Bachelor of science degree from Arkansas Tech; medical degree from UAMS; internal medicine internship at UAMS; and ophthalmology residency at University of Texas Southwestern.
Job: Ophthalmologist at MSC Eye Associates.
Why did you choose your vocation: I enjoyed the technical nature of eye surgery and the ability to focus on a specific area of the body.
Parents: Rick and Marcia Charton of Morrilton.
Community activities: K-Life board member, PHO board member, and a member of the Conway Regional ACM committee.
Church activities: Attend New Life Church and a member of the Rawls’ Life Group.
Hobbies/special interests: Spending time with my kids, mountain biking and most any outdoor activity.
How would you describe yourself: Energetic and detail-oriented.
What is one thing people don’t know about you: Last year, I finished first in the Single Speed Marathon division of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series.
Most enjoyed weekend activity: Camping with family.
What do you enjoy most about living in the 501: It’s the perfect place to raise our family and I have the privilege of taking care of people in and around the communities where I was raised.
Residents of: Conway.
How we met: We met at Fellowship Bible in Little Rock through a mutual friend.
The proposal: Justin woke me up at 5:30 a.m. to surprise me with a morning hike. We made it to the top of Pinnacle Mountain just in time for a proposal at sunrise!
Wedding bells: Dec. 21, 2002, at Fellowship Bible in Little Rock.
Children: Alexa (14), Hollan (11), Sydney (9) and Ellison (6).
Pets: Ryder, a 4-year-old Bouvier des Flandres.
Family activities: Camping, fishing, hiking, the lake, the beach, ALL of the outdoor things!