Smoky Mountain Mercantile & U-haul
A little bit of everything and something for everyone.
The Team
The Team

 Owners Arthur & Kyle Shelton.



Arthur was born in West Virginia where his father worked in the Hatfield coal mines. Around the age of 10, his family moved to Shelton Laurel located in Madison County North Carolina. Once Arthur was of age, he proudly served our county in the Army for 4 years as a aircraft identification officer. After the Army, Arthur spent the next 15 years as foreman, laying telephone cable between North Carolina and Georgia. He then started Shelton Backhoe & Excavating while working a side job as a barber. He finished out his working career as a full time barber for 25+ years before retiring.

Kyle was born in Mobridge, South Dakota. Her father was a game warden who taught her value of a good work ethic. Her career started out in Washington D.C. where she was a secretary for a government agency. She then transitioned into the hospitality industry where she spent the next 30+ years. She left that industry so that they could open a small restaurant in the Walnut community of Madison County. After seeing the success of the first restaurant, Kyle & Arthur opened a second one in Hot Springs, North Carolina. She spent the next several years in the restaurant business until moving back to South Daktoa to help take care of her parents.

Now retired, Arthur and Kyle live in Mooresburg, Tennessee 

In loving memory of our companion and friend Peanut,

We love you
Momma and Diddy



They enjoy living closer to family and running the Smoky Moutnain Mercantile in White Pine, Tennessee.

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